Could the next James Bond come from Norfolk?

Published:
7:43 PM May 16, 2022



He’s been Australian, Irish and Scottish in the past, but could the next James Bond come from Norfolk with love?

According to bookmakers William Hill, the next 007 may know Great Yarmouth’s Golden Mile better than Montenegro’s Casino Royale.

Matthew MacFadyen, who was born in the town and starred in the US TV hit Succession in recent years, and action movie regular Jason Statham, who grew up in Yarmouth, are rated at 80/1 and 500/1 respectively. .

Sam Claflin, who grew up in Norwich and attended Costessey High School, is also on the bookies list, with the Hunger Games favorite priced at 100/1.


Hunger Games and Peaky Blinders star Sam Claflin grew up in Norwich
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It comes after current Bond Daniel Craig announced he was stepping down from the role after last year’s No Time To Die.

Others in the running include former Doctor Who Matt Smith, who studied at UEA (priced at 40/1), Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot, who recently filmed in Norfolk (100/1), and Fifty Shades of Gray to direct Jamie Dornan, who was also filming in County (12/1).

According to the betting company, the current favorite to become 007 is Bridgerton actor Rege-Jean Page, at a price of 5/2.


EDITORIAL USE ONLY Rege-Jean Page during filming of The Graham Norton Show at BBC Studioworks 6 Tel

Rege-Jean Page is among the favorites to become the new James Bond
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If the next Bond were to come from Norfolk, it wouldn’t be the county’s only link to 007, after You Only Live Twice’s Little Nellie autogyro was piloted by Norfolk stunt pilot Ken Wallis and North Norfolk doubled for North Korea in Die Another Day.