There's always buzz where then is a new Bond and it's definitely no different this year.
Fans worldwide are excited as a new favourite has risen up the ranks and is now emerging to take over the iconic role of everyone's favourite film character.
Joining the likes of Daniel Craig, Pierce Brosnan and Sean Connery just to name a few - a brand-new face is being rumoured to be the next 007.
Bond predecessor, Craig, 54, first took on the role in 2006 with Casino Royale and made the decision to quit playing the character in 2021 with No Time to Die being his final 007 film.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, 32, best known for his roles in Bullet Train, Kick-Ass and Avengers: Age of Ultron, is being tipped as the next James Bond following his alleged filming of the famous iconic gunshot opening sequence, according to The Sun.
The news outlet reports that an insider said: "Aaron went for a screen test to be the next Bond in September and producers and Barbara [Bond franchise boss] loved him.
"He is now one of the front-runners," the article reported.
Bond speculation is a given and that has certainly been the case this year.
Earlier in 2022, there were rumours about none other than the icon that is Idris Elba OBE, 50, having talks of becoming the next Bond but these have since stopped.
Joining Taylor-Johnson as a favourite for the role include Henry Cavill, 39, best known for playing Superman in the DC Extended Universe, and Regé-Jean Page, 34, who rose to fame for his role of Simon Basset in Bridgerton.
The news follows producers previously revealing exactly what they're looking for in the next prospective Bond.
Producers are now after a "reinvention" of the iconic cinema star with Deadline reporting that Barbara Broccoli said: "We’re working out where to go with him, we’re talking that through.
"There isn’t a script and we can’t come up with one until we decide how we’re going to approach the next film because, really, it’s a reinvention of Bond.
"We’re reinventing who he is and that takes time," she said, according to the news outlet.
In this new Bond-reinvention, producers have revealed the precise group that they're looking out for.
"He's probably been in the SAS or something, he isn't some kid out of high school that you can bring in and start off - that's why it works for a 30-something," disclosed Bond boss Michael J Wilson, who runs Eon Productions with Barbara Broccoli, an event at the British Film Institute.
So while that rules out the likes of Idris Elba, Tom Hardy and Tom Holland - the 30-something crowd of Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Regé-Jean Page, Henry Cavill and Richard Madden all fit the bill.
Broccoli has since revealed Bond 26 is still a "couple" of years away at least.
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Topics: James Bond, TV and Film, Daniel Craig