However, another anonymous film and TV executive disagreed, telling GB News that they “would be surprised if Bond wasn’t white” and pointed to previous experience as a more pressing factor.
They said: “Henry Cavill, he’s great, but he’s been Superman… they don’t want that baggage of Superman playing Bond.”
Henry Cavill previously auditioned for the role of Bond
Turning 40 recently and standing at six feet tall, Henry Cavill previously auditioned for the role and told Men’s Health US that as far as he knew the shortlist had gone down to Craig and him.
The Witcher actor went on to recall the director, Martin Campbell, saying “looking a little chubby there, Henry”, as he reenacted a towel scene from the Sean Connery era of the franchise.
The film and TV executive told GB News that they believe the producers will go with “somebody from a much softer, ITV or BBC Sunday night kind of show, who has almost come from nowhere and will be a surprise to people”.
Fitting this bill would be bookies' favourites McMafia and Happy Valley star James Norton, 37, and Richard Madden, 36, of Bodyguard and Citadel acclaim.
Marvel Star Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Norton is also currently scaring the living daylights out of audiences on stage and de-robing in the West End for the harrowing play ‘A Little Life’, in what could be an eye-catching audition for securing the on screen license to kill.
A source told The Sun: “Aaron has impressed bosses so much that he has filmed one of the franchise's famous gun barrel teaser scenes, something all the actors do. That move takes him a step closer to signing a deal."
They added: “That move takes him a step closer to signing a deal. Bosses at the brand were really impressed with his unique blend of acting intensity and his impressive back catalogue of action films.”
Asked if they knew who the next Bond was, another Pinewood insider joked to GB News: “Yep, it’s Gino D’Acampo… No, I’m sorry, I can’t say, it’s all under wraps.”