James Bond actor Rory Kinnear has said the next person to play 007 after Daniel Craig won’t be a “frontrunner” or “featured” star like Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
The 44-year-old actor has starred in the last four Bond films, making his first appearance in Quantum Of Solace in 2008 as MI6 Chief of Staff Bill Tanner and last in No Time To Die in 2021.
Kinnear was asked on The One Show about the chances of Taylor-Johnson, 32, as the next Bond, following “a lot of hype” about the Kick-Ass and Bullet Train actor being interested in the role.
He replied, “I always feel a bit bad about people who are emphasized because it’s never them. They are very good at keeping the real person a secret.
Kinnear, who also ruled himself out of playing Bond, added: “I’d love to see who takes charge of course, but it’s not usually the favourite, that’s historically.”
The actor, also known for his roles in Penny Dreadful and The Imitation Game, will play minibus mogul Dave Fishwick in the upcoming Netflix movie Bank of Dave.
Fishwick has been providing affordable loans since 2011 through Burnley Savings and Loans.
Kinnear said he had to request the creation of a “Dave exclusion zone” around filming after meeting the businessman for an “incredibly warming and positive story”.
He said: “(Fishwick) was incredibly excited about the whole thing, because who wouldn’t be when people are creating the story of their lives.
“But it was kind of weird to talk to him and then go straight ahead and make a tape because obviously I was playing him, but I was also playing sort of my version of him.
“So I had to ask for Dave’s exclusion zone, a few meters away.”
In a video message on the BBC programme, Fishwick said: “Just wanted to say thank you so much for playing with me, you look more like me than me, your accent is brilliant.
“I remember when we first met, at first you went to the front door and knocked on the door here at my house and said, ‘Dave meets Dave,’ and I thought he was going to help me.”
Fishwick started his loan company in the aftermath of the financial crash and in reaction to the impact it had on the north of England.
Kinnear added: “It’s all about banking a bit less, and I think his full ambition would be to see other people do the same in local banks and regional communities that themselves serve the local community.”
Bank Of Dave arrives on Netflix on January 16.