Aaron Taylor-Johnson: Actor set to replace Daniel Craig in iconic Bond role revealed

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Daniel Craig as James Bond 007 in Casino Royale.
Daniel Craig as James Bond 007 in Casino Royale. Credit: Unknown/Supplied

It’s one of the most iconic acting gigs going, made famous by the likes of Sean Connery and Daniel Craig.

Now a new actor is set to take on the role of James Bond with reports actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson has been made an official offer.

A story in The Sun quotes insiders who say the Marvel actor is set to play M16’s favourite spy.

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“Bond is Aaron’s job, should he wish to accept it. The formal offer is on the table and they are waiting to hear back,” a source said.

“As far as Eon is concerned, Aaron is going to sign his contract in the coming days and they can start preparing for the big announcement.”

Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Aaron Taylor-Johnson is reported to be the next James Bond. Credit: Supplied

The next film in the Bond franchise is set to start production this year after being delayed due to last year’s Hollywood writers’ strikes.

It’s believed Taylor-Johnson beat the likes of Oscar-winning Cillian Murphy, Idris Elba, Henry Cavill and James Norton for the role.

The 33-year-old, best known for his portrayal as the lead character in Kick-Ass and Marvel character Pietro Maximoff in Avengers: Age of Ultron, reportedly told media last week about how he felt stepping into Bond’s shoes.

“I find it charming and wonderful that people see me in that role. I take it as a great compliment,” he said.

Taylor-Johnson’s acting career kicked off in the 2000s with The Apocalypse alongside Richard Harris.

He has also appeared in the 2008 teenage heartthrob movie Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging and Bullet Train with Brad Pitt in 2022.

Insiders also told The Sun the British star’s Golden Globe win for best-supporting actor in the 2016 thriller Nocturnal Animals helped him get the role.

“Aaron may not be the best known in his field but he is an incredibly talented actor. His role in Nocturnal Animals showed his depth as an actor. He is the perfect person to play Bond and will pick up well from where Daniel left off.”

The iconic spy series ended with a mind-blowing finale No Time To Die in which Bond was seemingly killed so it will be interesting to see what narrative is played out in the next film and where Taylor-Johnson will reportedly take the character.

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