No Time To Die is due for release in September this year, ushering Daniel Craig out of the James Bond role he has played for 15 years. The 007 character has a number of British stars clambering to jump into the tuxedo, with the odds backing three actors in particular. The new leader of the pack is Regé-Jean Page, who rose to fame as the heartthrob Duke Hastings in Netflix show Bridgerton.
Page has now spoken out about the chances of him playing 007 in a future film after Craig steps down.
Speaking to The Mirror, the actor was questioned over the rumours to which he said: “Ah, the B word.
“I think that if you are British and you do anything of note, that other people take notice of, then people will start talking about that.
“I think that’s fairly normal and I’m flattered to be in the category of Brits that people have noticed.”
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Page added: “Nothing more – or less – than that.”
The 31-year-old also referenced the coronavirus pandemic, saying: “I think the concept of having plans in this moment in history is mildly hilarious. So I’ve given up on making them.”
The actor recently became the favourite for Bond following new odds from Ladbrokes.
The bookies have slashed his odds to a staggering 6/4, leapfrogging longtime favourites Tom Hardy and James Norton.
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Hardy and Norton currently have an impressive 3/1 and have maintained the top spots for the last year.
The booking agent’s Alex Apati commented: “Rege-Jean Page is storming away in the Bond betting and it won’t be long until he’s odds-on to replace Daniel Craig at this rate.”
Page’s latest comments about becoming the hero echo the sentiments he gave while speaking to Jimmy Fallon in January.
The British-Zimbabwean star said: “If you’re a Brit and you do something of any kind of renown that people regard well, people are going to start saying the B word. It’s like a merit badge! I’m very glad to have the badge.”
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Page continued: “I’m very glad to be in the company of such people who have the badge, but it’s just a badge.
“Bridgerton is the only B word I am allowed to say. I am not going to talk about the other B words!”
Since then it has been announced Page will not be returning to Bridgerton for its highly-anticipated second season.
An announcement on Netflix’s social media accounts read: “Dear Readers, while all eyes turn to Lord Anthony Bridgerton’s quest to find a Viscountess, we bid adieu to Regé-Jean Page, who so triumphantly played the Duke of Hastings. We’ll miss Simon’s presence onscreen, but he will always be a part of the Bridgerton family. Daphne will remain a devoted wife and sister, helping her brother navigate the upcoming social season and what it has to offer – more intrigue and romance than my readers may be able to bear. Yours truly, Lady Whistledown.”
Page responded to the news on his own Twitter account, replying: “Pleasure and a privilege!
“An honour to be a member of the family – on and off screen, cast, crew and incredible fans – the love is real and will just keep growing.”
The Hollywood Reporter has since reported Page was offered a recurring part in season two of the hit show, where he would reprise his role for three to five episodes.
They claimed the British star was offered $50,000 per episode, but he turned it down.
Could he have declined a return because he’s already in talks with Bond producers?
James Bond No Time To Die is due for release on September 30, 2021.
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