A casting director has claimed younger actors don't have the 'mental capacity' for the highly-coveted role.
Debbie McWilliams, who has snapped up stars for the franchise since 1981, complained up-and-coming hopefuls lacked 'experience' and 'gravitas' when they auditioned for the top spot ahead of 2006's Casino Royale.
She told : 'We did look at a lot of younger actors, and I just don't think they had the gravitas, they didn't have the experience, they didn't have the mental capacity to take it on, because it's not just the part they're taking on, it's a massive responsibility.'
'So we kind of scrubbed that idea and artikel tentang judi slot online went back to the drawing board and started again.'
Daniel Craig ultimately became 007, a role he reprised for 2009's Quantum of Solace, 2012's Skyfall, 2015's Spectre and No Time to Die in 2021.
Interesting! A James Bond casting director has claimed younger actors don't have the 'mental capacity' for the highly-coveted role (Daniel Craig pictured in No Time To Die)
Iconic: Debbie McWilliams complained up-and-coming hopefuls lacked 'experience' and 'gravitas' when they auditioned for 2006's Casino Royale (Daniel Craig pictured in Spectre)
Daniel recently bowed out of his role as the secret agent and speculation has been rife about who is next in line - with .
Bookmakers William Hill subsequently placed Henry Cavill at the forefront with 5/2, Regé Jean-Page with odds of 4/1, followed by Tom Hardy and James Norton both with 6/1 and Chiwetel Ejiofor at 7/1.
has insisted he has no interest in playing as he discussed the 'extended middle finger and a wink' to the spy in Luther: The Fallen Sun.
The actor, 50, stars as the titular John Luther in the first big-screen version of the TV franchise and has long been touted as Daniel's replacement.
One scene in the film has Luther refusing a martini, Bond's favourite drink, in a moment that creator and writer Neil Cross described to Radio Times as "an extended middle finger and a wink" at Bond.
Idris said: 'The martini line is a bit cheeky, isn't it?I was like, "Neil, are you sure you want to put that in?".'
However, he also insists that the references to Bond in the Luther film are not his attempt at an audition for the British spy.
Idris said: 'My Bond audition? Oh my God, no!I've been saying for years, no!'
Could it be? Daniel recently bowed out of his role and speculation has been rife about who is next in line - with Aaron Taylor Johnson (pictured in 2019) leading the bookies' favourites
Hopeful: James Norton's odds of becoming Bond are placed at 6/1 (pictured in March 2023)
Peace out: Regé Jean-Page has odds of 4/1 (pictured in 2022)
Wow! Emily In Paris actor Lucien Laviscount also caught the eye of James Bond boss Barbara Broccoli in December (pictured in 2022)
Giving his opinion on if he thinks Luther is better than Bond, Idris diplomatically says: 'Not "better", no. Luther's equally engaging, equally sexy and great to see visually.
'But Bond is from a universe where espionage was the way to capture.Luther is from the world where you bang on the door, "Are you in there? I'm coming in."
'I think Luther fits with a bit more of a modern-day bad guy as opposed to someone from the taking-over-the-world style.'
Discussing Luther, he adds: 'That character is so well written. You could have Luther opening an envelope for ten minutes and you'd still go, "Oh my God, what's in the envelope?" because he's just that kind of character.
'It's still exciting to me because we're not talking about season one of Luther.It's evolved and grown and we've got bigger and braver.'
Emily In Paris actor Lucien Laviscount also caught the eye of James Bond boss Barbara Broccoli in December.
The debonair Burnley-born actor caught the attention of the movie franchise's bosses for his role in the romcom series as Alfie, boyfriend of Emily Cooper, played by Lily Collins.