Who the hell will be the next James Bond? It’s a question that’s been on the lips of movie industry kingmakers since Daniel Craig first discussed hanging up his tuxedo. Now that he’s out for his fifth time as a martini-drinking undercover agent in No Time to Die
, the rumor mill is running into overdrive again.
Among those considered likely? Regé-Jean Page, the dashing Duke of Hastings in Bridgerton; the winning Henry in Crazy Rich Asians Henry Golding; and Lashana Lynch, who goes by the codename in the latest blockbuster while Bond is in exile. Then, in November, it was reported that Aaron Taylor-Johnson of the Nowhere Boy was also among the frontrunners after giving the series’ producer Barbara Broccoli was impressed – a secret screen test.
However, according to Broccoli himself, it will take some time to determine a successor. Earlier this year, she told Deadline that filming is “at least two years away” and is accepting ) kind of . “This is a 007-, 007 year commitment,” she told the publication. “Not everyone wants to do that.” Her other focus? Reinvent the role for the modern day. “It’s an evolution,” she added. “Bond evolves, just as humans evolve.”
Well, the new Is Bond really different from previous generations of the character? Before we learn more, browse the current contenders below.