Rege-Jean Page, the star of Netflix Inc.’s ‘Bridgerton’, is the current favourite to be the next James Bond, which would give the franchise its first Black person in the lead role.
London-based betting platform William Hill has the 31-year-old Page at 5-2 odds to star in the 26th Bond movie, ahead of fellow British actors Tom Hardy, 44, and James Norton, 36, at 3-1.
Another much-discussed actor of colour, Idris Elba, 49, is at 8-1.
Page gained prominence after starring as the Duke of Hastings in Netflix’s 2020 period drama ‘Bridgerton’. The actor, who won’t be returning for the show’s second season, has other big projects in the works.
Page will star in a Netflix heist movie and has the lead in a remake of ‘The Saint’ from ViacomCBS Inc.’s Paramount Pictures. Roger Moore, who went on to play 007, starred in the original version.
The current Bond, Daniel Craig, 53, is making his fifth and last appearance as the world’s most famous spy in ‘No Time to Die’. The film is currently screening in UAE cinemas.