It’s been almost 18 months since Daniel Craig retired as explosively as James Bond in No Time To Die. Since then, rumors have abounded that Aaron Taylor-Johnson has been seriously impressing 007 producer Barbara Broccoli in secret meetings and auditions. As a result, he has risen to the top of the bookies’ favorites at current odds of 5-4.
According to Puck News insider Matthew Belloni: “The Aaron Taylor-Johnson rumors are true: He sat down with producer Barbara Broccoli and the meeting went well, according to sources. But while Taylor-Johnson fits the bill (great actor, British, fits the younger direction the Broccolis want to take, accomplished but not particularly famous), he’s about to become a much bigger star. If Sony’s Spider-Man spin-off, Kraven the Hunter, or Universal’s Ryan Gosling’s The Fall Guy, pans out, Taylor-Johnson could ironically end up too famous to take on Bond.”
However, being “too famous” is not the reason a star of the last four Bond films has ruled out the 32-year-old actor taking License to Kill next.
Rory Kinnear, who played M’s Chief of Staff Bill Tanner in four of Daniel Craig’s five 007 movies, believes Taylor-Johnson won’t land the role of a lifetime simply because he’s the favorite.
The No Time To Die star told The One Show: “I always feel a little bad for people who stand out because it never tends to be them. They are very good at keeping the real person a secret. I’d be interested to see who takes over obviously, but he tends to be the underdog, that’s historically [how it has been].” Here are the latest odds for the other upcoming James Bond contenders at the bookmakers.
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Casino Royale runner-up Henry Cavill, now not returning as Superman, is 6-4, just behind Taylor-Johnson. Third is Bridgerton’s hulking Regé-Jean Page at 3-1, followed by James Norton, Dan Stevens and Tom Hardy at 6-1. Behind them are Idris Elba and Richard Madden at 8-1, Jack Lowden and Luke Evans at 10-1, plus Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sope Dirisu and Callum Turner at 12-1.
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