Sorry, Idris Elba and Tom Hardy fans. It looks like we have a new favourite to take the role of James Bond – Homeland star Damian Lewis. According to the Sunday Mirror, the 44-year-old actor has been given ‘an unofficial nod’ that he will take over from Daniel Craig.
A source told The Sunday Mirror: "If Daniel Craig leaves, it's Damian Lewis who will be crowned the new Bond. He is seen as an all-round international star who is perfect for the role.
"As he ages, he looks increasingly suave and sophisticated. But at the moment all focus is on the release of Spectre in November." Sharing their high expectations for the forthcoming Bond instalment, the insider said: "Producers are convinced it's a particularly strong 007 movie. Daniel excels in the role and there is no pressure on him to step down. But if he does, people close to Damian have had an unofficial nod he is the number one choice."
Recently, Craig has hinted that he was ready to quit the role when he was asked if he would like to play Bond one more time. He had said when asked about the chances of playing Bond one more time: “At this moment, no. I have a life and I’ve got to get on with it a bit. But we’ll see.” The new Bond film, ‘Spectre’, releases later this year.