Last Christmas saw Bridgerton hit Netflix, when viewers found a new heartthrob in rising star Regé-Jean Page. Ever since the 31-year-old was introduced to the world as the Duke of Hastings, fans have asked him to replace Daniel Craig as the next James Bond. But now the British-Zimbabwean actor has left Bridgerton after just one season and there is speculation that he will be recording that License to Kill after No Time To Die.
Bookmakers Coral have narrowed Page’s odds to 5-2, meaning the star has taken over as the new front-runner to become the next James Bond.
This is quite significant considering how long Tom Hardy and James Norton, now joint second at 3-1, have held the top spot.
But if that wasn’t enough, Betway has announced that the next Bond bets will be suspended following the news of Page’s departure from Bridgerton.
A spokesperson for the bookmakers said: “After the announcement that Rege-Jean Page has left his role as Simon Basset, the mysterious young suitor in Bridgerton, all bets on the Next James Bond market have been suspended. Are we finally about to receive the highly anticipated announcement about Daniel Craig’s replacement as the next James Bond? “
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Page himself has recently caught up The mirror, he shares “flattered” by the Bond speculation.
The 31-year-old said, “Ah, the B word. I think if you’re British and you do something remarkable that other people take into account, people are going to talk about it.
“I think that’s pretty normal and I’m flattered to fall into the category of Brits that people have noticed. Nothing more – or less – than that. “
“I think the idea of having plans at this point in history is somewhat hilarious. So I gave up making them. “
Regé-Jean Page as The Duke of Hastings in Bridgerton
With No Time To Die finally hitting theaters this fall, Bond auditions for Craig’s replacement will no doubt be on the minds of the 007 producers.
Previous actors who played the role of Bond were in their 30s and 40s, so Page is certainly the right age.
In addition to being British and incredibly boisterous like 007, he would also be a great way to modernize the franchise as the first BAME Bond.
Be that as it may, the next 007 reboot will be a “reimagining” of the franchise, just as Craig’s era was, says Barbara Broccoli.
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Speak with Total Film Last year, the Bond producer said, “It will have to be rethought, as every actor has rethought the role.
“That’s what’s so exciting and fun about this franchise; the character evolves. Ultimately, if we have to think about it, we will find the right person. “
Broccoli also confirmed that while Bond will always be played by a man, the actor can be of any ethnicity.
The 60-year-old added: “He doesn’t have to be a white man. Not for me. We need to create roles for women, not just turn a man into a woman. “
Interestingly, when Bridgerton first aired, Page’s pinned tweet on his official Twitter account indicated he’d love playing 007.
Above a video of his Duke of Hastings walking towards the camera was captioned: ‘Regency, royalty. Shaken and stirred. “
It may be a coincidence, but that last line is a lot like 007’s classic martini drink: “shaken not stirred”.
In the meantime, Page is engaged in Hollywood lead roles. He is currently making action thriller The Gray Man with Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans, as well as signed on for Chris Pine’s new Dungeons and Dragons movie.
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