No Time To Die: Universal Pictures release brand new trailer
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It’s been six years since the last James Bond movie was released and after many delays, No Time To Die is due to hit UK cinemas on September 30. But speculation is always rife over who will be cast as the next 007. And one of the top bookies’ favourites in recent years has been James Norton, who famously channelled Bond’s black tie in the BBC’s McMafia.
Now in a new interview with Metro.co.uk, Norton praised the incumbent Bond.
The 35-year-old said: “I think Daniel Craig’s done an amazing job re-defining it for a modern era and it’s this human role in a really wonderful way.
“I think that’s great. I think it’d be short-sighted to not pay attention to [how the role] has changed and the shift we’ve experienced in society as well.
“Bringing on people like Phoebe Waller-Bridge as an adviser on the last film was very, very savvy and I’m really excited to see what she brings to it.”
Asked what he’d bring to the role if cast as the next Bond, Norton added: “I’m a type one diabetic. How cool would it be to have a diabetic Bond?
“It would be wonderful for all those diabetic kids out there to think even a type one diabetic could be Bond!
“Other than that, I’d leave it to Daniel and the writers to carry on the legacy.”
Despite his popularity, the McMafia star has tough competition in the odds from the likes of Tom Hardy and Regé-Jean Page.
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According to bookmakers Betway, Norton is on 4-1, Hardy on 3-1 and Page on 2-1.
The latter caught Bond fans attention last Christmas when he starred in Netflix period drama Bridgerton.
Earlier this week, Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson admitted that the 007 franchise’s future is “at a critical juncture” after Craig finishes with No Time To Die.
MGM, who produce the Bond movies, were recently acquired by Amazon in an $8.45 billion merger.
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In a statement to the New York Times, the Bond producers said: “[MGM chiefs Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy] understand that we are at a critical juncture and that the continuing success of the James Bond series is dependent on us getting the next iteration right and will give us the support we need to do this.
“Amazon has assured us that Bond will continue to debut in movie theatres.
“Our hope is that they will empower Mike and Pam to continue to run MGM unencumbered.”
No Time To Die hits UK cinemas on September 30, 2021.
READ THE METRO ARTICLE HERE
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