One of Yorkshire’s own could be set to be the new James Bond. That’s right. The infamous 00 agent is set to have an injection of God’s Own Country as James Norton odds to swoop in and take the position are looking more and more likely.
Daniel Craig stepped down from the role of 007 and ever since people have been wondering who the next actor will be to take on the role in one of the biggest movie franchises of all time.
Even though Bond 26 won’t go into production for many months, there are stories flying around about who will take over as Ian Fleming’s iconic character.
Happy Valley’s James Norton is no stranger to action with his character Tommy Lee Royce showing many of the hardman signs we’d expect from Bond.
The producers Broccoli and Michael G Wilson are expected to announce the new Bond this year. Names such as Henry Cavil and Tom Hardy have been mentioned frequently in the media, but it seems Norton could be expected to swoop in as the new bond.
Broccoli has stated he would like a male British actor with it being reported that Production company EON was only looking from male actors under 40 years of age and over 5’10 in height, both of which Norton is.
The Express reported that Ladbrokes Alex Apati said: “Punters are starting to think the name could be Norton… James Norton, and we’ve slashed the Happy Valley star’s odds as a result.”
Malton lad, Norton has odds of 5/1 to play 007, standing on the shoulder of giants such as Sean Connery, David Niven, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig to become the eighth actor to take on the career-defining role.
The odds see him moving past Bridgerton’s Rege-Jean Page on 6/1 and ahead of Tom Hardy on 8/1.
Norton previously had been given odds of 4/1 by William Hill with other roles including a tipsy vicar in Grantchester and a conman in Rogue Agent and in a mini-series, McMafia in which he wears a tux well-learned Martial art and spoke Russian, all of which would put him in good stead from the role of James Bond.
Not to mention, he’s a good-looking chap, even when he is playing a sociopathic killer.