The Scottish star of Amazon Prime’s Outlander is an unexpected addition to the list of potentials to play the established spy. Some argue this makes him more likely to land the role – he’s relatively unknown in comparison to some of the big stars whose names are on the list and Radio Times readers voted them top of their list to take over from Craig.
Game of Thrones, Disney’s Cinderella, the BBC’s Bodyguard – it’s an impressive CV already in the bag, not to mention his upcoming role in Marvel’s The Eternals, but could he play Bond? The second Scottish actor in the running has been quick to dismiss rumours as just that but he has also admitted he’s a big fan of Bond so he’s likely to be keen.
GQ called him “the acting talent of his generation” – he’s played both of the Kray twins in Legend, a suave, Bond-type figure in Inception and the lead in Marvel’s Venom, and would bring that gritty aspect we’ve come to know in Daniel Craig’s 007.
Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba and Michael Fassbender are the big name actors in the running. Elba is a fan favourite but may be too old to step into Bond’s shoes now at 45, although this is the age Roger Moore was when he took over from Connery (and he played Bond until he was 58!)
All three actors have been major parts of the Marvel franchise and it’s argued they’re too well known to play Bond. Elba has also said he wouldn’t want to be known for just one character telling Event magazine that
You’re that character, and known as that character for many, many years
Hiddleston is rumoured to have been described as “too posh” for the role and Fassbender has said he feels he is too old for it and supports the idea of a female bond.
There have been calls for the role to go to a woman or a person of colour (or both!) but if we’re being realistic it’s very unlikely that the conservative brand will make James Bond into er, Jane Bond anytime soon – even with someone as fabulous as Gillian Anderson in the running.
Our money is on James Norton – mainly because his hometown is Malton, North Yorkshire (also the home of ALA) but watch this space!
No Time to Die is due in cinemas on 12th November 2020.
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