Henry Golding admits that he would love to pick up his licence to kill – and, indeed, thrill – as the next James Bond.
To be fair, the man often leaves us feeling shaken and not a little stirred whenever he hits the red carpet in a tuxedo.
Henry Golding, shot by Dennis Leupold at Hotel Casa Del Mar, Santa Monica, exclusively for the Attitude October issue, out now
“It does seem to be a question that always comes up. It was definitely from ‘Crazy Rich,’ maybe [the scene with] the white suit coming out the park,” Henry explains.
Daniel Craig will step down from the iconic role when No Time to Die – the 25th film in the franchise – hits cinemas (hopefully) in November.
As calls grow for casting directors to move with the times, Henry, 33, agrees that the world is ready for a non-white Bond.
“I’m Asian and everybody’s fighting for a diverse Bond – sorry, white guys,” he laughs.
Henry wears shirt by New & Lingwood, shorts by Ralph Lauren Purple Label, necklace by Cartier (Photography: Dennis Leupold)
“Isn’t it great that we’re having that conversation? Isn’t it great that people are like, ‘Ok, now it’s time, why the hell can’t we have a black Bond, an Asian Bond, a mixed-race Bond, a non-distinct Bond?” he adds.
The British-Malaysian actor didn’t confirm that he’d been officially approached – but we think it’s worth putting your Moneypenny *groan* on.
“I don’t know… It’s an honour to even be in the conversation. It’s one of the greatest film roles ever, you’d be stupid to be like, ‘I don’t want to do that s***.’ F*** no, it would be the wildest ride,” Henry exclaims.
Henry wears shirt and shorts by Tombolo (Photography: Dennis Leupold)
He’ll next be seen in tender character study Monsoon, directed by Hong Khaou, about a young gay man named Kit who returns to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to find a resting place for his parents’ ashes.
So, a bit different from Bond then…