Who is the new Bond... James Bond?

Who is the new Bond... James Bond?

James Norton reveals the truth about the James Bond rumors

Every so often rumors about a new James Bond starts making the rounds. The latest actor to get his name in the mix is British actor James Norton. According to a recent Daily Mail article, he may have actually been shortlisted for the role.

James Bond (Twitter)

The 32-year-old star is currently starring in BBC’s big-budget New Year drama McMafia, in which he will be seen sporting tuxedos, emerging from the sea in swimming trunks, getting cozy with glamorous women and going after mafia bosses. Sounds similar to someone?

James Norton is pictured arriving at the Jameson Empire Awards at Grosvenor House on March 24, 2013 in London, England.  (Getty Images)

He clearly already has the makings of James Bond, and James had already teased that his latest TV role will "stir" the rumors about him joining the franchise. The actor had, in fact, warned the makers of McMafia that putting him in a tuxedo in the very first scene of the show would add fuel to the fire.

James Norton attends the Esquire Townhouse with Dior party at No 11 Carlton House Terrace on October 11, 2017 in London, England.  (Getty Images)

In the show, James plays a Russian banker who is trying to escape his family's mafia legacy. He reportedly went through Russian martial arts training to get into the character. Elaborating on the grueling experience James said that his Systema trainer would alternate between holding his over James' mouth until he spasms and punch him for hours so as to prepare him to cope with pain.

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James Norton attends the GQ Men Of The Year Awards at the Tate Modern on September 5, 2017 in London, England.  (Getty Images)

"Part of my preparation for Alex and getting into the head of his Russian-ness...I went to these classes, genuine martial art classes and they have them in London," he had said during an interview at the preview screening. He quoted his coach as saying, "The thing about English people, when they meet fear they run away. In Russia when we meet fear we shake him by the f***ing hand." 

All this for a TV role? Could it be that this show amounts to something a lot bigger? James Bond, may be? Could the show itself have been an audition for James Bond? 

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James Norton (Twitter)

As fans know, Daniel Craig is the current James Bond, will soon leave the franchise. James has been rumored to take on the mantle when that happens. However, James claims that the multi-million-pound drama is actually not an audition.

Daniel Craig poses as James Bond. (Getty Images)

"To be honest...I am personally very grateful that Daniel Craig is going to do at least one more, maybe two, or five," James said, putting all rumors ot rest, at least for now.

James Norton (Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Hugh Jackman just recently revealed that he had turned down the role of James Bond so as to do his latest musical project. He was indeed referring to The Greatest Showman, an original musical, which also featured the likes of Zac Efron, Zendaya and Michelle Williams.

The Greatest Showman is Hugh Jackman's dream project (Facebook)

The Wolverine actor had revealed that he was so overcome with emotions for one particular song that he even ignored his doctor's orders to go ahead and with the project. “"So I was like, ‘Don’t worry I’m not going to risk that, I’m just going to speak it and someone else will sing it... But the emotion of the song and the moment took over me." 

So, it seems like neither of the talented stars James or Hugh is not associated with James Bond. But, there is one person who wishes he was and is more or less making a musical vision board to make it happen.

Ed Sheeran speaks onstage at Billboard Women In Music 2017 at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 30, 2017 in Hollywood. (Getty Images)

The singer-songwriter who recently appeared on The Late Late Show recently spoke about his "abnormalities." He pointed out to the fact that he already has a theme song prepared for James Bond just in case they ask him to do it, to prove his point. 


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