Michael Caine has a rich résumé of roles as characters you don't want to mess with, including Bruce Wayne's softspoken butler Alfred in "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight," as well as his upcoming vigilante film "Harry Brown." Caine made a name for himself just as the "James Bond" movie franchise was getting on its feet, however, as Harry Palmer, a Cold War-era secret agent in five different films based novels by Len Deighton. Caine thinks now would be a perfect time to revive the franchise, and he knows exactly who he wants he successor to be.
"I’m too decrepid to play [Harry Palmer]," Caine told MTV News. "I could play an old villain. I might sit there with a Siamese cat or something."
As an alternative, Caine suggested a more youthful actor who was mentioned as a contender to follow Pierce Brosnan as James Bond.
"Jude Law can play Harry Palmer as long as he’s got the glasses," the Oscar-winning actor said.
As for which novel he would pick to jump-start the franchise's revival, he has a his eye on a candidate there as well.
"Len [Deighton] wrote a fabulous book and I loved the title," Caine explained. "It was called 'An Expensive Place to Die.'" The 1967 title takes place in Paris, grabbing its title from an Oscar Wilde quotation.
Caine first appeared as Harry Palmer in the 1965 film "The Ipcress File" and most recently reprised his role in 1996's "Midnight in Saint Petersburg. So is Harry Palmer suited to reappear in 2009? Caine thinks the timing would be perfect.
"Yes," he offered, "because they’re reinventing the Cold War anyway."
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