Irish star Aidan Turner is reportedly in talks to take over from Daniel Craig as the lead figure in the iconic James Bond movie series.
The Dublin-born actor has previously starred in the likes of The Hobbit (as Kili), and in TV shows Being Human, Poldark and Desperate Romantics.
The Mirror reports that Turner has flown to Los Angeles to hold further discussions about taking over from Craig, following some previous ‘preliminary’ talks.
Current Bond star Craig was reportedly set to call time on the Bond career as recently as three weeks ago, with Craig’s friends Mark Strong saying:
“I’d have loved to have played the villain in a Bond movie while Daniel was doing it because he’s a pal and that would have been great.”
He continued: “But I think he’s come to the end of his Bond time and so it’s probably never going to happen… I think he feels like he’s mined it. He’s done what he wants with it. He has been [wonderful] and he’s loved it.”
The Mirror also reports that Poldark producer Karen Thrussel teased the idea when Turner was absent from the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards in London last week. She’s reported to have said: “I am sure it is nothing to do with James Bond, but we will see…”
View an interview with Turner, focusing on his time as the lead in Poldark, via YouTube below:
Idris Elba and Tom Hardy are amongst those also being touted as possible Bond replacements, while not everyone is convinced that Craig will actually quit the role straight away. Most commentators expect Craig to complete one more Bond movie after 2015’s Spectre before handing over the role, taking his total Bond appearances to five.
Tom Hiddleston also recently dropped hints about his interest in the role, saying:
“I’m a huge fan of the series. We all went to see Spectre when we were shooting Skull Island in Hawaii. I simply love the theme tune, the tropes and the mythology. I love the whole thing. If it ever came knocking, it would be an extraordinary opportunity.”
He added: “And I’m very aware of the physicality of the job. I would not take it lightly.”