Jason Statham, aged 47, is one of the most well-known British actors in the world, even though he started acting only in 1998 at the age of 29. Previous to his acting years, Statham was a professional driver, a fashion model, a black market salesman and a martial artist, acquiring traits he would later put to use as an action movie hero – Statham usually performs his stage combat and stunts himself.

He came to spotlight right at the beginning of his career with his very first movies starring in Guy Ritchie’s popular crime films ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrel’ [1998] and ‘Snatch’ [2000]. He then starred and grew his fan base in such well-known action heist movies as the ‘Transporter’ [2002-2008] trilogy, ‘The Italian Job’ [2003], ‘Crank [2006], ‘War’ [2007], ‘Death Race’ [2008] and the highly successful action-comedyThe Expendables’ [2010-2014].

Even though Statham will turn 48 on the 26th July this year, he has no plans on giving up the action thriller movies, and even hopes that one day he can play the part of Britain’s most famous spy, James Bond.

“Could I do it? ... Absolutely, Would I do it? ... Absolutely," said Statham enthusiastically in an interview recently.

The British actor believes that Daniel Craig is a great Bond, but if he were to play the role he would take a vastly different approach, away from the somewhat elitist roots of the character.

Craig was cast as James Bond in 2005 (replacing Pierce Brosnan), and although he was first greeted with skepticism, his performance as the secret agent has been praised ever since and has led his movies to great success. ‘Casino Royale’ [2006], ‘Quantum of Solace’ [2008] and ‘Skyfall‘ [2012] have all been great hits among critics and at the box office as well.

The new James Bond movieSpectre’ will premiere in November 2015 and is no doubt going to be another successful film in the franchise. It will be the fourth movie for Craig, who is contracted for one more Bond film thereafter.

This means that if the 5th movie with Craig would premiere in 2018, that Statham could potentially star in the one after that, playing the hero at the age of 50-53. Still, he wouldn’t even be the oldest, since Roger Moore played the character until he was 57.

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