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Jason Isaacs: ‘I want to be a Bond baddie’

The British actor spent the best part of a decade playing devious Lucius Malfoy in the Potter films and he tells WENN he’d love a shot at following Javier Bardem, who plays Skyfall’s evil mastermind Raoul Silva.

He says, “I’d love to be a Bond villain. I’ve never been approached and I’ve never been available… I was signed up to Harry Potter for years and other things but I would do it in a heartbeat, particularly because I’m a big fan of Daniel Craig’s; I think he’s a terrific Bond.”

And Isaacs insists such casting would make for an interesting side story: “Dan and I played lovers for a year onstage at the National Theatre in London in Angels in America, so it might be the perfect bookend for our screen relationship.

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“That was possibly the artistic highlight of my life; I don’t know if he would say the same thing.”

It appears Craig does have some weight with the Bond bosses – he suggested they hire Sam Mendes as director for Skyfall after an exchange with the fellow Brit at a party.

But Isaacs doesn’t appear to be the favourite to play a Bond villain among film fans – Gary Oldman topped a recent Fandango poll to find the actor 007 devotees would most like to see up against the superspy.

He beat out Oscar winners Daniel Day-Lewis and Christoph Waltz, Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron.

Kevin Spacey, who also recently expressed a desire to portray a Bond baddie, also made the top 10 alongside Russell Crowe, Steve Buscemi, Tilda Swinton and Daniel Craig’s real-life wife Rachel Weisz.

Meanwhile, in a related poll, Gert Frobe’s Goldfinger has topped a new list of the best Bond villains.

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The German star’s devious mastermind beat out Donald Pleasance’s Blofeld from You Only Live Twice and Richard Kiel’s metal-toothed monster Jaws from Moonraker and The Spy Who Loved Me.

Christopher Walken’s Max Zorin and Christopher Lee’s Scaramanga also made the top five.

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