There has been a lot of speculation and rumours about who will become the next James Bond since Daniel Craig‘s departure from the franchise in 2021’s No Time To Die. While many actors have been considered, including recent favorites Tom Hardy, Aaron Taylor Johnson and Henry Cavill, it is ultimately up to the producers and casting directors to decide who will fill the iconic role.
Recently, there have been reports that Taylor-Johnson is no longer in the running for the role of James Bond. According to Jeff Sneider on The Hot Mic podcast, he heard from an inside source that the Kick Ass star was not a lock for Bond and that he may not be the right fit for the role.
Idris Elba Rules Himself Out
Another actor who has previously been rumored to play the role of James Bond is Idris Elba. However, in a recent interview, Elba ruled himself out of contention for the role. Idris Elba is currently focused on the his film, Luther: The Fallen Sun, which was released last month.
During a recent interview, Elba alluded to the rumors of him being the next James Bond, stating, “A lot of people talk about another character that begins with J and ends with B, but I’m not going to be that guy. I’m going to be John Luther. That’s who I am.”
With Elba out of the running and Taylor-Johnson’s potential candidacy now uncertain, the speculation about who will be the next James Bond continues to build.
Other Contenders to Don The Famous Tuxedo
Tom Hardy was the early frontrunner, but talk of the Peaky Blinders star picking up the Walther PPK has gone quiet. He would be a very popular choice, and came out top in a poll among the British public, but at 45 he’s edging on the older side of the scales.
Don’t rule out James Norton, however. The 37-year-old actor was born in London and has impressed in recent shows Happy Valley and Black Mirror. Norton denied any knowledge of him becoming the next Bond, which he would, but he fits the bill, probably more so than Cavill.
Bond producers tend to go for a not-so-famous actor. Cavill and Hardy are well known to most movie goers, whereas Norton is lesser known, especially in the US.