Actor and Bond villain Jonathan Pryce has found the root of Donald Trump’s fake news.
After winning Best Actor at the Welsh BAFTA awards, the 73-year-old actor spoke to ScreenJolt about his stint as Bond villain Elliot Carver in Tomorrow Never Dies.
“Elliot Carver foresaw Fake News – he manufactured Fake News,” he said.
He also claimed that his Bond villain may have influenced the Trump administration.
“He obviously gave Trump a lot of ideas about the industry. It certainly gave Murdoch a free rein to do whatever he wanted to do.”
Tomorrow Never Dies saw media boss Elliot Carver take on Pierce Brosnan’s 007 in an attempt to use ‘fake news’ to engineer World War III – a plot which at the moment feels eerily familiar.
Of course, Twitter wasn’t around when Tomorrow Never Dies hit cinemas in 1997. But Carver manipulated his own mainstream media to push through his own agenda.
Thankfully, President Trump isn’t currently fighting to the death against a suave British secret agent – at least to our knowledge.
But it’s unlikely Trump would stand much of a chance if he did.
“I like Daniel Craig as an actor – I think he makes a great Bond.”
“The story always goes that you can have a gun trained on Bond, but you’ll never get to fire it. That’s what happened in Tomorrow Never Dies – I missed many chances to kill him.”
There has been a lot of speculation about who will take over as the iconic superspy James Bond once Daniel Craig decides to hang up his Walther PPK.
But Jonathan Pryce has no idea who will take up the mantle next.
“There are a lot of wonderful actors out there,” he said. “I will be as delighted and as surprised as everyone else, whoever they cast.”
Either way, it looks as though James Bond’s legacy will live on. Let’s just hope the next President of the United States isn’t influenced quite so much by a Bond villain.