Idris Elba and Tom Hiddleston were among the names linked to the new James Bond movie but it seems that an Irish actor has pipped them all to the post.
Daniel Craig confirmed earlier this year that he would not be returning as 007 and speculation has since been rife over who will take over the iconic role.
Betting has now been suspended by Boyle Sports after thousands of wagers were placed on Poldark actor Aidan Turner being announced as Craig’s replacement.
According to Goss.ie, the flurry of activity has hinted that the Clondalkin man could have already signed on the dotted line to take over as Bond.
“The next James Bond market was all one way traffic for Aidan Turner over the past 24 hours and punters could not get enough of him,” said a spokesperson for Boyle Sports.
Turner shot to fame for his role in BBC’s Poldark last year but it was apparently his appearance as the suave Philip Lombard in drama And Then There Were None that caught the eye of Bond producers.
It was reported back in March that he had been flown to LA by producers for “preliminary talks” but speaking backstage at the BAFTAs, the actor dismissed the claims.
“No, it’s just rumours. I don’t know anything about it.”
We’ll just have to wait and see but it certainly wouldn’t be the first time that an Irish actor was at the helm of the 007 franchise, with Navan man Pierce Brosnan previously playing Bond in Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day.