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Could Chris Hemsworth Be the Next James Bond?

It has been all but confirmed that Daniel Craig will hang up his tuxedo as James Bond after the filming of the franchise’s next outing, which has been given the working title of Bond 25, and so the scramble to be named his successor is on.

It had been rumoured that Lashana Lynch, who plays Nomi in the upcoming release, would become the new 007, but that notion has been dismissed as "fake news" by sources such as The Daily Express. The truth is that Lynch is given a double-0 codename, but not that she will go on to become the main character in the series in the post-Craig years.

The bookmakers run their own market as to who they think might be the next actor or actress to take on the role of Bond, and at the head of the betting is a number of quintessentially British males such as Richard Madden, Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston and James Norton.

But there is another name that catches the eye, and perhaps the time is right for the next Aussie to say the immortal words "the name’s Bond, James Bond"!

Chris Hemsworth, the Thor actor born in Melbourne, has seemingly thrown his hat into the ring, and he is priced at 20/1 with some of the sportsbooks – which suggests there’s a decent enough chance – to take on the burden of saving the world while driving incredible cars and bedding a host of glamorous women.

When asked the possibility of taking on the role, the 35-year-old reportedly told The Daily Mirror "I don't think you'll ever meet anyone who doesn't want to have a crack at James Bond. I'd love to do it."

He also spoke of his "audition tape" having perfected the English accent to play racing driver James Hunt in the movie "Rush", which was nominated for four BAFTAs including Outstanding British Film.

So, would Hemsworth measure up as Bond? He certainly has the charm, the looks and the cool to pull it off, and it helps that he has experience in pulling off the British accent.

He would be comfortable driving those fast Aston Martins too, having done much of the driving work on Rush, and has the skills to fight realistically having cut his teeth on countless Thor movies and sequels.

"I don’t think you’ll ever meet anyone who doesn’t want to have a crack at James Bond." Chris Hemsworth is one of the many actors expressing interest in playing the iconic role.

Will he be comfortable portraying a baccarat pro in the numerous casino scenes that writer Ian Fleming favours? Only time will tell on that, but you get the sense he has the quickness of thought to be a handy casino game player. If that’s a trait you share with the former Home and Away star, you can give your best Bond impression at Wildz Casino, an online gaming site where you can try your hand at a variety of games, making use of a selection of bonuses and free spins.

Hemsworth would not be the first Australian to slip into the shiny brogues of 007. George Lazenby became the youngest Bond in history when he starred in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, although he surprisingly walked away from the role after just that solitary outing.

Published July 19, 2019

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