James Bond actor: Would Sam Heughan play 007? ‘Delighted’

Outlander’s Sam Heughan reveals who he’s named after

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James Bond bets have been flooding in for a long while since Daniel Craig handed in his 007 badge and gun. While various names have been in the mix, one has become particularly of interest in recent weeks: Sam Heughan. The Scottish actor has tried to prove his action credentials in new movie SAS: Red Notice – but would he take on the role?

Sam Heughan has expressed his ‘delight’ at the idea of taking on the role of James Bond, and even admitted to having tried out for the role some time ago.

Speaking to Radio Times, Sam said: “Obviously it’s a dream for every actor. I auditioned for it back when they were doing Bond 21 when Daniel Craig was cast in Casino Royale and I think a lot of actors were seen in the UK.

“Of course it would be a dream role and a Scottish Bond, who doesn’t want to see another Scottish Bond!”

He did not just do the audition, however, but he even met one of the key producers of the franchise, Barbara Broccoli, whose father Cubby started the movie franchise with Dr No back in 1962.

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Sam said of this meeting: “I met Barbara Broccoli and [Casino Royale director] Martin Campbell. I did a scene and they had the gun from The Man with the Golden Gun on the table and I remember thinking, ‘Wow, this is incredible’.

“It was surreal. He’s a character we’ve all grown up with.

“I don’t think any actor would ever say no. If I was asked to audition for it, I would be delighted.”

In a new interview this week with Esquire, Sam even took the time to mention James Bond in relation to his new movie, SAS: Red Notice, meaning it may be he has hopes for the role being sent his way.

He said, when talking about his character who might be considered a psychopath: “If they need to be charming, like maybe James Bond, you know, he could be more charming.

“It’s very much about them being able to just manipulate their emotions and turn them on and turn them off…

“I think any actor would never say they’re not interested. Of course, you’d be interested…. he’s (Bond) a great character, and would certainly be a fascinating character study and place to kick off.”

Speaking to GQ, the great MI6 agent came up again, with Sam speaking of how another Scottish Bond would be a brilliant thing to do.

He said of playing Bond with his own accent: “I think that’d be interesting, wouldn’t it? I suppose he does have Scottish ties, which we know about [from Skyfall].

“I don’t think he should be posh English. He could probably do anything, if he’s Bond. He could fit in anywhere.”

Sam spent a while speaking about the various movies and the evolution of the character at this point, showing he clearly knows his James Bond trivia, or could be trying to learn as much as possible before an audition.

According to Coral, these mentions of Bond in interviews could be the reason for a spike in the betting in his favour.

The bookmakers said: “Sam Heughan is clearly quite keen on replacing Daniel Craig as the next 007.

“Our betting suggests the Scottish actor is amongst the favourites for the role after No Time To Die.”

The bookmakers cut the odds on Sam Heughan playing the next James Bond to 4/1 from 7/1, while Tom Hardy remains the favourite at ½ and James Norton sits at 5/2.

Betway, while still holding Sam’s odds at 7/1, has also commented on the way actors have mentioned the role in interviews, perhaps as a way to put themselves out there to producers.

The bookmakers said: “Rumours have been swirling about Daniel Craig’s replacement as 007, with actors dropping hints as they vie for the coveted role.”

For Betway betters, Tom Hardy has 2/1 odds while James Norton, Henry Cavill, Rege-Jean Page and Idris Elba have odds of 5/2, 3/1, 5/1 and 7/1 respectively.

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