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As new details start to surface surrounding the next instalment of the James Bond franchise, No Time To Die, we have begun to farewell 51-year-old Daniel Craig as he plans to hang up the pistol and suit following the new release. After announcing his departure from the epic film series, the speculations ensued over his predecessor.

In the midst of awards season this year, Idris Elba banished suggestions he would play the next 007 star. Henry Cavill was prepared to take on the role, and as press promotion took off for the forthcoming ‘Bond 25’ film, Lashana Lynch was rumoured to be the next Bond to reportedly step into a ‘young’ M16 code. While Robert Pattinson steps into his role as the latest Batman, he too was suggested to play the international spy. Keeping up? Good. Now, Harry Styles has put up his hand to star in the next film.

During an interview with the UK’s Hits Radio, the music sensation-cum-star actor was asked if he’d say yes to front the iconic 007 character. “Yeah, I mean, who wouldn’t?” he replied. “I grew up watching those. You know, I loved him when I was a kid. So I think it’s kind of everyone’s dream a little bit, right?”

Recently, Styles missed out on the lead role of Baz Lurhmann’s Elvis Presley biopic, but he was plucked as the apt face of Prince Eric in Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. At 27-years-old, it isn’t far off to think of Styles as the next Bond. Sean Connery was 32-years-old when he made his debut to the Bond name in 1962 and George Lazenby was 30. Bond films are released every three to four years and puts Harry Styles at 30 when the next film is due for production.

Daniel Craig has remained relatively quiet with the exception of an interview in April, where he suggested the next James Bond be open to different gender and races. “I think that ­everybody should be ­considered. Also for women and for African-Americans, there should be great parts anyway, across the board.” Soon after, he confirmed his views on a UK morning TV show further commenting, “I cannot see any reason why ultimately, a woman, a lady, a girl, cannot play the James Bond character.”

Meanwhile, No Time To Die is slated for release in April 2020. Tune into a sneak peek, below.

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