Is the next Bond already lined up?

Like his Skyfall and Spectre director Sam Mendes, Daniel Craig has made no bones about the fact that he'd quite like to move on to other projects after playing James Bond four times since 2005. While many actors have been championed to take over as 007 once Craig's tenure ends, if a new report is to be believed... MGM has already found their man.

Contrary to recent rumors, it seems the studio is keen to keep Bond male, though the man in the running hasn't featured on any wishlists or rumored reports in the past. A source close to The Mirror has it on good authority that Damian Lewis has been given the "unofficial nod" to take over the part after Craig hands in his Walther PPK.

At this stage it's too early to tell whether or not there's any truth to it, but it's still worth contemplating, as Lewis has a solid onscreen presence with a flair for being mysterious. Sadly, Lewis' appointment would definitively rule out Idris Elba, whose would make a damn fine Bond.

Catch Daniel Craig's potentially last-ever stint as the suave agent when Spectre opens in the UK on October 26 and the US on November 6.

Gem Seddon is GamesRadar+'s west coast Entertainment News Reporter, working to keep all of you updated on all of the latest and greatest movies and shows on streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime. Outside of entertainment journalism, Gem can frequently be found writing about the alternative health and wellness industry, and obsessing over all things Aliens and Terminator on Twitter.