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The Next James Bond: Speculation Continues as Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Name Emerges

The name may be Bond, James Bond, but the identity of the actor set to portray the iconic spy remains shrouded in mystery.

According to a report from U.K. tabloid publication The Sun, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, known for his role in Kraven the Hunter, is the latest contender to succeed Daniel Craig. The report, citing an unnamed source, asserts that “Bond is Aaron’s job, should he wish to accept it,” with producers expecting him to finalize the deal imminently. However, a separate source close to the situation has refuted this claim, as reported by EW.

EW has reached out to EON Productions, MGM, and Taylor-Johnson’s representatives for clarification.

Amidst this uncertainty, speculation regarding the next 007 has once again stirred the pot. So, where do things currently stand? Here’s everything you need to know about the search for the next James Bond.

Who Decides?

The search for the next James Bond is spearheaded by Bond franchise producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, siblings in real life. They oversee the selection process to replace Daniel Craig, who portrayed the character in the last five films.

When Will We Know?

Barbara Broccoli previously stated in June 2022 that no one was being considered for the role and suggested it would be at least two years before a new Bond graced the screen. Considering it’s now 2024, they should be actively engaged in casting, per their own timeline.

Who’s Being Considered?

Numerous names have been tossed into the ring, including James Norton, Damson Idris, Tom Hardy, Henry Cavill, Regé-Jean Page, Richard Madden, and now Aaron Taylor-Johnson. While speculation runs rampant, no official announcements have been made.

There has been debate about whether a woman could take on the role, but Barbara Broccoli has expressed skepticism about a gender swap, affirming that Bond is inherently male. Ana de Armas, who appeared in “No Time to Die,” echoed this sentiment, advocating for more substantial female roles within the franchise rather than changing the character of Bond himself.

As the hunt for the next James Bond continues, fans eagerly await official confirmation of who will carry on the legacy of this beloved cinematic icon.  Source: Entertainment Weekly

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