James Bond is arguably one of Hollywood’s most coveted roles, and his casting is usually shrouded in even more secrecy than the average 007 mission. But according to reports, the franchise’s typically hush-hush producers have let the cat out of the bag earlier than usual. And here we reveal the actor who’s emerged as a hot favorite to utter that immortal line, “Shaken, not stirred…”
Adapted from Ian Fleming’s series of spy novels, the James Bond film franchise began in 1962 with Dr. No. But despite Fleming’s major concerns that he was the wrong man for the job, the original 007, Sean Connery, proved to be one of the most enduring and most popular Bonds. Indeed, the Scotsman appeared in seven Bond movies in total, including From Russia with Love, Goldfinger and Thunderball.
Then George Lazenby briefly assumed the role of Bond after Connery’s admission that playing the character had “[become] a terrible pressure, like living in a goldfish bowl.” After 1969’s Lazenby-fronted On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, though, the Scot returned to the part for a bumper pay packet. 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever proved to be Connery’s second swansong.