The name's Bond, Daniel Day Bond
As James Bond returns to print in a new adventure, writer William Boyd has revealed his surprise choice to play the secret agent, were the book to be adapted for the big screen: the Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis.
Bond fans will again be treated to the work of the Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes in the follow-up to the spy's last cinematic outing, 'Skyfall' – but the thought of an actor with similar Hollywood acclaim playing their favourite character would excite and interest many.
Boyd, the author of 'A Good Man in Africa', has written screenplays for films starring three Bond actors: Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig. But at the launch of new book 'Solo', which is released today, the author said he could not pick a favourite between them.
"If there was going to be an actor to play my James Bond, I'd choose another actor who's been in a film of mine and who is also called Daniel," he said. "Daniel Day-Lewis actually resembles the Bond that Fleming describes."
Ian Fleming, Bond's creator who died in 1964, describes his character in three novels as looking like Hoagy Carmichael, a singer-songwriter who was famous at the time of the Second World War. "He was a tall, lean, rangy, very dark-haired, good-looking man," Boyd said.
"There's a sense that image is what he saw his Bond looking like. Daniel looks a bit like Hoagy Carmichael."
Given Day-Lewis's reputation for appearing in very few films and being highly selective about his parts – as well as insisting on adopting the character's personality for long periods of method preparation – the chances of him being persuaded to take on the role are slim, to say the least.
Boyd admitted Fleming's version of the spy, which might appeal to Day-Lewis, had been left behind. He said the films were getting "further and further away".
"The current Bond is fantastically interesting even though the current films are half a century on than the novels. The link gets fainter and fainter. The Bond films are all contemporary," he said.
'Solo' is published by Jonathan Cape, Fleming's original publisher, and comes 60 years after 'Casino Royale', the first Bond novel. Boyd follows authors including Kingsley Amis, Sebastian Faulks and Jeffery Deaver in writing Bond novels. (© Independent News Service)