Tom Holland is already playing one of the most famous characters in all of pop culture, but at one point he tried to play another. Holland admitted in an interview that he once pitched the people who control the rights to James Bond on an origin story with him in the lead.
After Spider-Man 2, I met with Sony to pitch a young Bond film that I had come up with, according to Holland. It was the beginning of James Bond. It didn't make sense. It didn't work. I don't think the Bond estate was interested in the dream of a young kid.
It makes perfect sense if you watched the most recent Bond film. The appeal of James Bond is that he is sophisticated enough to get endorsements from high-end adult companies, and that he is confident, smart, and wise beyond his years. It humanizes and demystifies him in a way that doesn't jive with the brand as it currently stands. It did in the past, with mixed results.
The brand jives with the one it is portraying, and that Holland was passionate about an adventure-style origin story that influenced him getting that role. The idea of a young Bond film sparked this idea, in turn, that you could do a Nathan Drake story as an origin story, rather than as an addition to the games. Holland said that that opened a conversation.
Holland is starring in the upcoming movie, which is scheduled to hit theaters February 18. Let us know if you think a young James Bond film could work in any capacity, even if it's not a success.
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