Homeland star Damian Lewis spoke with Esquire for their October issue, and admitted that he would love to fill James Bond’s expensive and stylish shoes after Daniel Craig is done with the part.
“Yes, I think it would be wonderful,” said Lewis. “Daniel is doing an amazing job, and he’ll continue to do it for a bit. But if it ever comes to that, I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.”
Lewis’ wife Helen McCrory, who had a role in Skyfall and is perhaps most famous for her turn as Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter series, thinks Lewis would be perfect for the role. “I think Damian is the next James Bond,” she told Daybreak. “I think he’s charming, hot, intelligent, and I can believe he could kill.”
Despite his success as the morally-ambiguous Nicholas Brody on Homeland, the London-born Lewis still considers himself a quintessentially British actor. “I had no ambition to go to the US and be in a TV show. It’s not like I’ve rejected something or decided that I’ve found something better. Your life just takes you off in strange and different directions. I would certainly hope that I haven’t been in my last Shakespeare play.”
“I just don’t consider myself to be, you know, an American actor,” added Lewis. “I don’t want that life. People jump from series to series to series and they make a great living doing that. That’s not what I want to do. I want to do theatre and film and direct my own things and develop. But essentially, I want to be in England.”
You can read the full interview with Lewis in Esquire’s Television Special issue, on stands September 5th, and catch him in the third season of Homeland, premiering September 29th on Showtime.