By: PTI | London | Published: December 28, 2017 6:25 pm If Kenneth Branagh gets on the platform as Bond villain, he would be the first British Bond villain in 17 years

Kenneth Branagh says portraying the role of a James Bond villain would be a “delicious” opportunity. The 57-year-old actor, who was last seen playing detective Hercule Poirot in Murder on the Orient Express, said the antagonists to the latest 007, Danile Craig, have been “almost Shakespearean”, The Mirror reported.

“I think as an actor that is always delicious to play… I am a connoisseur of those Bond villains. But is a hard one to do. I loved Javier Bardem in Skyfall.” The actor-director added keeping up with the changing tastes of the masses was tough and the Bond franchise has managed to keep them on their toes. That franchise has been great at responding to the way that audiences want to receive the material. That is not trying to be a cartoon – they want to have as much complication as possible,” he said.

Featuring Craig in the number 25 Bond movie, the next installment is expected to be released in November 2019.

If Kenneth gets on the platform as Bond villain, he would be the first British Bond villain in 17 years- with Toby Stephens as Gustav Graves playing the antagonist in Piers Brosnan’s Die Another Day in 2002.

Kenneth gained critical acclaim for directing Murder on the Orient Express, which released last month. The film featured a star-studded cast including Branagh, Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe and Josh Gad.

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