Sam Heughan: Will Sam Heughan be the next James Bond?

Actor Sam Heughan has become of the names being bandied about in relation to James Bond. The Outlander and Bloodshot actor is quickly being touted as one of the candidates who could be taking on the role of James Bond when resident star Daniel Craig steps down after nearly 15 years in the role. Here’s a look at whether the Outlander actor will be the next James Bond.

Will Sam Heughan be the next James Bond?

Heughan has been a favourite to become Bond for a while.

Not only are bookmakers suggesting the Jamie Fraser actor could be in the line for the part, but he also came out on top of a recent poll calling for him to take on the role.

He was named as the public’s top choice to play Bond in a poll from the Radio Times earlier this year.

An estimated 80,000 people took part in the poll which saw Heughan competing for votes against Tom Hardy and Idris Elba and Henry Cavill.

While Heughan came out on top with 30 percent of the vote, Peaky Blinders star Hardy came in second with 14 percent of the vote.

Heughan previously told Esquire back in March: “I actually have auditioned for James Bond.

“Back when they were rebooting Bond 21 when Daniel Craig came on board. They were talking about making him younger.

“I don’t know what happened but very recently I became the bookies’ favourite to play Bond, which is random and very strange.”

He added: “Yeah, I mean we want a Scottish James Bond, don’t we? Let see who does become Bond.”

The Scottish actor also told Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on This Morning how he’d be up for the part, calling it a “dream role”.

He joked: “Yeah, I need to jump off this call because I’m waiting for [Bond producer] Barbara Broccoli to give me a bell.”

Although Heughan may have missed out the first time playing Bond, he could have luck a second time around.

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Both Timothy Dalton and later Pierce Brosnan ended up playing Bond after missing out the first time.

However, whether Heughan will get the role remains to be seen considering his commitments to Outlander.

Not only is he an actor on the show but the star along with fellow lead Caitriona Balfe have been promoted to producers on the series.

Outlander is an adaptation of the novels by Diana Gabaldon and there are going to be a total of 10 books in the series.

So far, there have been six seasons of the show commissioned by US network Starz and with the growing popularity of the time travelling drama, it looks likely to be continuing for some time to come.

Therefore, if Heughan does get the part, he will have to balance his work on Outlander with Bond which could see conflicting schedules.

According to Oddschecker, Heughan has odds of 4/1 from Sky Bet and 6/1 from Betfair and 9/2 from Betway.

But in first place is The Night Manager’s Tom Hiddleston at 6/1 from Paddy Power and 7/2 from Unibet.

Another contender is McMafia actor James Norton at 7/4 from Betfred and Sport Nation.

Outlander seasons 1 to 5 are streaming on Amazon Prime Video now

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