James Bond Execs Share Who The Next 007 Agent 'Should' Be

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Now that Daniel Craig's tenure as James Bond has come to a close, there's never been a more interesting time to be a leading actor in Hollywood.

That's because, over the past year or so, the internet has been awash with rumours of who will become the next 007. Richard Madden, Regé-Jean Page, Tom Hardy, Idris Elba, Henry Cavill, Emily Blunt and, despite significant uproar, Harry Styles have all been churned through the rumour mill — but, when it comes to a reliable tip-off nothing has rung clear.

One thing that is clear, however, is that the top-level executives know what they're after. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Bond producer Barbara Broccoli said, "I think it will be a man because I don’t think a woman should play James Bond. I believe in making characters for women and not just having women play men’s roles."

"I don’t think there are enough great roles for women, and it’s very important to me that we make movies for women about women. He should be British, so British can be any [ethnicity or race]."

Earlier this year, a clip of Game of Thrones and Eternals actor Richard Madden went viral, after he was quizzed by a reporter on the likelihood of becoming the next 007. The clip, below, shows Madden being asked "Would you like to play James Bond in [the] future?"

After the question, Madden is pulled away by (presumably) his publicity team, saying "we're going to move on from that," moments after the question was asked and before he could even speak a syllable. Previously, Madden had addressed the 007 rumours as "flattering" but considered them to be "just talk."

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