James Bond: Goodbye, Daniel Craig And Tom Hiddleston, Hello, James Norton And Aidan Turner?

James Bond the movie franchise is getting close to the selection process after Daniel Craig, the current 007 player, bowed out of the role, according to Daily Mail.

“The name is not Bond,” says the source, after Craig reportedly signed up for the American TV series Purity, which is slated for 20 episodes per season.The Bond franchise is definitely the longest movie franchise in history as it has been running for over 50 years with a record output of 25 James Bond films as shown below.

  1. Casino Royale
  2. Goldfinger
  3. Skyfall
  4. The Spy Who Loved Me
  5. Thunderball
  6. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
  7. Dr. No
  8. For Your Eyes Only
  9. You Only Live Twice
  10. Goldeneye
  11. From Russia With Love
  12. The Living Daylights
  13. Octopussy
  14. Live And Let Die
  15. License To Kill
  16. Quantum Of Solace
  17. Spectre
  18. The World Is Not Enough
  19. Tomorrow Never Dies
  20. The Man With The Golden Gun
  21. Never Say Never Again
  22. Moonraker
  23. Diamonds Are Forever
  24. A View To A Kill
  25. Die Another Day

Daniel Craig devoted 10 years of his professional career to James Bond movies, doing Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, and Spectre.

After Daniel Craig, the next actor in the closest running for the 007 role was originally Tom Hiddleston who plays Loki, Thor’s brother in The Avengers movie franchise. Unfortunately, Hiddleston seems to have lost the “James Bond Games” due to one wrong tactical move, according to Perez Hilton.Everyone wants to know who will replace Daniel Craig as the next James Bond — and it looks like we have a NEW frontrunner!”

The source elaborates as follows.

“Last we heard, Tom Hiddleston was still the favorite, but while he’s been off gallivanting with Taylor Swift, it seems that James Norton, from Rush and the TV mini-series War and Peace, has become the new frontrunner to be the next 007!”

So it does look like it’s time to say goodbye not only to Daniel Craig but to Tom Hiddleston’s candidacy as well for the much-coveted James Bond role. Too bad, Hiddleston didn’t even have the chance to play the role. And just to give you an idea how much Hiddleston is missing, Craig was offered a whopping $131 million to come back to the James Bond set, according to Mirror.

If James Norton is the next closest James Bond candidate, then it’s time to look into his resume. Aside from playing Rush and War and Peace, Norton is said to be an erudite 007 candidate, according to BBC, which states the following.

“He’s educated. Before he turned his hand to acting, James went to Cambridge where he read Theology. He graduated in 2007 with First Class Honours.”

But does James Bond really have to come from a distinguished university?

“He’s already mastered his brooding and moody look,” the source continues. Here are a few more qualifications, according to the same source.

  • He’s adventurous
  • After university, James traveled to Nepal
  • But there’s no word on whether he jumped off Everest, with just skis and a parachute
  • Women love him
  • His dashing good looks and the fact that he wears a tuxedo help
  • James was also recently named Glamour magazine’s Man of the Year

And of course, it also helps that his first name is James already. Let’s hope that James Norton’s resume will charm itself into Barbara Broccoli’s office table — if it isn’t there already. After all, as James Bond director Sam Mendes says, Barbara usually has the last say when it comes to the next James Bond player, according to The Week.

As for Aidan Turner, he seems to have signed up for a new series of Poldark, according to BBC. So scheduling-wise, Turner could be handicapped for the James Bond role. So considering all factors, James Norton does stand a good chance of being the man.

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