Charlie Cox: ‘Marvel scratched my James Bond itch’ | Popgen Tech
While you wait for Daredevil: Born Again, which won’t arrive on Disney Plus until spring 2024, you can catch Charlie Cox in his shiny new Netflix series Treason, which arrives on the streamer on Boxing Day.
He plays Adam Lawrence, an MI6 agent who becomes the head of the organization after poisoning Russian spy chief Kara Yerzov, with whom he shares a complicated history.
Given the obvious similarities between Treason and James Bond (Kara is also played by Quantum of Solace star Olga Kurylenko), could Cox take over the James Bond mantle from Daniel Craig if given the chance?
“My role in the Marvel Universe kind of scratched me,” he told RadioTimes.com.
“And if I’ve learned anything from doing this show, and I’ve done a few spy films and TV shows in my career – I did the BBC Two film Legacy about 10 years ago – one of the things I’ve done .I learned in my preparation for both that and Treason that I would actually make a terrible spy.
“I’m a very bad liar and I need a lot of pretty basic stuff in the spy world explained to me a few times before I really understand it, so I guess I’m probably invincible.”
Cox explained what sets Treason apart from Bond-style thrillers: “Despite what the trailer might suggest, because the trailer is a trailer, there’s not a lot of action in the show, really. A lot of it deals with in the relationships with Adam’s wife and his children and the pressures for a person living and working in that world, especially when they are under anger, especially when there is great suffering, how they handle that .
“That was one of the goals, how to set it apart from other shows in that genre.”
He added: “I’m now a father of young children and I’ve never had children on camera before, so I’m really excited about that. So much of this story in the early stages revolves around the emotional trauma of his [Lawrence’s] son, so I’m excited from an acting standpoint to explore that, to see what it’s like to be a father on screen and dive into those emotions and those relationships.
“But if you take James Bond as the pinnacle of the content of the spy genre, what’s interesting to me about it is that we have to see a little more behind the curtain, we see some of the quotes that are not -quote unsparkly element of what a spy is.have to deal with, and we’ll get home to them.
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“We get to go on a date night with them, he puts the kids to bed, and his innocent kids question him at times when he’s really questioning his own morality.”
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