Michael Fassbender has ruled himself out of becoming the next James Bond.
The German-Irish actor had been tipped as one of the favourites to take over the role from Daniel Craig.
But when he was asked in an interview with GQ magazine if he would be up for the part, he said: “To be honest, no.”
He said he thought the franchise needed a shake-up, suggesting a younger Bond played by someone like Unbroken star Jack O’Connell. He also said a woman could take on the role.
Fassbender said he was a big fan of James Bond and has spent a lot of time thinking about its future plans.
“I just love Bond. Doesn’t everyone? I grew up with him,” he said.
“As an acting role, I think Daniel has done such a cracking job in this age group… I think the franchise needs something new.”
And the X-Men star suggested some scenarios for the next Bond film.
“What about we start the film back in Sandhurst, Army training rather than on a yacht, or he’s in the Middle East on an op and gets thrown in the brig for insubordination?
“He’s going to get court-martialled… I have thought about it a lot,” he said.
“It’s always a fun conversation to have. But Bond should be someone in their early 20s… I always thought Bond should be British, but let’s get an American in or maybe someone like Jack O’Connell would be good?
“Or even better, how about Jane Bond? A woman. One thing is for sure, it won’t be anyone on the bookies’ lists. It never is.”
Craig, who has played Bond in Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre has yet to sign up for the next film.
Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba and James Norton are among those being touted as his replacement, alongside Fassbender.
Last month, one of the series’ executive producers said the role of Ian Fleming’s spy was still Craig’s if he wanted it.