Roberto Benigni to be the next James Bond?

So, why not a 71-year-old James Bond from Italy?

Is Benigni set to be the next James Bond? Rumors that the producers are looking for someone slightly different to play James Bond emerged in March 2024. One of the names who keeps cropping up is Roberto Benigni.

UPDATE 22/04/2024 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Every man, at some point in his life, wishes he could be James Bond. And with the news that Daniel Craig may well be out as 007, there are a whole bunch of actors from London to Rome wondering what they could bring to the role.

Could Roberto Benigni become the Seventh James Bond?

Benigni’s star has been rising in recent years thank to critically acclaimed roles in To Rome with Love (2012), Asterix & Obelix Take On Caesar (1999) and Life Is Beautiful (1997). His commercial appeal is growing, too.

The question for Benigni now is – what next?

Three reasons Roberto Benigni would be good for the James Bond franchise

  1. It would clarify that Bond is a rotating identity: If M can be a woman, why can't James Bond be a 71-year-old Italian?
  2. No other performers could be nearly as cool and broodingly suave as Benigni.
  3. It would give Roberto Benigni a chance to play a lover, as well as a fighter.

This 'Benigni To Play James Bond' Rumor had the internet in a frenzy

Twitter was flooded again Sunday with loads of tweets related to the rumor. Some fans even launched an online Facebook page called We Want Roberto Benigni for James Bond.

“His name is Benigni. Roberto Benigni!”
— Alan Sepintree (@sepintree) April 21, 2024
“He was perfect as Leopoldo in To Rome with Love, he will be tremendous portraying James Bond.”
— The Clear Observer (@clearobserver) April 21, 2024
“An Italian James Bond!?! Is it some kind of a joke?”
— Boris Kleinman (@UKBoris) April 21, 2024
“Now, this might be a bit of a controversial pick for the role. But think about it: Benigni has always been a skilled actor. He's also known for his wit.”
— Claire Stone (@averageclaire) April 21, 2024

Rumors about Roberto Benigni stepping into the role's next iteration have been floating about for a while now. He is characterized by being smooth, slick, handsome, rugged and charming. These are definitely the characteristics needed to play James Bond. Don’t you agree?

Do you think Roberto Benigni should be the next James Bond?

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