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Henry Cavill would love to be James Bond, thinks he's ready after M:I role

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Jul 26, 2018, 4:52 PM EDT

As Daniel Craig brushes up on his secret agent skills in preparation for Bond 25 - the actor’s final film as the legendary James Bond - another contender has entered the ranks for his replacement as 007. Superman portrayer Henry Cavill, fresh off the press tour promoting the acclaimed Mission: Impossible - Fallout, had his serious action movie skills put to the test - which could have prepared him better than anyone to take over as Britain’s finest agent.

In an interview with Yahoo UK, Cavill was asked if he was interested in more franchise acting beyond M:I and the a franchise like Bond. The actor replied with the usual “never say never” approach most in the industry do, but with the added insight that his past work has been honing him for the task.

“I would love to do it of course,” Cavill said. “I think Bond would be a really fun role. It’s British, it’s cool. I think that now that I have my Mission: Impossible badge we can do real stunts and really amp it up as well.” The actor doesn’t use his native accent often, especially when cranking out some really physical acting. An exception was Man from U.N.C.L.E., the underappreciated spy actioner that was the closest thing to a Bond movie the actor’s appeared in.

Though a sequel to that film may never come, Cavill emphasized that “it would be fun for me to actually take what I’ve learnt on [Mission: Impossible] and carry it through to a movie like Bond” and that “if they were to ask I would say ‘yes.’” The things he’s learned - or is planning to learn - thanks to the film, already sound like the packaging copywriting on an action figure: he’s after his “helicopter licence, I’ve got the motorcycle licence, now I just need to learn how to stunt ride it. I need to learn how to drift cars, I need to learn how to do a whole bunch of stuff.”

Looks like Cavill is already well on his way to becoming a real-life Bond, with plenty of super spy abilities. Now he just needs Daniel Craig to throw in the towel.