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Actor James Norton dons 007-style tuxedo as he says Bond rumours are ‘exciting and flattering’


JAMES Norton dons a 007-style tuxedo as he admits that he’s taken but not stirred over the latest James Bond rumours.

The McMafia and Trial of Christine Keeler actor, 34, looked very dapper as he attended the Dunhill and Dylan Jones pre-BAFTAS party, in the city with his actress partner, Imogen Poots, 30.

 James Norton dons a 007-style tuxedo as he admits that he’s taken but not stirred over the latest James Bond rumours

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James Norton dons a 007-style tuxedo as he admits that he’s taken but not stirred over the latest James Bond rumoursCredit: Getty Images – Getty

There has been almost two years of frenzied speculation over the new Bond, with actors including Richard Madden and Idris Elba being linked to the role.

A spokeswoman for Ladbrokes confirmed that McMafia and Grantchester star James was 4-5 favourite to get the coveted gig and said it had halted betting.

It is unknown if a mooted two-year, £40million contract has formally been signed.

But it is understood that producer Eon Productions could make the announcement once the latest Bond movie, released in April, has finished its cinema run.

 Actor James Norton is the hot favourite as producers prefer a Brit to play the iconic role

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Actor James Norton is the hot favourite as producers prefer a Brit to play the iconic roleCredit: Getty Images – Getty

A source said: “Numerous meetings and secret squirrel script readings were had at the back end of last year.

“James has always been in the frame but until four months ago there were no concrete moves.

“Producers wanted a Brit and James ticks all the boxes — tall, strapping, physically fit and, of course, looks great in a dinner jacket.

The star, who is hotly tipped to replace Daniel Craig, 51, as the new 007, said: “I’ve said it many times; the word I use about this is just bizarre.

“I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t exciting and flattering.”

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Bond star Daniel Craig is set to retire from the role after his next outing as the spyCredit: Handout
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