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26th Oct 2022

Dwayne Johnson ‘could see himself’ as the first American James Bond

Tobi Akingbade

His grandfather once played a villian in a Bond movie

Dwayne Johnson has said that he’s far more interested in playing James Bond than a villain in the action joint.

And we know a lot of fans may just as well love this.

However, The actor’s grandfather Peter Maivia, who was also a wrestler, played a “bad guy” opposite Sean Connery in the 1967 Bond film You Only Live Twice.

In a new interview, Johnson was asked what film series he’d most like to appear in, when he recalled his family connection to 007.

“You know my grandfather was in You Only Live Twice?” he told LadBible. “He was, he was a bad guy in You Only Live Twice. He had this amazing fight scene with Sean Connery. Yeah, I could see that… I would easily say James Bond.”

Adding that he would also like to appear in a Star Wars film, he continued: “I see myself as James Bond. F*** the villain! An American Bond? It can happen, right? It’s like Henry Cavill playing Superman.”

Johnson is currently appearing in DC superhero film Black Adam, which has been received poorly by critics.

Starring Dwayne Johnson and Pierce Brosnan (a former James Bond0, the DC superhero movie follows the anti-hero in his debut on the big screen, after he is resurrected by archaeologist and freedom fighter Adrianna Tomaz (Sarah Shahi) who reads an incantation to awaken him.

Although it’s safe to say that the movie has received a lukewarm reception from critics, it seems like fans and the public are much more satisfied by the DC latest offering – and it’s now an unprecedented success for the Rock.

According to Rotten TomatoesBlack Adam scored an opening weekend box office haul of $67 million in the US and $140 million worldwide.

After Black Adam, Johnson’s next best performing movie is Fast and Furious spin-off Hobbs & Shaw, which raked in $60 million, followed by Jumanji: The Next Level at $59.2 million.

Black Adam currently has an impressive 90% audience score on the movie review aggregator website. This is in stark contrast to the reaction from critics, with the film earning a meagre 39% score from reviews.

Metacritic has the average review score at a slightly higher 41/100.

But the Rock has made it clear that he’d much rather please fans than critics. Tweeting his thanks to fans for the 90 percent audience score, he said: “In the end, the only thing that matter to me is sending the people home happy. And that’s what I’ll always fight for.”

Following on from the film, there’s one major showdown that DC fans would love to see: Henry Cavill’s Superman taking on the Rock’s Black Adam.

The man himself spoke to JOE about the possibility of an “earth-shattering” clash between the pair, and his admiration for Cavill’s “hardcore” workout regime…

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