Once it comes to the end of the reign of a James Bond actor, the speculation begins almost instantly as to who might replace them in the iconic role. Recent rumours have suggested Richard Madden, Tom Hiddlestone, or even Tom Hardy might be in line to replace Daniel Craig, though coming off the back of Netflix’s highly successful Bridgerton, Regé-Jean Page has reportedly shot to the top of the pack.
Recently announcing that he would not be returning for a second series of Bridgerton, Page now finds himself the odds-on favourite to take Bond’s licence to kill, with McMafia star James Norton hot on his heels.
It all comes after James Bond’s latest adventure, No Time to Die, Daniel Craig’s fifth and final outing, struggled to even reach cinemas due to the delays caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. Currently scheduled for release on October 8th after a seemingly never-ending string of delays, its release is highly anticipated, with True Detective director Cary Joji Fukunaga at the helm, and contemporary superstar Billie Eilish in charge of the main theme.
Though Regé-Jean Page is leading the pack, his confirmation in the role is far from nailed-on, with Tom Hardy, James Norton, Luke Evans, as well as Superman star Henry Cavill all still in contention. The relatively open schedule will certainly be attractive for Regé-Jean Page, particularly as many of his competitors are hot properties and will be tied up with other projects, with Luke Evans part of an upcoming Beauty and The Beast spin-off series for Disney+, and Henry Cavill tied down to other commitments on Netflix’s The Witcher.
Rumours of a first female Bond have not disappeared either, particularly as Lashana Lynch takes up the 007 mantle in the new film, if only for a small portion of the runtime. Though who knows where the film will take the character and his iconic codename come the explosive climax. One thing we know for sure is that Daniel Craig isn’t staying around.