In Paul Feig’s Spy, Jason Statham plays the antithesis of James Bond—a fumbling, slightly off-kilter English secret agent. But the actor hasn’t ruled out the fact that playing the famous 007 would be a possibility.
“Could I do it? Abso-f–king-lutely,” said Statham in an interview with Guardian. “Would I do it? Abso-f–king-lutely. Is Daniel Craig a great Bond? Abso-f–king-lutely.”
Statham noted that his Bond would probably be different than what the world has become used to over the years, telling Guardian that he’d “make a decent Bond,” but also that “it’d be very, very different if I did it.”
Craig’s Bond contract is up this year, which means that Hollywood will soon be predicting the next “IT” man to take on the role. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the rumors have already begun circulating in the British press, though no prominent candidate has emerged in the running. (Sorry, Idris Elba fans.)
While Statham is enthusiastic about the opportunity to play one of the world’s most infamous characters, don’t expect to see him to take on a villainous role, despite his acclaimed turn as the antagonist in Furious 7. “I don’t know if I wanna do that,” the actor admitted. “That’s not my thing. I’d rather play the other guy.”
Spy is out Friday.