The star originally showed some interest in becoming the next international spy back in 2015. 1D – who had not broken up at the time – appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden and got involved with some telephone games. During this stint on TV Horan did an uncanny impression of Bond, James Bond, sparking some rumours that he might be interested in becoming the next star for the role.
Craig was then asked about this impression in an interview, and he was very quick to back Horan on taking over as his replacement.
Craig was asked at the time by Capital FM what he thought of Horan taking over.
He simply replied: “Good man!” The Spectre actor then explained the singer would be “absolutely fabulous” in the role. Craig even went so far to say that Horan “would do the role justice” after he stepped down.
Horan should certainly feel special, as a 007 endorsement from a former James Bond is extremely rare.
A William Hill spokesperson said of Horan’s odds: “Niall Horan is an interesting late addition to the James Bond market, and we know that thousands of fans would be overjoyed at him making his way onto the silver screen this year. And with fellow 1D star Harry Styles proving that the shift from music to acting can be a huge success, it remains to be seen whether Horan will follow in his footsteps.”
Bridgerton star Page is the frontrunner at the time of writing, with a staggering 5/2. He recently confessed he has been “flattered” by the Bond attention but doesn’t think of them other than rumours.
Just behind him is the iconic Superman actor Henry Cavill. The British star has a stunning 7/2 on claiming the role – and he has a lot to prove. He previously went up against Craig in 2005 during the audition process for Casino Royale.
But he was hit with a rude piece of feedback.
Cavill has spoken out about how, during the audition process, he was told he was looking a “little chubby”. He said he “didn’t know” how to properly train or look after his body.
Because of this, he lost the role. Will he be able to make a triumphant comeback?
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