'Bridgerton's' Regé-Jean Page Is Favorite to Be the Next James Bond | 22 Words

New year... New James Bond! Daniel Craig announced that the newest 2021 movie, No Time To Die, will be his last stint as the 007 agent, leaving just one question... Who will be playing the next 007?

There have been many speculations over the gender and race of the next James Bond but now, one major actor has been tipped as the new favorite...

Now, James Bond is an iconic figure.

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The 007 agent dates all the way back to 1953 after a series of books were created and published by British author, Ian Fleming.

Fleming went on to write twelve 007 novels...

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And when he died in 1964, his legacy of work was recognized and was to be later adapted onto the big screen... creating the James Bond that we all know and love to this day.

The first Bond movie came in 1962...

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Dr. No saw the late Sean Connery step into the shoes of James Bond, and he played the role of the 007 agent for 7 of the movies, including From Russia With Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), and Diamonds Are Forever (1971).

The next James Bond would be David Niven.

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Niven only starred in one of the movies, Casino Royale, in 1967 and he passed over the tuxedo to George Lazenby in 1969.

After Lazenby's few years as the 007 agent...

Iconic Hollywood actors such as Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, and Pierce Brosnan went on to play the role.

Daniel Craig took on the role of a lifetime back in 2006...

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His first stint as Bond was in the reboot of Casino Royale, and despite starring in only 4 Bond movies, Craig has become the longest-serving 007 agent for fourteen years.

The entire world very quickly fell in love with Craig...

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And it's really not hard to see why.

He has become the face of the iconic franchise...

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And No Time To Die, which will be coming this year, will be Craig's fifth movie as the superstar agent.

But Craig made an announcement last year...

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And that was that this will be his last ever movie as James Bond.

He is officially retiring from the undercover spy life...

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And that left us with just one question... who will replace him?

Fans quickly began speculating...

And a lot of people began pitching the idea that the next James Bond should be a woman.

It is 2021, after all...

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But a lot of people were strongly against the idea of changing the gender of James Bond's character after being such a significant figure for 6 decades.

Craig's wife even had her say...

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“Why not create your own story rather than jumping onto the shoulders and being compared to all those other male predecessors?" Rachel Weisz said in a 2018 interview. “Women are really fascinating and interesting, and should get their own stories."

So, the idea of a female Bond was looking very much off the cards.

But it has to be said that the actors who have played the 007 agent in the past have all lacked one thing... and that's diversity.

It is very noticeable...

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All of the James Bond actors have been white, and many are hoping for this to be changed for the next movie.

007 producer Barbara Broccoli previously gave us an insight into this problem...

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Broccoli and fellow Bond producer Michael G. Wilson told Variety that the search for the next Bond was put on hold as the team were focused on finishing No Time to Die.

Broccoli is certain of one thing.

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"He can be of any color, but he is male," she explained. She believes that women are far more interesting than taking on a male character, saying: "I believe we should be creating new characters for women - strong female characters. I’m not particularly interested in taking a male character and having a woman play it. I think women are far more interesting than that."

Broccoli has always believed in this...

Speaking to The Guardian back in 2018, she said, "Bond is male. He’s a male character. He was written as a male and I think he’ll probably stay as a male."

Why not just create more female characters?

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"And that’s fine. We don’t have to turn male characters into women. Let’s just create more female characters and make the story fit those female characters," she went on to say.

Well, there have been many rumors over who will be taking over the reins from Craig...

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And for fans, it's a big deal. After all, they're very big shoes to fill.

One of the biggest contenders is Richard Madden.

The actor and star of BBC's nail-biting drama, Bodyguard,  has really gotten people talking recently, including Broccoli herself. In fact, at the time, The Daily Mail even reported: “Bond bosses are on the brink of approaching the Bodyguard star."

And then another name was thrown into the mix...

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As John Boyega expressed his interest.

But now, there's been another new favorite tipped for the role.

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It's none other than the star of the Netflix hit series, Bidgerton's, Regé-Jean Page. And fans are very excited about it...

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Page shot to fame following the show's release on Netflix just 2 weeks ago...

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And with 63 million households having watched Bridgerton so far, there's no wonder fans are calling for him to take on the big role. As reported by the Daily Mail, gambling company Ladbrokes places Regé-Jean as more likely to take the part than Jamie Bell and Chris Hemsworth, while he is neck-and-neck with Michael Fassbender.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "Regé-Jean Page has shot up the betting and is now firmly considered a frontrunner in the race to replace Daniel Craig as 007."

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The star recently gave fans a taste of what he could be like in the role as he took to Twitter to quote a famous phrase.

Page wrote, "Regency, royalty. Shaken and stirred."

We think it suits him!

What do you think of Page in the role?

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