There is a New Frontrunner for the Role of James Bond

Aaron Taylor-Johnson 'Bullet Train' film premiere in Seoul in August 2022
Aaron Taylor-Johnson 'Bullet Train' film premiere in Seoul in August 2022. Photo by Steve Cho Kyewoong/Penta Press/Shutterstock (13134388w)

Her Majesty’s Secret Service may have found its new 007. 

Daniel Craig officially stepped down from the role of James Bond last year, with No Time to Die being his last outing as the martini-drinking spy. But, even before the Knives Out star announced that he wouldn’t be carrying on, speculation was rife about who would take over. 

Rumors have swirled for years, with Idris Elba, Tom Hardy, Henry Cavill, Tom Hiddleston, Adrian Turner, and Regé-Jean Page all having their names thrown into the hat. 

Bond producer, Michael G. Wilson, recently stated that the next 007 would be in his thirties and the role would be a “reinvention”. Fellow producer, Barbara Broccoli, has also said that playing Bond is a 10-12 year commitment, ruling out several of those actors due to age.

Latest reports indicate, however, that there is a new frontrunner for the job. 

Aaron Taylor-Johnson is said to have undergone a secret audition at Pinewood Studios during which he impressed Broccoli.  The Bullet Train actor hails from Buckinghamshire and is 32, fitting in line with Wilson’s hints. 

Taylor-Johnson recently signed on to portray Kraven the Hunter in multiple films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including a self-titled movie that is due out in October next year.