James Norton is the current favourite to play James Bond
As Daniel Craig is dusting off his tux for one last gig as the famed 007 agent in the 25th instalment of James Bond's No Time to Die, speculation is now adrift that British star James Norton is the current favourite to have his drink shaken, not stirred.
51-year-old Craig has confirmed the news that No Time to Die will officially be his final outing as Bond. When asked by German publication Express whether he was done with the part, he confirmed that he was, and said that "someone else needs to have a go."
Meanwhile, the 34-year-old Norton is currently starring in the BBC drama The Trial Of Christine Keeler and will be seen in Greta Gerwig's Little Women playing Emma Watson's love interest as John Brooke. The actor and his team have reportedly met with the producers in the last year as well.
A source told The Sun: "Numerous meetings and secret squirrel script readings were had at the back end of last year. ‘James has always been in the frame but until four months ago, there were no concrete moves."
However, the news of the next Bond will only be revealed by Eon Productions post the theatre run of the 25th James Bond Installment No Time To Die that will hit theatres in April 2020.
Esquire UK recently wrote that: "Norton’s turn in McMafia shoved him to the head of the pack for a couple of months, and he’s certainly got the 'wearing of a suit' and 'waving of a gun' aspects of the role down. Then again, he’s a bit light on film experience and might have been right to dismiss Bond rumours as "very flattering, very humbling speculation". Likely to be the Clive Owen de nos jours."
Here's the trailer for No Time to Die.