Aaron Taylor-Johnson: Speculation is growing once again about a new James Bond

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson is currently the bookies' favorite to play 007

Speculation has risen once again about which actor will take on the role of James Bond, after reports that British actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson has been offered the role.

The Sun reported The Kick-Ass and Marvel movie actor has “officially been offered the job” as spy 007, previously played by Daniel Craig.

Craig left the role in 2021 after starring in five films over 16 years.

The next Bond film will be the 26th, following No Time to Die.

The BBC has contacted Taylor-Johnson. Eon Productions, which makes the Bond films, said it does not comment on speculation, but a production insider told BBC News: “There is no truth to the rumours.”

There has been speculation about this role for some time.

Taylor Johnson recently He told Numero magazine He found it “charming and wonderful for people to see me in this role” when asked about the rumors naming him the next Bond.

“I consider it a great compliment,” he added.

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Daniel Craig was announced as the sixth Bond in 2005 and remained in the role until the release of No Time to Die in 2021.

The 33-year-old actor, who played John Lennon in the 2009 biopic Nowhere Boy, is now the bookies' favorite to play the role.

He also starred in the thriller Nocturnal Animals, which won a Golden Globe in 2017 for Anna Karenina, Godzilla, and Tenet.

Who else is in the running to play 007?

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Cavill played Superman in films including Man of Steel and Batman Vs Superman

Over the past three years, there has been no shortage of names thrown into the mix to choose who will succeed Craig, which is widely viewed as a tough act to follow.

Mark O'Connell, author of Catching Bullets: Memoirs of a Bond Fan, told the BBC after Craig's departure: “The new Bond is not just a suit on the red carpet and an endorsement arm for the watch.

“He should be a movie star, an ambassador for TV and film, a media diplomat, an anointed son of British culture, and the face of a billion-dollar ecosystem of products and endorsements.

“He should be instantly recognized around the world as James Bond.

“He must be good-looking, able to hold a camera and command cinema screens the size of football fields.”

“Very very sexy”

One of the current candidates to take on the role is the Super Man and Mission: Impossible actor Henry Cavill Who thought he was in the running to play Bond before Craig was cast.

he he told GQ in 2020 He “would love to play Bond, it would be very exciting.”

One of the youngest names believed to be in contention is 32 years old Damson Idris.

He is best known for his role in the American television crime drama Snowfall, which ran for six seasons between 2017 and 2023. He also played the lead role in the sci-fi action film Outside the Wire on Netflix.

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Damson Idris starred in the TV crime drama Snowfall

Another favorite among bookmakers is James Nortonwho recently starred in the stage production of A Little Life and was in the cast of the 2019 film Little Women.

The 38-year-old actor has starred in a number of gritty TV dramas including McMafia and Happy Valley.

In 2018, he dispelled rumors that he could be the next Bond, telling the Evening Standard: “There is an inevitable amount of speculation. But that's as much as it is – speculation. Very tempting and very modest speculation.”

But of course a lot can change in six years.

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James Norton played Prince Andrei Bolkonsky in the 2016 BBC series War and Peace

Proverbs Tom Hardy, Idris Elba And Chris Evans And other names that were mentioned.

But Elba (51 years old) admitted that he may now be “too old” to play this role, given that if he remained in his position as long as Daniel Craig did, he would be 66 years old.

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Idris Elba has been the favorite to take on the role for a number of years following his hugely popular performance as Stringer Bell in The Wire.

Producers don't necessarily choose the biggest name for the role, after all, Daniel Craig's name wasn't at the forefront in the year following Pierce Brosnan's final Bond film in 2002.

Speaking about Brosnan, he recently told the BBC that he is his fellow Irishman and Oscar winner Cillian Murphy That would make 007 “cool”.

Brosnan has also previously said that Bridgerton is the heartbeat Reggie Jean's page That would make a “wonderful” bond.

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