Tom Hiddleston is in ‘advanced talks’ to play James Bond

Bookmakers previously suspended bets on the star taking the role

Tom Hiddleston is reportedly in talks to take over as the next James Bond, according to sources close to the actor.

Current Bond actor Daniel Craig is yet to confirm his departure from the iconic role, but previous reports claimed that the actor had turned down a £68 million offer to stay on as the spy – after he previously said he would rather “slash my wrists” than reprise the role.

But now Birth Movies Death reports that discussions have now ramped up with Hiddleston, and he is now in ‘advanced talks’ to take over from Craig.

The report also mentions how Hiddleston had previously spoken of his interest in the role during an appearance on The Graham Norton show, but adds that no official deal has been agreed with the actor.

Hiddleston was initially touted as a replacement for Craig after he played a super-spy in BBC series The Night Manager – with bookmakers later suspending odds on the actor taking the role.

But a curveball could yet come in the form of Billy Elliot star Jamie Bell – who has also been touted as a surprise replacement for Daniel Craig.

A source told The Sun: “Barbara has been a fan of Jamie for a long time and has even thought about him playing another role in the franchise before.

“Everyone remembers Jamie as the little boy in Billy Elliott, but he’s now bulked up and got some serious roles under his belt.”