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Will Aaron Taylor-Johnson Be the New James Bond?

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Speculation is again growing over which actor will take on the role of James Bond after reports that British actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson has been offered the role.

British newspaper The Sun has reported that the Kick-Ass and Marvel movies star has been “formally offered the job” as the 007 secret agent, a role which, until 2021, was played by Daniel Craig.

Craig exited the role after starring in five films over sixteen years. The next Bond film will be the twenty-sixth after No Time to Die.

The BBC reported it has approached Taylor-Johnson, and Eon productions, which makes the Bond films, reportedly does not want to comment on speculation, but a production insider has allegedly told BBC News there is “no truth in the rumors.”

The famous role has been speculated over for some time, and, when he was asked about the rumors claiming he will be the next Bond, Taylor-Johnson recently told Numero magazine he found it “charming and wonderful that people see me in that role. I take it as a great compliment.”

The actor, who played John Lennon in the biopic Nowhere Boy in 2009, is now favorite with the bookmakers to take the role. He also starred in thriller Nocturnal Animals, which he took home a Golden Globe for in 2017, Anna Karenina, Godzilla, and Tenet.

In the last three years since Craig announced his retirement from the role, there have been several names put forward for the next Bond film. Mark O’Connell, author of Catching Bullets: Memoirs of a Bond Fan, told the BBC after Craig’s departure: “A new Bond is not just a red-carpet suit and a timepiece endorsement arm. He must be a movie star, an ambassador for the series and cinema, a media diplomat, an anointed son of British culture and the face of a billion-dollar ecosystem of products and endorsements.”

O’Connell added, “He must be instantly recognizable across all corners of the globe as James Bond. He must be good looking, able to hold the camera and dominate cinema screens the size of football pitches.”

Which other actors could be taking on the role of Bond?

One of the better-known, more high-profile actors who has been touted to be the new Bond is Super Man and Mission: Impossible actor Henry Cavill, who was believed to be in the running to play the spy before Craig got the job.

He told GQ in 2020 that he “would love to play Bond, it would be very, very exciting.”
One of the youngest actors believed to be in with a shot is 32-year-old Damson Idris, best-known for his role in US TV crime drama Snowfall, which ran for six seasons between 2017 and 2023. He also took on the lead role in Netflix’s sci-fi action film Outside the Wire.

Another favorite with the bookies is James Norton, who starred recently inn the stage production of A Little Life and was in the cast of the 2019 film Little Women.

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