In lieu of the fiasco at the Oscars on Feb. 26, it appears Mr. Gosling could be taking on a very coveted role: 007. In case you do not understand the reference (wow), that’s James Bond. While not 100% guaranteed, Gosling definitely caught the eyes of several producers and directors at the Oscars.
While the turmoil consumed the stage as La La Land was mistakenly presented with the award for Best Picture, everyone seemed completely awestruck…except Ryan Gosling.
Look. At. That. Composure. That’s obviously the face of James Bond.
Okay, yeah he’s laughing, but his attitude was completely different from all the other stars on stage at the time. Just take a look at Emma Stone.
Now THAT’S a look of utter disbelief.
While the role of the legendary British secret agent has not been determined just yet, it definitely is important to consider whether Gosling even meets the “standards” of the role.
Ever since the original Bond film, Dr. No was released in 1962, the leading actor has not been American. In this case it was the Scottish actor, Sean Connery, who took the lead as the first James Bond. Connery was followed by Australian actor, George Lazenby in the 1969 debut of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, then it was back to Connery, followed by Roger Moore in 1973 in Live and Let Die. Moore, a British actor, starred as Bond for several years until 1985 when Timothy Dalton took the lead in The Living Daylights and License to Kill. The most recent actors to take on this renowned role of the secret service agent include Pierce Brosnan of Ireland, and fan favorite, Daniel Craig of the UK.
Here’s a rundown of some of the contenders for the new film:
- Tom Hiddleston, 36. Most known for his roles in The Avengers and Thor films. Hiddleston has quickly become a popular choice for the role.
- Luke Evans, 37. Evans has starred in several Hobbit films, Fast and Furious, The Girl on the Train, and more recently as Gaston in the new Beauty and the Beast.
- Michael Fassbender, 39. Fassbender has appeared in X-Men, Assassins Creed, 12 Years a Slave and The Light Between Oceans, to name a few. Fassbender has stated his uncertainty with the role, adding that he does not believe he would be a good fit.
So, how does Gosling stack up? Well, for starters, if considered for the role and ultimately given the chance to portray the character, Gosling would be the first American Bond. At 36, Gosling would still be able to reprise several leads in the films. With mixed reactions, it will be interesting to see if Gosling will audition and take on the coveted role.