It must be pretty hard to be the current Bond actor. All you hear about is who’s going to take over when you’re too old and frail to play the role anymore.

It would be like your girlfriend swiping on Tinder, getting ready for when she inevitably get bored of you or, more realistically, using your laptop to search for a new laptop.

50-year-old Daniel Craig is gearing up to make his fifth and final James Bond film, and while he’s had a fantastic run, marred only by Quantum of Solace really, people were constantly speculating over who would be next to don the PPK.

Idris Elba was the name who come up the most, but at the age of 46, he’s probably too old to revitalise the franchise – not to say he wouldn’t do a fantastic job for a couple of films though.

James Norton was also mentioned a good few times, but there was never really much conviction behind those claims, and things went quiet for a while again.

But then BBC’s Bodyguard came out, and people started noticing how good Richard Madden looked wearing a suit and defending Britain from external threats.

Previously, we only really knew him as Robb Stark, the courageous battler, leader of the North and womaniser so really, it seems like he’s perfect for the role of Bond, and the casting directors apparently agree.

As The Mail On Sunday have it, Bond Producers are seriously gearing up to offer Madden the role, with an insider informing the newspaper that Barbara Broccoli is getting ready for it. They said:

It’s seriously looking like he [Madden] is going to get the job. Not only is he on top of Barbara’s list, but she is preparing to offer the role.

Came out of nowhere, didn’t it?

Personally, I’m not convinced with the acting chops of any of these Game of Thrones kids. They’re all just pretty good and being hot whilst brooding.

Emilia Clarke hasn’t impressed in anything outside of the show and neither has Kit Harrington, Sophie Turner or Finn Jones. Richard Madden’s probably the best of the lot of them, but he still just does the whole stoic, emotionally unavailable thing that’s famously the easiest way to act.

But maybe I’m being harsh.

If he does get the role of Bond, it would be interesting to see where he goes with it; whether he goes English like most Bonds before him, or keeps his Scottish accent as an homage to Sean Connery.

I think we can all agree though, thank god it’s not going to be Tom Hardy.

Only time will tell…

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