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Billy Elliott star Jamie Bell to give Tom Hiddleston competition to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond

Mirror logo Mirror 25/05/2016 Claire Rutter

British star, Jamie Bell, is among the names being considered to play 007 in the new movie. © AP British star, Jamie Bell, is among the names being considered to play 007 in the new movie. He made his name as Billy Elliott but now it looks as though the British actor has set his sights on becoming the new 007.

Jamie Bell is reportedly speaking to James Bond producers about the possibility of replacing Daniel Craig in the role, according to The Sun.

Bond boss Barbara Broccoli is said to have been left impressed by Jamie after working with him on his latest movie, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.

“Barbara has been a fan of Jamie for a long time and has even thought about him playing another role in the franchise before,” an insider told the newspaper.

Since Billy Elliott launched him into fame, 30-year-old Jamie, has gone on to star in a wide array of movies including King Kong, Jumper and the Fantasic Four.

Jamie Bell in 'Billy Elliot' © Provided by Mirror Jamie Bell in 'Billy Elliot' It has been widely rumoured that Night Manager star Tom Hiddleston will replace Craig in the iconic role, but Jamie’s name is also reportedly in the ring.

“Tom Hiddleston and Aidan Turner are still in the frame, but Jamie has really shown that he is definitely up there competing with them,” the source claimed.

Jamie, who is currently dating House of Cards star Kate Mara, has just wrapped his latest movie 6 Days.

In the film he plays an SAS soldier who leads troops to storm the Iranian Embassy after it is taken over by gunmen.

The speculation comes after Daniel Craig has reportedly called time on his tenure as James Bond after snubbing a £68 million offer for two more films.

The actor - who has played Ian Fleming's fictional spy in the character's previous four big screen outings - is set to walk away from the role he has taken on since 2005 despite a big money offer.

Although MGM studio is said to be keen to keep him on board, the Mail Online reports that the offer has been rejected.

Of the rumours, an Eon spokesman said: “Barbara regularly speaks to lots of actors and nothing has been decided yet on Bond.”

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