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Who Will Be the Next James Bond? The Top Contenders Revealed

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The name’s Bond… James Bond. It’s a line so famous, from a character so well known and loved by generations. 

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Whether it was uttered by Pierce Brosnan, Sean Connery, Daniel Craig or any of the seven actors who have played the iconic role of 007 across 25 films, it’s undeniable that taking on the role of James Bond is a big deal, and people want to know who will be next. 

While the creators of the beloved spy franchise have yet to confirm the next star to don the iconic black suit, rumours surrounding the franchise’s next leading man have continued to circulate. 

Almost every week, there appears to be a new inside scoop or new name thrown into the mix, so we’ve rounded up the top contenders for the new James Bond. 

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Over the last few years, Bullet Train star Aaron Taylor-Johnson has repeatedly popped up as a reported front-runner for the iconic British role.

Despite rumours appearing to subside throughout 2023, in March 2024, Aaron made headlines after The Sun reported that the 33-year-old had been “formally offered” the top job. 

“Bond is Aaron’s job, should he wish to accept it. The formal offer is on the table and they are waiting to hear back,” an insider told the publication, adding, “As far as Eon [Productions] is concerned, Aaron is going to sign his contract in the coming days and they can start preparing for the big announcement.”

Speaking to Numero one week prior, Aaron addressed speculation surrounding the role, sharing, “I find it charming and wonderful that people see me in that role. I take it as a great compliment.”

Prior to his most recent comments, Aaron first addressed the Bond rumours in February 2023, telling Vanity Fair, “It’s flattering. You can have something really positive [written about you], but you can also have something really negative that can circulate.”

“You just want to stay in your lane, stay grounded, stay around the people that you love and love you back, and stay in that world, because the moment you start believing the s**t people say about you, you’ve lost your f*****g mind.”

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Henry Cavill

The newest contender? Superman of course! The latest bout of rumours are nothing new, Henry was previously close to being cast in the famed role which eventually went to Craig. 

“They told me that it was just down to me and Daniel [Craig] and I was the younger option,” said Cavill in an interview with entertainment reporter Josh Horowitz.

Whilst fans are hoping Henry is next in line, it looks like he may actually be in talks to play the next Bond villain instead, with whispers that he is in negotiations to play a role opposite to Bond in the next film.

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Regé-Jean Page

Bridgerton to James Bond? It would be a pretty impressive leap, and we could definitely see it. 

Although we’re still a while away from getting a new James Bond film, fans have been speculating that the Bridgerton actor could be the man for the job.

In February 2023, the actor who recently starred in The Gray Man alongside Ryan Gosling spoke about the Bond rumours in an interview with Vanity Fair. 

“It’s a conversation people are having, and it’s terribly flattering that they’re having it. I leave them to it,” he said. 

When asked whether he’d take the role if given the chance, he responded, “I have no idea. It’s not a thing that is fully occupying my thoughts. I’ve got enough on my plate at the moment. I worry about the work I have, not other people’s jobs.” 

It’s not the first time the actor has addressed the rumours, in 2021 he told The Mirror, “I think that if you are British and you do anything of note, that other people take notice of, then people will start talking about that. I think that’s fairly normal and I’m flattered to be in the category of Brits that people have noticed. Nothing more, or less, than that.”

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Liam Hemsworth

An original James Bond actor suggested that the Australian heartthrob should take over the iconic role earlier this year.  

George Lazenby, the third actor to play Bond in the franchise, reckons the Hemsworth brother is perfect for the job.

Not only did the 83-year-old tell TMZ that the Australian’s acting resume warrants the license to kill, he also suggested that Liam will be adequately prepared for the accompanying media scrutiny.

George (a fellow Aussie) added that Liam was “crazy enough, arrogant enough, confident enough, ambitious enough to take on the role”. 

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Lucien Laviscount

The Emily in Paris star is another strong suggestion for the role of 007. 

A source told The Mail that Bond producer, Barbara Broccoli is “very taken” with the actor. 

“Lucien ticks all of the boxes,” the source shared. “He is a super talented actor, is extremely handsome and in the past 18 months has won lots of new fans since he joined Emily In Paris.”

“Bond bosses are already saying how you can see him in the 007 tuxedo, how dapper and fitting to the role he will look.”

Although we may be waiting a while for the next James Bond film, why not re-watch the classics? The franchise is available to rent on Prime Video. 

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