James Norton loves James Bond but says rumours he'll be next 007 are "bizarre"
McMafia's James Norton is one of the furthest forward of the frontrunners to follow Daniel Craig as James Bond after No Time To Die, but according to Norton himself it's all a load of noise and nonsense.
"It's crazy. It's not real. It's speculative," Norton has told the Sunday Times. "There is no truth behind it. Unless journalists know something more than I do.
"It's bizarre and quite flattering to be even considered in that world, but beyond that? Pure speculation."
Fair. But does he want it? James, do you want it? James? Jimmy? Jimbo?
"It's really hard, as whatever I say can become a story," he said. Very true! Say something else, Jammers. "I don't know how to answer."
Gotta say something, J-Man! Buddy!! Anything!!!
"I love the franchise and hope [Bond producer] Barbara Broccoli continues to make it relevant," Norton continued. "Going into the heart of Bond's private world, as opposed to one-liners, is already progress.
"But there is more to be made, so future casting in all roles is going to be important. I don't know how you do that, because I'm not Barbara Broccoli."
That's very true. Say what you like about his flat-batting approach to potentially being cast as James Bond, the man knows when he is and is not Barbara Broccoli. That has to stand him in good stead.