Homeland's Damian Lewis set to become the next James Bond in place of Daniel Craig
(Damian Lewis: Damian Lewis has been given the nod he will be the next 007
Lewis, who also played Henry VIII in Wolf Hall, has been given “an unofficial nod” that he is the first choice if Craig quits the 007 movie role.
Craig, 47, has hinted he is ready to step down after the release of Spectre, his fourth Bond film, in November.
Luther star Idris Elba has long been tipped as Craig’s successor, making him the first black Bond.
But the Sunday Mirror has learned Lewis is in prime position to play the iconic British secret agent.
(Damian Lewis is in prime position to take over from Daniel Craig
A well-placed source revealed: “If
leaves, it’s Damian Lewis who will be crowned the new Bond.
“He is seen as an all-round international star who is perfect for the role. As he ages, he looks increasingly suave and sophisticated.
Daniel Craig has hinted he will step down as James Bond after Spectre
bosses are now convinced Damian is their man.
the moment all focus is on the release of Spectre in November. Producers are convinced it’s a particularly strong 007 movie.
"Daniel excels in the role and there is no pressure on him to step down. But if he does, people close to Damian have had an unofficial nod he is the number one choice.”
Craig recently hinted he was ready to stand down after he was asked if he would like to do one more Bond movie.
Daniel Craig will star in the next James Bond film, Spectre
He said: “At this moment, no. I have a life and I’ve got to get on with it a bit. But we’ll see.”
Sources said that if Spectre does well, Craig could be offered the sort of money he couldn’t refuse to do another film. But it is more likely he will bow out while on top.
Lewis, 44, who is married to actor Helen McCrory, has achieved international fame through high-profile TV and film roles.
Piers Brosnan, who played Bond before Craig, speculated last week that any new 007 will be a white male, in line with the original book character created by novelist Ian Fleming.