A Gay James Bond? Luke Evans Can See It

Thursday October 6, 2022
Originally published on September 8, 2022

Luke Evans
Luke Evans  (Source:Netflix)

How would audiences deal with a gay actor playing James Bond? With talk circulating that out hunk Luke Evans is on the short-list of possible successors to Daniel Craig, it is a question that the producers are considering.

Asked about the possibility in an interview in Bustle, Evans said: "I don't know what the current temperature is with audiences, whether they care enough to worry about what James Bond does in the bedroom. I don't think it really matters at all to the character if I'm really honest."

Luke Evans in "Nine Perfect Strangers"
Luke Evans in "Nine Perfect Strangers"  

Evans, 43, then cited "Echo 3," the Apple+ action thriller series coming this autumn, as an example of already playing a Bond-like character. In it, he plays a "Delta Force special operative soldier from the American army." Preparation for filming, which largely took place in Colombia, involved training with Navy Seals and hiking the Appalachian Trail. "The reason I said we should talk about 'Echo 3,'" says Evans with a cheeky smile, "is when you talk about James Bond, that kind of training, every day I was playing that special services kind of character who you put into any environment and [he] survives." 

 

The ever-busy Evans has become the highest profile Hollywood star to be open about being gay. Just this week he has a supporting role as the villain in the live-action/animated remake of "Pinnochio, with "Echo 3" soon to follow.

Luke Evans and Fran Tomas
Luke Evans and Fran Tomas  

The paparazzi follow him everywhere and when he recently began appearing with the same handsome man, rumors spread that his single-status was in question. Then a couple of weeks ago he was seen hugging the man on an Ibiza Beach and went public about it. He is Fran Tomas, a Spanish graphic designer, whom he met in January, 2021, Bustle writes: "Evans confirmed in an interview that he was single) and the couple 'live between' Madrid and London. They speak to each other in 'mostly English,' even though Evans is determined to perfect his Spanish, having started online classes during lockdown. 'I can understand probably 90% of what I hear,' he says."

 

And while he isn't happy about the paparazzi intrusions into his private life, he doesn't feel he can do much about it. "If someone is hiding in a bush and taking a picture, as much as I would not like them to do that because it's a massive intrusion of my privacy, what control do I have?" 

Luke Evans
Luke Evans  

The ever-busy Welch actor recalls getting his start in choruses of West End shows in the 1990s. "Musical theatre was great, but I wasn't at any kind of starry level," he says. "I was saving pennies to afford my rent. At 26, I said, 'If I'm still struggling at 30, I'm giving up.'" What would he have done instead? "I come from a family of very practical, working class people... I could stand on the door of a nightclub; I could serve you a meal; I can work as a P.A.; I can cut hair."

 

Last year Evans played his first out role in Hulu's mini-series "Nine Perfect Strangers," where he played a man with a hidden agenda who takes an unorthodox wellness workshop conducted by Nicole Kidman.

 

He recently completed his second role where he played an out character alongside Billy Porter, he starring in "Our Son," a film about a divorcing gay couple who fight over custody of their young child. "It was emotionally one of the most traumatic things I've done," Evans says of the film. "The story is so real. It's what people are going through the whole time, and it's very relatable — not just to the gay community."

 

He sees the need for such stories. "We've seen some amazing films that definitely needed to be told — like 'Milk'... Nowadays, there are also all these wonderful TV shows about the younger generations. They don't have to be so sensational about a historical story about the fight that gay people have had through the decades. Of course, there is still room for those stories. There is also room for stories about everyday life."

 

Check out these pics from IG accounts of Evans and Tomas: