Fassbender 'flattered' by Bond talk
Michael Fassbender is "flattered" by rumours suggesting he is up to play James Bond.
The Inglourious Basterds star is seen as favourite to replace Daniel Craig in the iconic spy role, but Michael - who stars in X-Men: First Class - prefers to play the stories down.
"Well, it's very flattering, of course, but I never try and plan anything, I never expect anything," he said.
"I think Daniel is doing a fantastic job, so let's just deal with this film at the moment and see how that turns out."
The German-actor tried not to be inspired by Bond for his portrayal of Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto) in Matthew Vaughn's superhero prequel.
"Matthew had mentioned it did evoke a lot of memories for him of those earlier Bond films. But in terms of approaching the character of Erik, I didn't really go along that route," Michael said.
"They dressed me up in bespoke suits that harked back to those early Bond films. But I just sort of approached it through the comic book material."
Kick-Ass director Matthew has talked about the possibility of directing a Bond flick, saying: "I was very keen to direct Bond. I don't know if I am any more, to be blunt, now that I've done this.
"I really love Daniel, though you know, it might be interesting if they one day decide to cast Fassbender as Bond, then maybe I'll go 'Hey!'"
:: X-Men: First Class opens in cinemas on June 1.