Could Tom Bateman be the next James Bond?
A new name has been tossed into the ring to take over as Bond after Daniel Craig exits.
Today on Good Morning Britain, Beecham House star Tom Bateman was asked if he would take on the role of James Bond.
Bateman’s response was opaque, saying: “I don’t think there’s an actor alive who would say no that.”
He added: “As soon as you put any British actor in a tux people start to go…” Bateman trailed off, nodding knowingly.
Bateman was born in 1989 and joined the National Youth Theatre before enrolling at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
His recent film roles have included Cold Pursuit and Murder on the Orient Express.
In the former title, Bateman starred alongside Liam Neeson and was also in the room for Neeson’s confessional interview.
Even with the recent publicity, Bateman hasn’t made the cut according to oddsmakers.
OddsChecker.com lists the top 10 contenders as Richard Madden, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, James Norton, Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy, Damian Lewis, Aidan Turner, Any female, and Henry Cavill.
Beecham House is ITV’s latest drama which tells the story of a former soldier in the East India Company, played by Bateman.
He arrives at a mansion determined to leave the past behind him and start a new life, but he carries in his arms a secret – a baby of mixed parentage who must be kept in hiding.
The current James Bond movie has hit snag after snag on its way to the cinema.
Bond 25 has already seen a number of shooting delays, from Craig’s ankle injury to the accidental stunt explosion at Pinewood Studios.
A source told The Sun: “Filming was supposed to finish in September but the cast and crew have been told it’s been pushed back to late October, possibly early November due to Daniel’s injury and the set explosion.
“But they still need to find a time for Daniel and Rami [Malek] to film together.
“You can’t have a Bond film where 007 doesn’t come face to face with the villain so it’s a complete nightmare logistically.
“They are looking at the whole schedule again now and doing everything they can to make it work, but production is going to have to over-run even further now.”
Bond 25 is out in cinemas on April 3, 2020.