Oh, James! Nor­ton keen to be 007 – but says Dan is the man...

Irish Daily Mail - - The Red Carpet -

HE’S one of the ac­tors tipped to be the next James Bond – and James Nor­ton has hinted he’d be in­ter­ested in the role, say­ing he’s pleased to be ‘part of the whole con­ver­sa­tion’. The War And Peace star, 31, also ad­mit­ted he was a ‘great fan’ of Daniel Craig, say­ing he ‘self­ishly’ hopes the cur­rent 007 does an­other two or three Bond films.

When ques­tioned about the Bond ru­mours on ITV’s This Morn­ing, James said: ‘It’s lovely to be part of the whole con­ver­sa­tion.’

The ac­tor, pic­tured be­low, is set to star in his first stu­dio movie – the new Flat­lin­ers film, out later this year – along­side Kiefer Suther­land and Ellen Page.

Speak­ing about making the tran­si­tion from TV to films, James said: ‘It’s my first foray into the stu­dio world. I went to Toronto to film it. It was a daunt­ing prospect be­cause every­one knows and loves the film.’

Look­ing ahead to the new se­ries of Grantchester, which be­gins this Sun­day on UTV at 9pm, James said he has more sim­i­lar­i­ties to his char­ac­ter Sid­ney than to Tommy from Happy Val­ley, whom he also plays.

He said: ‘Sid­ney is closer to me. It’s chal­leng­ing to play some­one just like you. You learn a lot about your­self. Sid­ney spends a lot of time think­ing, pray­ing.’

James emerged as one of the favourites to take over from Daniel Craig last sum­mer, join­ing the likes of Tom Hid­dle­ston, Idris Elba, Ai­dan Turner and Tom Hardy.

Ear­lier this month, it was sug­gested Craig, 49, was ‘poised’ to reprise the role and make his fifth Bond film. An in­sider re­vealed to Page Six that the ac­tor had been hav­ing talks with fran­chise pro­ducer Bar­bara Broc­coli. The source said: ‘Now Daniel’s talks with Bar­bara are go­ing in the right di­rec­tion.

‘They have a script – screen­writ­ing duo Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are writ­ing – and they’ll go into pro­duc­tion as soon as Daniel is ready to com­mit.

‘Plus, Bar­bara Broc­coli doesn’t like Tom Hid­dle­ston, he’s a bit too smug and not tough enough to play James Bond.’

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