Olivia Colman desperate to play iconic James Bond character

Could you see Olivia Colman in the role? We definitely can (Picture: FilmMagic)

She’s been a star of stage and screen for years and has an Academy Award to her name, but there’s one role Olivia Colman is still desperate to play.

The British actress, 49, who first became known to TV audiences in 2003 after her breakthrough performance in Peep Show, won a best actress Oscar in 2018.

You’d think Olivia wouldn’t have any more acting itches to scratch – but it appears that’s not the case.

With the future of the James Bond franchise up in the air following the departure of Daniel Craig after more than a decade, Olivia has thrown her hat in the ring.

Not to play 007 (although she could give it a go) but to play Bond’s mentor, M – a role that was most recently occupied by Judi Dench and Ralph Fiennes.

Speaking to British Vogue, Olivia was taken aback when she was compared to Judi, 88, who played the Chief of Secret Intelligence in the films for 20 years.

Olivia Colman

Olivia says she just needs to find the right person to call (Picture: Getty)

‘What! I’ve never heard [that I look like Judi Dench]. Oh, I love that!

‘Well,’ she exclaimed, before she eventually conceded, ‘I’ve got short hair’.

She then continued, revealing that she’d definitely be up for taking on the role of M in the next Bond film, which might be a few years away just yet.

Judi Dench, M, James Bond

Judi Dench has played M since 1995 (Picture: Columbia)

‘The amount of time I have wanted to be M. I’m not sure who I need to call,’ Olivia added – she’ll no doubt get lots of phone numbers in the coming days.

Olivia did once meet Barbara Broccoli, producer of the Bond movies since 1995, and considered asking to play M but ultimately decided against it.

As for who’ll be the next James Bond, Barbara Broccoli has admitted things are still in the preliminary stages and that no big decisions have been made yet.

Current favourite is Aaron Taylor-Johnson, 33, but he downplayed rumours earlier this year despite recently going to the top of the bookies odds list.

When asked about the potential of taking on the Bond role, he said: ‘I just focus on the things I can have in my hands right now.’

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