Back in December, fans began to speculate that the Bridgerton star might become the next 007 after he tweeted a famous Bond reference. Page shared a promotional clip from the Netflix series and wrote, “Regency, royalty. Shaken and stirred.” (This, as Bond fans would know, is how the secret spy prefers his martini.).
‘Bridgerton’ Star Regé-Jean Page Responds to James Bond Casting Rumors
Naturally, the actor became a popular contender for the famous role, and according to the Ladbrokes list of James Bond frontrunners, Page's odds of replacing Daniel Craig have moved from 40/1 to 5/1. Talk about impressive.
Alex Apati, a Ladbrokes representative, told Variety, "Tom Hardy still leads the way as favorite, with James Norton close behind in second place. But it really is all to play for in the race for 007 and RJP has a great chance if the odds are anything to go by."
However, while Page is flattered by the recognition, he claims the rumors aren’t true (at least not yet). During a virtual appearance on The Tonight Show, he said, "I think the internet thinks a lot of things, and that's one of the more pleasant ones, so I can please as far as that goes."
He continued, "I think there might be an element of cultural translation to be done here. Like if you're a Brit and you do something of any kind of renowned that people regard well, then people start saying the 'B' word [Bond]. It's like a merit badge, like the 'B' word merit badge."
The actor is in great company, considering other stars like Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston and James Norton are also in the running. But for now, the British actor is keeping his focus on Netflix's Bridgerton.
With a whopping eight-season run in the works, it sounds like Page already has his hands full.
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