James Bond: Former favourite to replace Daniel Craig announces ‘I don’t want to anymore’

James Bond fans are eagerly awaiting confirmation as to who will replace Daniel Craig as 007 but there’s one actor who’s ruled himself out. Back in 2015, Damien Lewis was the bookies’ favourite to be named the next Bond, dominating the race ahead of the likes of Idris Elba, Henry Cavill and Tom Hardy. At the time, William Hill had him priced as short as 6/4 to get the role.

Now, however, the Homeland star doesn’t even want the coveted part.

In a recent interview with GQ, Lewis said the furore surrounding rumours he could take over had “subsided”.

“And I don’t want to play James Bond anymore,” he announced.

“If someone had asked me 10 years ago, that might have been a different matter. But I don’t have that sort of ambition now.”



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Lewis went on to explain why the part wasn’t suited to him at this point in his career, insisting he didn’t fancy the long, gruelling shooting schedules involved in the ambitious action movies.

“I don’t want to go travelling off around the world for eight months of the year and play one character for the next 10 years,” he told the publication.

“And I think I’d be the oldest new James Bond cast, maybe after Roger Moore,” he noted. “Or maybe even older than Roger Moore.

“So, you know, I don’t think it’s a problem. I don’t think it’s something I have to think about.”


In fact, Moore was 45 when he was first cast in Live and Let Die in 1973 and Lewis is now 49.

Lewis did admit his name being a former frontrunner for the job was “exciting” several years ago, but insisted it’s “not going to happen”.

In recent times, Lewis has drifted down the list when it comes to the bookies’ favourites to play Bond.

Happy Valley and McMafia star James Norton is the current frontrunner in pole position at 2/1 to replace Craig.


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Hot on his heels is Outlander’s Sam Heughan, priced at 3/1, while Tom Hiddleston is still in the running on 5/1.

Hardy, whose name has long been bandied about when it comes to the 007 job, is also a contender at 6/1.

Poldark actor Aidan Turner and Bodyguard star Richard Madden are also both priced at 6/1.

Craig previously announced he was “done” with Bond after the last film Spectre.

Back in 2015 he said he would “rather slash [his] wrists” than reprise the role for a fifth time.

However, a juicy plot proposed by executive producer Barbara Broccoli roped him back in for one final outing.

The Bond stalwart will make his last appearance as the iconic spy in No Time To Die later this year.

The movie’s release was delayed by seven months due to the coronavirus crisis.

No Time To Die is released in UK cinemas November 12.

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