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Another Irish 007? Poldark star Aidan Turner 'in talks' to play James Bond

Sasha Brady

Published 16/03/2016 | 10:10

Aidan Turner in the BBC drama Poldark.
Aidan Turner in the BBC drama Poldark.
Aidan Turner is rumoured to be in talks with James Bond producers to play the lead role in the 007 franchise.
Aidan Turner with the award for Best Drama Performance (Poldark) pictured backstage at the Nation Television Awards 2016, at the O2 Arena, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 20, 2016

It's been reported that Irish actor Aidan Turner is in talks to play the next James Bond.

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The Dublin actor has won a legion of fans playing the hunky character Ross Poldark in the BBC period drama.

Aidan Turner is rumoured to be in talks with James Bond producers to play the lead role in the 007 franchise.
Aidan Turner is rumoured to be in talks with James Bond producers to play the lead role in the 007 franchise.

However, it looks like his star is set to rise as it's reported that the 34-year-old is in talks with James Bond producers about playing the spy in the 007 franchise.

"Aidan has held preliminary talks with Bond producers and being in LA will give him a further chance to discuss the role," a source told The Sun.

Pierce Brosnan
Pierce Brosnan

He faces stiff competition in the form of Luther and The Wire star Idris Elba and Legend actor Tom Hardy.

Thor's Tom Hiddleston is also rumoured to be in the running for the starring role.

Lea Seydoux, Daniel Craig and Monica Bellucci
Lea Seydoux, Daniel Craig and Monica Bellucci

Aidan's Poldark producer Karen Thrussell also set tongues wagging about his future as the new spy when she picked up his Breakthrough Award on his behalf at the Broadcasting Press Guild awards in London last week.

She teased his absence for the ceremony: "I am sure it is nothing to do with James Bond, but we will see..."

If he wins the part, Aidan will be the second Irish actor to play James Bond after Pierce Brosnan's turn as the charming secret spy in Goldeneye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World Is Not Enough (1999) and Die Another Day (2002).

British actor Daniel Craig has helmed the franchise for 10 years since 2006's Casino Royale and made no secret in the past of his desire to quit Bond, telling Time Out magazine in October that he would rather "slash my wrists" than play the role again.

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