Seems like there isn’t a day that goes by that Sherlock star, Benedict Cumberbatch, isn’t linked to some upcoming role on the big screen. Most play out over time such as Star Trek Into Darkness, The Hobbit, Tinker Tailor, etc. Others seem to endlessly remain a rumor (insert upcoming new JJ Abrams’ Star Wars mega-blockbuster here).
Most recently, Cumberbatch has been rumored to be in line to play James Bond creator, Ian Fleming. According to Hollywood’s The Tracking Board, the as-yet-to-be-named film will detail the origin stories of James Bond. Based on Andrew Lycett’s 2009 novel Ian Fleming: The Man Behind James Bond, the film would focus on Fleming’s experiences in naval intelligence during WWII where he masterminded many top-secret operations which, supposedly, gave Fleming the inspiration for the creation of James Bond. Cumberbatch isn’t the first and, probably, won’t be the last to be rumored for the title role. Just a few short months ago, James McAvoy, of Wanted fame, was attached to the lead role. This is so Hollywood. Remember, it was McAvoy who was rumored back in 2013 to be on the direct path to star as Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s epic trilogy, The Hobbit. I think we all know how that worked out….
While I’d love to see something like this finally come together, it will be hard to root for Benedict to secure the role, even though he very much looks the James Bond part in tuxedo. With producers hoping to begin filming in late 2014, this would do nothing but set back an already desperately needed series 4 of Sherlock.
I’m being selfish, aren’t I…