James Bond: an AI imagines the successor of Daniel Craig

By Art Vandelay

Six of them played James Bond: Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig. The latest interpreter of 007 announced in 2017 that he would put his costume away in the locker room after his final mission, Dying can wait. “James Bond will return”, promises us the final credits of the film released two years ago already. Who will take up the torch? There is no shortage of potential candidates: Tom Hardy, Idris Elba, Henry Cavill, Jacob Elordi… How to choose?

Turkish artist Alper Yesiltas has taken matters into his own hands with the help of an AI. And the result is stunning! The creations generated by artificial intelligence reproduce iconic shots of James Bond where Tom Hiddleston, Henry Cavill, James Norton, Taron Egerton, Henry Golding, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Tom Hardy, Regé-Jean Page, Richard Madsen, Lucien Laviscount and Idris Elba slip into the skin of the famous British secret agent. The problem? Idris Elba told an American media that he did not see himself in James Bond when he “looked in the mirror”. No more than Taron Egerton who does not consider himself enough “structural” for the role.

This requirement of the producers of James Bond

In an interview with the American magazine varietyBarbara Broccoli and Michael Gregg Wilson, historical producers of the franchise, detailed the long casting process to find the interpreter of the next james bond. “The thing is, it’s going to take a few years. And when we choose Bond, it’s a commitment of 10, 12 years. So he’s probably thinking, do I really want this stuff? Not everyone wants to do that.”, explains the tandem. And to continue: That’s why when people say, Oh, who are you going to get? it’s not just about choosing an actor for a movie. This is a reinvention, and where are we taking it? What do we want to do with the character? And then, once we figure that out, who is the right fit for this particular reinvention? “. The lucky winner will also have to agree to commit for at least ten years. A contract long enough to put off some players.

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James Bond: an AI imagines the successor of Daniel Craig