A New James Bond Is About to Be Announced...So Who Exactly Is Aaron Taylor-Johnson?

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The name’s Bond, James Bond.

According to a new report by The Sun, actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson has been offered the role of the newest James Bond. While it’s too early to say if the 33-year-old said “yes” to the part, according to the report, he will replace actor Daniel Craig, who has played the role five times, starting with Casino Royale (2006).

So, who is Aaron Taylor-Johnson? What other movies has he starred in? From his early acting days on Nickelodeon to his most recent starring roles (like Kraven the Hunter), here’s everything you need to know about the British-born actor.

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1. So, Who Is Aaron Taylor-Johnson? 

Taylor-Johnson was born in High Wycombe, England, on June 13, 1990. His father was a civil engineer while his mother stayed at home and worked a series of “odd jobs” to get by. The English native also has a sister named Gemma, who started alongside him in the 2002 film, Tom & Thomas. (Seems like acting runs in the family.)

Growing up, Taylor-Johnson attended Holmer Green Senior School and the Jackie Palmer Stage School in High Wycombe. While there, he studied drama, tap, jazz, acrobatics and singing. (Yes, he can act and sing, people.) But he dropped out at 15. 

2. What Movies and Shows Has He Starred in?

He began performing at the age of six. As a child actor, he starred in a number of films like Shanghai Knights (2003) and The Illusionist (2006). 

Taylor-Johnson also appeared in the Nickelodeon movie Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (2008), which is based on two young adult novels: Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (1999) and It's OK, I'm Wearing Really Big Knickers (2000) written by Louise Rennison.

But his breakout role came in the 2009 biopic Nowhere Boy, where he played Beatles member John Lennon. He went on to star in movies and shows like Kick-Ass (as well as Kick-Ass 2), Savages (2012), Anna Karenina (2012), Godzilla (2014) and Bullet Train (2022). Oh, and did we mention he played Quicksilver in the Marvel Universe, appearing in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)?

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3. Has He Won Any Awards?

At the 2017 Golden Globes, Taylor-Johnson took home the award for Best Supporting Actor for his powerful performance in the 2016 thriller, Nocturnal Animals. The English-born actor was also nominated for a BAFTA in the Best Actor in a Supporting Role category for the same role. 

During his acceptance speech, Taylor-Johnson thanked his wife, Sam Taylor-Johnson, for all her unwavering support. “I want to thank my wife for being there with me and supporting me through this. Thank you for putting up with me, Jesus. I was not very pleasant in this role,” he said at the time. “You’re my soulmate and I love you very much. I’m blessed. I have four beautiful daughters. I have my parents watching tonight. Thank you.”

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