As Daniel Craig gets ready to bow out as James Bond in No Time To Die later this month, speculation continues to be rife over who will be the next 007. The current bookies’ favourite is Regé-Jean Page, the rising star of Bridgerton who is taking Hollywood by storm. And now he’s been backed to take up the Licence to Kill next by former Bond Pierce Brosnan.
Brosnan, the star of four Bond movies in GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day was asked his opinion of Page playing 007 after Craig.
Speaking with ET Online while promoting his new movie Cinderella, the 68-year-old said: “Good luck, good luck. I think he would be wonderful.”
Addressing the next Bond speculation surrounding himself, Page told GQ recently: “Well, of all the things you’ll read about yourself on the internet, it’s one of the more pleasant and more flattering. But I take it and leave it at that, personally.”
According to Ladbrokes, he is the favourite in the latest odds on 6-4. While just behind the 31-year-old is Tom Hardy on 3-1, James Norton on 4-1 and Idris Elba, Luke Evans and Richard Madden on 8-1.
Then in 1973, Roger Moore was cast as 007 and starred in a record seven Bond movies from Live and Let Die to 1985’s A View To A Kill.
While in 1983 Connery played 007 for a seventh outing in the unofficial Thunderball remake Never Say Never Again.
Next up was Timothy Dalton with 1987’s The Living Daylights and 1989’s Licence To Kill, before a six-year post-Cold War gap in the series.
He was followed by Brosnan in his four movies before the franchise was rebooted with Craig in 2006’s Casino Royale. The incumbent 007 is now set to star in his fifth and final Bond movie No Time To Die, which hits UK cinemas on September 30, 2021.