James Bond producers may have found the next lucky actor to step into 007’s shoes after Daniel Craig makes his final appearance as James Bond.
According to reports, oddsmakers in the UK have “Game Of Thrones” alum Richard Madden, 32, tapped to be offered the job. His acting gig as a diplomatic protection officer in the BBC drama “Bodyguard” has made him the current odds-on favourite to replace Craig after he bows out after his five-film run following next year’s “Bond 25”.
Now, the actor is addressing those rumours in a pre-recorded segment on Britain’s “This Morning”, admitting it is “flattering to be involved in the conversation” though he remained coy on his involvement, adding that “people make up things.”
The Scottish actor neither confirmed nor denied any conversations had taken place, stating, “It is lovely to be involved in the conversation.”
Eon Productions executive producer Barbara Broccoli has the say on all casting decisions and reportedly approached Madden earlier this month, according to insider sources.
“It’s seriously looking like he [Madden] is going to get the job. Not only is he on top of Barbara’s list but she is preparing to offer the role,” a source tells The Daily Mail.
However, Madden exclaimed during his interview, “I’m not sitting down talking about it with Barbara Broccoli!”
Madden isn’t the only actor linked with the role: Idris Elba, Tom Hardy, and Tom Hiddleston are also on bookies’ lists.