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Henry Cavill Was Once Told That He Was “Not Fit Enough” To Play The Next James Bond

By Soniya Hinduja
September 23,2021

Being an actor demands a number of rigorous commitments, and one of them is always staying fit enough to take on the roles expected of you. And when this comes as a negative remark from one of the renowned directors in the industry, it is sure to hit a nerve. That’s right. Henry Cavill, of all people, received comments on his physique and was told that he was not ideal to play James Bond because he was out of shape. Calling Cavill chubby to play a role for which Cary Grant and Burt Reynolds were taken into consideration, it does seem quite unbelievable. 

Not long ago, in an interview with Men’s Health, Cavill talked about his meeting with Martin Campbell, director of Casino Royale. The now Superman hero said that he was hoping the meeting went differently. 

henry in mission impossible

“I probably could have prepared better. I remember the director, Martin Campbell, saying, ‘Looking a little chubby there, Henry.’ I didn’t know how to train or diet. And I’m glad Martin said something, because I respond well to truth. It helps me get better.” 

To have always seen Cavill don his intimidating form, it takes us a minute to take in the fact that he was once told to have been “out of shape.” A bit like the American singer Tim McGraw. Cavill is heavily recognised for his role as Clark Kent in the DC Extended Universe, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and his latest action thriller with Cruise, Mission: impossible-Fallout. All these movies have seen the actor’s hulking appearance, which makes it impossible for us to picture him otherwise. 

However, Henry Cavill has time and again acknowledged the fact that he wasn’t born with this Greek God physique. He told Men’s Health that there was a time he looked different. To prove the fact, and to calm everybody’s intrigue, we have a picture of Cavill from around the time he was considered to play 007 in the 2006 Casino Royale reboot. The picture below is from 2005 from the movie Hellraiser: Hellworld. 

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Hellraiser: Hellworld Henry Cavill playing around with a hook

Looking a the picture, it is impossible to decide whether it is Henry’s young features or his role as “Mike” in a MMORPG revolving sequel of the generic horror that was Hellraiser. However,  it cannot be denied that Cavill looked far from ready to play a character as traditional and suave as that of a modern era James Bond. 

And yet, we are led to believe that if it wasn’t for Daniel Craig tapping the role in Martin Campbell’s classic reboot of the James Bond franchise in 2006, Cavill would have been an incredible second choice. But like they say, everything happens for a reason. If Henry hadn’t been criticized for his poor form, he would not have worked on himself. Further, we probably never see him wearing Superman’s cape in DC’s Man of Steen or his commendable performance as a dual agent in Mission Impossible: Fallout. 

Fortunately, the years have done him good, and Henry is physically and mentally prepared to play the next James Bond. Reports are that Daniel Craig’s contract would end with the franchise with No Time To Die, and should that happen, we’re likely to see Cavill take on the role. Seeing how Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan played the role for years earlier, Cavill’s chances at landing a casting as 007 have shot up ever since he was turned down after his first consideration. And it wouldn’t be fair to reminisce his days as Mike in Hellraiser for so long now, would it? 

Until then, Henry Cavill is set to make spectacular appearances in his upcoming Netflix projects. Season 2 of The Witcher releases on December 20, 2021, where we will see Cavill and his fatherly side mixed with sword and sorcery. Not only that, Henry will also be seen playing one of the best detectives of all time, Sherlock Holmes, in the sequel of Enola Holmes, which is believed to premier in 2022.