"I'm just the current one. There'll be a different one next week."
Bodyguard star Richard Madden has discussed rumours that he’s in line to take over from Daniel Craig as James Bond.
The Game of Thrones actor was touted as a possible contender for 007 after thrilling BBC viewers in the role of beleaguered bodyguard Sergeant David Budd earlier this year.
But while he says the speculation is “flattering”, he’s not entirely convinced that he’ll be donning an iconic tux any time soon.
“This is what happens with all these shows, like Tom Hiddleston in The Night Manager,” he told GQ.
“Then there’s the next one. I’m the next one. Everyone just loves the rumour mill on that topic. I’m just the current one. There’ll be a different one next week.”
Despite remaining coy over his chances, Madden insisted that it’s “lovely” to be a name in the mix.
“I’m more than flattered to be mentioned, for people to consider putting me in that role,” he said.
“I’m very flattered and thankful. It’s a really brilliant thing to be in.”
Meanwhile, it was recently claimed that Madden’s breathtaking performance in Bodyguard had attracted the attention of Bond boss Barbara Broccoli, according to The Daily Mail. The paper claimed sources have shared that it’s “seriously looking like he [Madden] is going to get the job.”