Is this Irishman the next James Bond?

With Daniel Craig rumoured to quit as 007, could Aidan Turner be set to follow in the footsteps of Pierce Brosnan, and become the second Irish Bond?

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Aidan Turner and former girlfriend Sarah Greene, from whom he split in November after 5 years together

Following a star turn in the recent BBC production of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, which screened over Christmas, rumours are circulating that Aidan Turner could be next in line to take on the role of James Bond. In so doing, the Clondalkin man would be following in the illustrious footsteps of Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig (not forgetting George Lazenby, of course, who was killed off after one movie!), and become the second Irish bond after Drogheda-born Brosnan.

Ross Poldark, AKA Yum.
Ross Poldark, AKA Yum.

Aidan has become a firm favourite of TV watchers in the past year, courtesy of his starring role in BBC drama Poldark, which prompted one reviewer to describe him as “the noblest, hottest, most down-to-earth hero who ever rallied the troops or scythed a field shirtless and in slow motion”. And now, having donned a tuxedo to play the very refined Philip Lombard in And Then There Were None, fans have been calling for him to be cast as the next 007.

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Pierce Brosnan, who played 007 from 1995-2002


With Daniel Craig’s fourth movie as Bond, Spectre, having been a huge box office success, it might seem odd that people are talking about him being replaced. But with Craig having recently said that he’d rather “slash my wrists” than appear in another Bond movie, speculation has understandably been growing as to who might replace him should he step down. And while British actor Tom Hardy was hotly-tipped, it now seems that our very own Aidan is a new contender to become the second Irish bond after Pierce Brosnan.


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