Sam Heughan wants to be the next James Bond

Gregory Wakeman
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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 10:  Sam Heughan arrives for the Premiere Of Sony Pictures' "Bloodshot"  held at The Regency Village on March 10, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 10: Sam Heughan arrives for the Premiere Of Sony Pictures' "Bloodshot" held at The Regency Village on March 10, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)

Sam Heughan has confirmed his interest in one day playing James Bond.

The 40-year-old Scottish actor, who shot to fame because of his leading role in the historical drama Outlander, has previously been linked with the hugely coveted role.

During his recent interview with Australia’s Daily Telegraph, Heughan was asked whether or not he would want to replace Daniel Craig as 007, and he unsurprisingly responded with, "Obviously, yes - it would be a big yes.”

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“Of course, any actor would want it. But I also have a theory that any reasonably well-known British actor who's worn a suit instantly has their name thrown into the ring by fans."

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Heughan is far from the only actor to be linked with the role. Tom Hardy, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, James Norton, Richard Madden, and Jack Lowden have all been suggested as the lead for the beloved franchise.

Daniel Craig as James Bond (Universal Pictures)
Daniel Craig as James Bond (Universal Pictures)

If Heughan is cast he will be the first Scottish actor to play Bond since Sean Connery, who is widely regarded as the definitive version of the character, and sadly passed away on October 31 at the age of 90.

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Connery played Bond five times between 1962 and 1967 in Dr No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, and You Only Live Twice, before returning for 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever and then 1983’s Never Say Never Again.