Who will star as James Bond? 6 actors rumored to play 007 after Daniel Craig

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With the highly-anticipated James Bond flick “No Time to Die” just around the corner, fans are eagerly awaiting Daniel Craig’s final turn as the iconic British spy.

The 53-year-old actor has starred in five Bond films and a number of video games since 2006’s “Casino Royale.” His tenure has also included “Quantum of Solace,” “Skyfall” and “Spectre.”

Now that Craig’s time in the role has come to an end, rumors have begun to swirl about who will take over the role, as many stars have done since the 1962 release of “Dr. No,” starring Sean Connery.

Producer Barbara Broccoli recently said that discussions for recasting the role won’t even be held until 2022, but that doesn’t stop fans from speculating. 

Here’s a look at six actors rumored to take over the role:

Lashana Lynch

Lashana Lynch has a role in ‘No Time to Die.’
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An up-and-coming star, Lashana Lynch has a role in “No Time to Die” as Nomi, a fellow secret agent that teams up with Bond to take on yet another villain.

While it’s unclear whether she’ll be able to play James Bond himself given her role in the franchise, many have speculated that she’d take on the moniker of 007 and lead the series herself for the time being.

In fact, it was confirmed in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar that Lynch’s character would assume the 007 identity while Bond enjoys his retirement – however, whether she’ll remain in the role remains to be seen.

Tom Hardy

Tom Hardy has played coy when asked about rumors of playing James Bond.
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When considering who could take over for Bond, fans always turn toward British action stars like “Venom: Let There be Carnage” actor Tom Hardy.

Hardy’s name has been tossed around since Craig expressed interest in exiting the franchise.

The 34-year-old star recently was asked by Entertainment Tonight about the rumors and simply said: “I don’t know about that.”

Adding fuel to the fire is Hardy’s “Venom” co-star Naomie Harris, who also told the outlet that he’d be “amazing” in the role.

Idris Elba

Idris Elba said that rumors of his casting as Bond have ‘chased’ him.
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In the same interview, he avoided addressing the speculation directly, but said he’s happy starring in “Luther.”

Henry Cavill

Henry Cavill said he’s ‘keen’ on discussing playing Bond with producers.
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Henry Cavill is another star that has caught fans’ attention after starring in action roles like “Man of Steel,” “The Witcher” and even “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” another British spy flick.

Furthermore, the 38-year-old actor has indicated that he’s interested in the role.

“If [Bond producers] Barbara [Broccoli] and Michael [G. Wilson] are interested in me in any capacity to be a part of their movies, then I will gladly have that discussion,” he recently told The Movie Dweeb, per Games Radar. “That would be something I’d be very keen to explore further.”

Regé-Jean Page

Regé-Jean Page seemed to brush off rumors of playing Bond.
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Since he burst onto the scene in 2020 as the breakout and award-nominated star of Netflix’s “Bridgerton,” it’s been rumored that Regé-Jean Page could be the next Bond.

“Ah, the ‘B’ word,” the 31-year-old star said in an interview with The Mirror when asked about the rumors earlier this year.

“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,” he continued. “I think that’s fairly normal and I’m flattered to be in the category of Brits that people have noticed.” 

Tom Hiddleston

Tom Hiddleston has also fielded speculation that he’s the next 007.
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Fan favorite and Marvel darling Tom Hiddleston has also been the subject of Bond rumors over the years.

In an interview with Empire magazine earlier this year, he addressed the speculation, dodging the question. 

“What can I say that you don’t already know?” he said, per Yahoo. “It’s interesting in itself that I’ve suddenly become very aware of what I’m saying, is it not?”

He continued: “Because there’s something about what I’m saying that becomes the story. Not for you, but for the world outside. Whatever I say, I’ve found, generated more questions.”

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