Could Sam Heughan be the next James Bond? What the Outlander actor said about being 007 - and bookies’ odds

Following the death of legendary Scottish Bond actor Sean Connery, speculation around Sam Heughan taking on the iconic role has heightened

Outlander star Sam Heughan has added further fuel to rumours he’s next in line to play super spy James Bond.

Speaking to Stellar Magazine, Heughan said he would “obviously” take on the role if it were offered to him, and said, “any actor would want it.”

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Will Heughan be the next James Bond?

As Daniel Craig prepares to depart the franchise after the release of No Time to Die (his fifth appearance as Bond), fans have been speculating on who could step into the shoes of one of cinema’s most iconic roles.

Names thrown about include Idris Elba, Tom Hardy and Henry Cavill, but Heughan remains one of the bookies’ favourites.

“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,” Heughan told Stellar, perhaps leveraging expectations and warning fans not to get their hopes up too much.

According to Oddschecker, which collates the odds from various betting sides to present a consensus, Tom Hardy is currently favourite to the the next Bond, with odds of 3/2.

McMafia’s James Norton (9/4) could also be a safe bet, as could Elba (11/2) or even Tom Hiddleston (7/1). Heughan currently enjoys odds of 6/1.

No Time to Die was originally scheduled for release earlier in 2020, but was pushed back by a full year in light of the coronavirus crisis and the continued closure of cinemas across the world.

Do fans want to see Heughan as Bond?

It would appear so.

In July, Heughan came first in a poll of fans casting their opinion on who they’d like to see step into the iconic shoes of James Bond, conducted by Radio Times.

Readers were asked to choose from a shortlist of 20 names. The top five featured Tom Hardy in second place, followed by Superman actor Henry Cavill, then Elba, and Tom Hiddleston in fifth.

Radiotimes.com editorial director Tim Glanfield said at the time: “Sam is clearly very popular with fans and this victory solidifies his position as one of the public favourites for this most coveted of film roles.

“With a host of incredible talent in the frame to take over from Daniel Craig, Sam certainly has some stiff competition.”

But perhaps Heughan himself isn’t so keen; last year, the actor denied he was to be the next James Bond when asked by American talk show host Jimmy Fallon about being on "the top of many lists".

He said: "I can reveal right now that I...am not James Bond. I'm still waiting for the call."

After the clip was shared on social media, Heughan told his 561,000 Twitter followers: "Not sure Bond could be ginger...?"

Could we see another Scottish Bond?

Speculation of another Scottish James Bond has intensified following the death of Sean Connery, who first portrayed the spy in 1962’s Dr. No and went on to star in six more Bond films.

Heughan previously revealed that he had auditioned for the Bond role 15 years ago.

“Obviously it’s a dream for every actor,” he said. “I auditioned for it back when they were doing Bond 21 – when Daniel Craig was cast in Casino Royale and I think a lot of actors were seen in the UK.

“And a Scottish Bond, who doesn’t want to see another Scottish Bond?”