Boy George falls out with ‘new James Bond’ Aaron Taylor-Johnson

What stirred the reputed new 007’s friendship with singer and what could shake them back together again?

Kevin E G Perry
Wednesday 20 March 2024 10:44 GMT
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He may be poised to don the tux and sip the martini, but Aaron Taylor-Johnson has seemingly already encountered a villain far beyond his powers.

According to Boy George, the London-born actor who is tipped to be the next James Bond, once “sneered” at him at a party hosted by Taylor-Johnson’s wife.

Now the future 007 is hoping his doesn’t catch any bad karma following the apparent Culture Club snub.

Following reports on Tuesday that Taylor-Johnson had been given the Licence to Kill, the 62-year-old singer, put himself forward as the next villain so the pair “can really fall out.”

Writing on X/Twitter, Boy George said: “Oh, the new James Bond is that bloke who sneered at me in the kitchen when I went to see Rufus Wainwright at Sam Taylor Johnson’s house. I bet he’ll be good. Why don’t they cast me as a baddie and then we can really fall out! Lol!”

Ever since Daniel Craig announced that he would bow out of the spy franchise after latest film No Time to Die (2021), speculation has been rife over who would succeed him.

According to The Sun, Eon Productions is hoping to start filming the 26th Bond film later this year, and Taylor-Johnson, whose credits include Kick-Ass, Tenet and Bullet Train, is their choice for the role.

Boy George (left) and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Getty)

A source told the outlet: “Bond is Aaron’s job, should he wish to accept it. The formal offer is on the table and they are waiting to hear back.

“As far as Eon is concerned, Aaron is going to sign his contract in the coming days and they can start preparing for the big announcement.”

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The Independent has contacted Taylor-Johnson and Eon productions for comment.

In January 2023, the actor reportedly sat down with producer Barbara Broccoli for a meeting that went “very well”, after there was speculation that he had filmed a secret audition in December 2022.

His alleged casting would corroborate claims made by Bond co-producer Michael G Wilson. who previously said the team was looking to make the new 007 a thirtysomething.

Taylor-Johnson himself failed to outright deny his possible casting as the spy in an interview ahead of his role in Sony’s Marvel spin-off Kraven the Hunter.

If Taylor-Johnson, who won a Golden Globe for his role in Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals, does end up playing Bond, he would have scored the role over other contenders including Richard Madden, James Norton and reigning Best Actor Oscar winner Cillian Murphy.

The actor has been married to film director Sam Taylor-Johnson, whom he met on the set of John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy, since 2012. They have two children.

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