Who will replace Daniel Craig as James Bond? The most popular contenders, from Rege-Jean Page to Tom Hardy

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Speculation has been rife ever since Craig confirmed he would bow out of the spy franchise after his fifth film, which is released on 30 September.

A number of stars have been put forward by film fans or the actors themselves, from Tom Hardy to <em>Bridgerton</em>’s Rege-Jean Page.

Here are some of the most popular contenders:

The Venom star has been named bookmaker William Hill's favourite to play the British spy with odds of 5/2.

Hardy received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination in 2015 for his performance in The Revenant. The British actor, 44, has also starred in a several Hollywood blockbusters directed by Christopher Nolan, including Inception, The Dark Knight Rises and Dunkirk.

He previously told the Daily Beast of the rumours: “If I mention it, it’s gone. You know, there’s a saying amongst us in the fraternity of acting, that if you talk about it you’re automatically out of the race. So I can’t possibly comment on that one.”

Rege-Jean Page with Phoebe Dynevor in ‘Bridgerton’

The Bridgerton star shot to fame thanks to his role as the dashing Duke of Hastings in Netflix's raunchy period drama.

Page is now a free agent, having left the show after one season, and is joint-second favourite at William Hill with odds of 3-1.

When the 31-year-old Bridgerton star was asked by Jimmy Fallon about the Bond rumours, he said: “I think the internet thinks a lot of things, that’s one of the more pleasant ones, so I’m pleased as far as that goes.

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“But there might be an element of cultural translation here. If you’re a Brit and you do something of any kind of renown, that people regard well, then people start saying the ‘B’ word. It’s like a merit badge. You get a ‘B’ word merit badge.”

James Norton has shied away from the idea of playing Bond

Norton is the second actor to be placed at 3-1 odds.

He stars in the crime drama McMafia as Alex Godman, the son of a Russian mafia boss living in London.

The actor, 36, was also nominated for a Bafta award for his role in Happy Valley in 2015.

However, the star of War and Peace recently told The Independentthat if playing Bond meant sacrificing roles in indie films, “it would be a hard thing for me to swallow”.

The Scottish star, 41, was more enthusiastic at the prospect of taking on the beacon of the classic role, admitting he would “jump” at the chance.

Heughan previously starred as special forces operator Tom Buckingham in SAS: Red Notice, an adaptation of former SAS soldier Andy McNab's novel of the same name.

He is arguably best known for his role as Jamie Fraser in the historical drama series Outlander, based on the books by Diana Gabaldon.

In an interview with the PA news agency earlier this year, he said: “I don't know if there is a conversation being had apart from in the media, but I think it's an incredible franchise and a great character, so of course I would jump at it.

“But I feel like Tom Buckingham is equally as interesting and, who knows, maybe this could be the new franchise.”

Idris Elba is one of the favourites to play Bond

The Luther star is also amongst the favourites by bookmakers, with William Hill placing him at 8/1.

He previously won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film for his role as DCI John Luther in the BBC psychological crime drama.

Elba, 49, has also starred in the crime drama series The Wire, sci-fi movie Pacific Rim and 2021 supervillain film The Suicide Squad. He has already featured in a global franchise after joining Marvel's Thor in 2011 as Heimdall, and proceeding to play him in sequels, as well as Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Avengers: Infinity War.

Despite Elba being one of the most popular contenders among fans, he has attempted to quash the rumours, telling Event: “Bond is one of the biggest franchises in the world, and for that reason, whoever ends up playing it, lives it. You’re THAT character, and known as that character for many, many years.

“I’m creating characters now that can still live alongside Idris. Not ones that take over me and solely define me.”

Henry Golding at the Special NY Screening of 'The Gentlemen' at the Alamo Drafthouse on 11 January, 2020

Golding has previously suggested it was his sharp-suited role as Nick Young in Crazy Rich Asians that first sparked the Bond rumours.

The Malaysian-British actor, 34, told Attitude magazine in 2020: “It was definitely from Crazy Rich, maybe (the scene with) the white suit coming out of the park. (And) because I'm Asian and everybody's fighting for a diverse Bond – sorry, white guys.”

“I don't know,” he continued. “It's an honour to even be in the conversation. It's one of the greatest film roles ever, you'd be stupid to be like, ‘I don't want to do that.’

“Isn't it great that people are like, 'OK, now's the time, why the hell can't we have a black Bond, an Asian Bond, a mixed-race Bond, a non-distinct Bond?”

Producer Barbara Broccoli has repeatedly nixed the idea of a female Bond, saying she believes women should be offered interesting and diverse roles of their own, and that she believes Bond will “always be male”.

However, Jones is currently one of the favourites to star as the first female Bond, with William Hill placing her at number seven on its list and offering up odds of 9/1.

She plays DCI Amy Silva in the new BBC drama Vigil, made by the production company behind Line Of Duty and Bodyguard.

The 43-year-old actor is also known for her role as Karen McDonald in Coronation Street, and her critically acclaimed performance as Gemma Foster in the hit BBC One drama series, Doctor Foster.

Often, it seems that simply playing a British spy, detective or any kind of action-based character is enough to convince people that they’re watching a future Bond star. This happened to Scottish actor Richard Madden after fans saw him racing around London in the BBC’s Bodyguard.

“I’m more than flattered to be mentioned, for people to consider putting me in that role,” he told GQ. “I’m very flattered and thankful. It’s a really brilliant thing to be in.”

Henry Cavill currently stars in Netflix’s hit series ‘The Witcher’

The Witcher star has actually already auditioned for Bond, when he was in his twenties, but seems very keen to have a second chance. “If Barbara [Bond producer Barbara Broccoli] and Mike [co-producer Michael G Wilson] were interested in that, I would absolutely jump at the opportunity,” he said in an interview last year.

“At this stage, it’s all up in the air. We’ll see what happens. But yes, I would love to play Bond, it would be very, very exciting.”

Cillian Murphy sounds less keen on the idea of playing Bond

The Peaky Blinders star is one of the few actors who seem dead against the idea of taking on the 007 mantle. While he has said he is “flattered” by speculation that he could be Bond, he told GQ that he believes a woman should get the part next.

Rege-Jean Page with Phoebe Dynevor in ‘Bridgerton’

James Norton has shied away from the idea of playing Bond

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Idris Elba is one of the favourites to play Bond

Henry Golding at the Special NY Screening of 'The Gentlemen' at the Alamo Drafthouse on 11 January, 2020

Henry Cavill currently stars in Netflix’s hit series ‘The Witcher’

Cillian Murphy sounds less keen on the idea of playing Bond

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Daniel Craig followed in the footsteps of his most famous fictional character James Bond as he was appointed honorary Royal Navy commander.

The United Kingdom's Royal Navy announced the news in a press release Thursday.

"I am truly privileged and honoured to be appointed the rank of Honorary Commander in the senior service," Craig said in the news release.

Honorary members of the Royal Navy help build the relationship between the navy and surrounding communities, according to the press release.

"I am delighted to welcome honorary Commander Daniel Craig to the Royal Navy," First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Tony Radakin said. "Our honorary officers act as ambassadors and advocates for the Service, sharing their time and expertise to spread the message about what our global, modern, and ready Royal Navy is doing around the world. Daniel Craig is well known for being Commander Bond for the last fifteen years — a Naval officer who keeps Britain safe through missions across the globe."

"That’s what the real Royal Navy does every day, using technology and skill the same way as Bond himself," his statement continued. "I look forward to him getting to see more of our sailors and marines over the coming months and years."

The Royal Navy worked alongside Craig for the upcoming James Bond installment, "No Time To Die." The warship HMS Dragon was featured in the trailer of the film, according to the press release. The Ministry of Defence also played a role in the production of the film. 

"No Time To Die" is set to premiere on Oct. 8.

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Hunt For Next James Bond Will Begin Next Year, Says Producer Barbara Broccoli

Deadline 27 September, 2021 - 04:54am

007 Producer Barbara Broccoli has said she will not begin thinking about who will replace Daniel Craig as the next James Bond until 2022.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today program, Broccoli joked that she was “in denial” about Craig leaving after his five-film stint.

“We want Daniel to have his time of celebration,” She added. “Next year we’ll start thinking about the future.”

Appearing alongside Broccoli on the program, fellow Eon producer Michael G. Wilson added that Craig was leaving some “big shoes to fill”.

Broccoli recalled how Craig had been reluctant to take on the role prior to being cast. “He knew it would change his life, which it obviously has,” she said, going on to praise what the actor had brought to the character. “He enabled us to explore the emotional life of Bond, to go deeply into the personal, complexity of the character.”

Asked about Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s role in writing the film, Wilson added that she had made a “major contribution”.

“She gave us an interesting point-of-view for several of the characters. It’s unfair to think of her as a female writer… she contributed to the whole plot of the film,” he added.

Speaking in a separate interview over the weekend, Broccoli also addressed the future of the franchise with Amazon’s pending MGM acquisition.

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Daniel Craig’s 007 Replacement Won’t Be Discussed Until 2022, Says James Bond Producer Barbara Broccoli

Variety 27 September, 2021 - 03:19am

By Manori Ravindran

James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, the long-time custodians of the iconic spy, have said the prospect of replacing Daniel Craig isn’t something they’re entertaining until 2022.

In an interview on BBC Radio 4’s popular Today program on Monday morning, the half-siblings and heads of Bond outfit Eon Productions were asked if they have decided who might replace Craig’s 007.

“Oh God no,” said Broccoli. “We’re not thinking about it at all. We want Daniel to have his time of celebration. Next year we’ll start thinking about the future.”

As for whether Craig, who has played Bond for 15 years, might have a say about the next iteration of the British spy, Wilson said, “He’s been such a great Bond. Those are big shoes to fill. I can’t even [think if it’s] possible.”

Betting company William Hill’s top favorites to play Bond are currently Tom Hardy, Regé-Jean Page, James Norton, Luke Evans, Idris Elba and Henry Cavill.

Earlier, Broccoli told the U.K.’s Press Association news agency that Bond would not be played by a woman. “James Bond is a male character. I hope that there will be many, many films made with women, for women, by women, about women.

“I don’t think we have to take a male character and have a woman portray him. So yes, I see him as male. And I’m sort of in denial, I would love for Daniel to continue forever,” said Broccoli.

In their Radio 4 interview, Wilson added that Craig has “changed” the series and would be always be a “big part” of its history, and Broccoli was similarly complimentary of Craig, calling him a “tremendous actor.”

“We’re very, very lucky to get him to play this role,” she said. “We could see he was reluctant to do it, because he knew it would change his life, which it obviously has. It’s changed his life, but it hasn’t changed him. What he’s enabled us to do with the franchise is really explore the emotional life of Bond and go into the person and complexity and conflicts that happen within the Bond character.”

Discussing Amazon’s takeover of MGM, the parent company of Eon, and how it might impact Bond, Broccoli and Wilson didn’t reveal any doubts about the franchise, but details are still sparse.

“We’ll keep going,” said Broccoli. “Next year it’ll be the 60th anniversary of the Bond films, so we’re looking forward to the new chapter, whatever it brings. We’re not quite sure at the moment. Right now, we just want to celebrate ‘No Time to Die’ and Daniel’s extraordinary achievement.”

Earlier this year, Eon told Variety that it’s “committed to continuing to make James Bond films for the worldwide theatrical audience” despite Amazon’s $8.45 billion acquisition of MGM.

Wilson described “No Time to Die,” which has its world premiere at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday (Sept. 28) as a “great film, plenty of action, plenty of stunts, exotic locations and a very emotional, underlying love story.”

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