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All the actors tipped to take over from Daniel Craig after No Time To Die and what they’ve said about the role

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Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig is set to make his final outing as James Bond in No Time To Die (Picture: REX)

Daniel Craig will (eventually) return to the big screen as James Bond for the fifth time in No Time To Die.

The blockbuster, directed by Cary Fukunaga, will see the actor star as British spy 007 opposite Rami Malek as Bond villain Safin and Ana de Armas as Paloma.

Pop star Billie Eilish has written and performed the theme tune this time, also called No Time To Die, with a moody music video released last week.

Sadly, though, fans will have a bit more of a wait for it as the release date was pushed back for a second time from November this year to April 2, 2021.

It will be Daniel’s last outing as the iconic character, as producer Barbara Broccoli confirmed: ‘We consider this film to be a classic Bond film but with a modern twist.

‘It’s also vitally important because it is the fifth and final one that Daniel Craig is going to be doing, so it’s a culmination of everything his portrayal of the character has been through and it ties up all the storylines.’

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She added: ‘It’s a pretty epic film, I have to say’.

So now, to celebrate James Bond Day, how about we bring together all the talk as to who could take over from the Knives Out star.

Let’s look at the contenders.

Tom Hardy

Tom Hardy

Tom Hardy is rumoured to be the favourite to take over (Picture: Getty

The Taboo star is currently the favourite to play 007 next with The Vulcan Reporter claiming he had been cast. However there has been on official comment on the reports.

What has Tom said about it?

In 2017 the Peaky Blinders actor mysteriously told The Daily Beast: ‘You know, there’s a saying amongst us in the fraternity of acting, and in the fellowship of my peer group, that if you talk about it you’re automatically out of the race.

‘So I can’t possibly comment on that one! If I mention it, it’s gone.’

Idris Elba

Idris Elba

We know Idris Elba can rock a tux (Picture: Getty)

Idris’ name has come up a lot alongside Bond’s for months, and with his performance in crime drama Luther he would certainly fit the bill. Plus making him the first ever Black 007 would be a huge leap forward.

What has Idris said about it?

The In The Long Run creator thinks he would be ‘in a difficult position’ if he were to play the role.

Idris explained to Vanity Fair: ‘James Bond is a hugely coveted, iconic, beloved character, that takes audiences on this massive escapism journey.

‘Of course, if someone said to me, “Do you want to play James Bond?” I’d be like, “Yeah!” That’s fascinating to me.’

‘But it’s not something I’ve expressed, like, “Yeah, I wanna be the black James Bond”. You just get disheartened when you get people from a generational point of view going, “It can’t be”. And it really turns out to be the colour of my skin,’ he added.

‘Then if I get it and it didn’t work, or it did work, would it be because of the colour of my skin? That’s a difficult position to put myself into when I don’t need to.’

James Norton

James Norton

What has James Norton said about becoming Bond? (Picture: Getty)

The reserved Happy Valley star would be a bit of a curveball, but no doubt many thought that when Daniel started out.

He has showed promise in the drama McMafia (mainly because he swanned around in suits living a luxe, yet dangerous, life) so could easily slip into James’ dress shoes.

What has James said about it?

Anyone hoping for James to play James have been left disappointed, as the TV star shut down the rumours in February.

Asked about the rumours on Chris Evans’ Virgin Radio show he said: ‘None of it is true. No, it’s not true.

‘Unfortunately or fortunately, whatever you think, it’s people making stories. I promise you, I promise you.

‘I mean, as far as I’m concerned, I have not had a single conversation beyond like this.. So, and I mean, I hope Daniel Craig might do one or two more.’

‘I mean, maybe there are conversations going on, but they’re not involving me,’ the Trial Of Christine Keeler star explained.

Hmm, sounds like something someone who was about to play Bond would say…(we kid, James).

Sam Heughan

Sam Heughan

The Outlander star has played it coy (Picture: Getty)

Outlander star Sam would be another unexpected casting, but he definitely has the look and the experience with action scenes to pull it off.

What has Sam said about it?

The 39-year-old told Good Morning Britain: ‘It depends how much whisky I’ve drunk. It’s not a no.’

So that’s cleared that up, then. We think.

Henry Cavill

Henry Cavill

Henry Cavill would love to play James Bond (Picture: Getty)

If film bosses are after someone who is ‘classically’ James Bond then they should look no further than British actor Henry Cavill.

The Man Of Steel star has shown he can pull off a tuxedo on numerous occasions, has a cut-glass accent and can handle himself in a fight scene.

And he’s a keen bean!

What has Henry said about it?

He told GQ he would ‘jump at the opportunity’ to play the role after Craig.

‘At this stage, it’s all up in the air. We’ll see what happens. But yes, I would love to play Bond, it would be very, very exciting,’ Cavill said.

He went on: ‘If Barbara [Broccoli] and Michael G. Wilson were interested in that, I would absolutely jump at the opportunity.’

The Enola Holmes actor actually lost out to Craig for the part in the first place, so it would come full circle if he was cast.

Henry Golding

Henry Golding

Henry Golding is ‘honoured’ to be part of the conversation (Picture: Getty Images)

The Crazy Rich Asians star is on the fan wishlist to play 007, not only because he has the looks and charisma but many people are clamouring to see the role played by a person of colour.

What has Henry said about it?

Henry is ‘honoured’ that he is even being considered, especially as a man with Malaysian heritage, telling Attitude magazine: ‘It does seem to be a question that always comes up. It was definitely from Crazy Rich, maybe (the scene with) the white suit coming out of the park.

‘(And) because I’m Asian and everybody’s fighting for a diverse Bond – sorry, white guys.

“I don’t know. It’s an honour to even be in the conversation. It’s one of the greatest film roles ever, you’d be stupid to be like, “I don’t want to do that st.” Fk, no, it would be the wildest ride.

‘I’m super excited to see Daniel Craig’s last venture…but isn’t it great that we’re having that conversation?

No Time To Die is out April 2, 2021.

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