Race for James Bond sees NEW entry as star Tom Felton speaks out ...

James Bond fans have yet to find out who will be stepping up to the plate as 007 after Daniel Craig makes his exit following No Time To Die. In recent months, fierce competition has been raging between the likes of Richard Madden, Sam Heughan, Idris Elba and Tom Hardy when it comes to bookies’ predictions, and now a new name has entered the race: Tom Felton. Best known for his portrayal of antagonist Draco Malfoy in the movies, the 32-year-old actor has declared his interest in a recent interview.

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Felton told Closer Magazine it was his “ultimate dream” to play Bond as he well and truly threw his hat in the ring for the part.

“I like playing the goodie, but I don’t really look to play a good guy or a bad guy,” he said.

“I like playing people who are different to me — the further away they are from home, the more fun it is to play.

“But James Bond would be the ultimate dream,” the favourite added.

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James Bond: Tom Felton and Daniel CraigJames Bond: Tom Felton has thrown his name in the ring for the new 007 (Image: GETTY • EON)

James Bond: Tom FeltonJames Bond: Tom Felton said playing 007 is his 'ultimate dream' (Image: GETTY)

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“The first film I had, when I was seven-years-old, was James Bond. That was all I had on my mind.”

Meanwhile, the actor also reflected on the enormous success of the franchise which made him famous, saying: “I look back at some of the finest memories of my life with huge pride.

“Still, to this day, it freaks me out how much of a thing the films have become. The effect they’ve had on people is crazy.”

Felton is far from the only high profile British star setting is sights on playing iconic spy 007 after Craig steps down from the role.

James Bond: Daniel CraigJames Bond: Daniel Craig is stepping down as Bond after No Time To Die (Image: EON)

James Norton, star of Happy Valley and McMafia, is current favourite for the job, according to bookies Coral, priced at 7-4.

Meanwhile, Outlander actor Sam Heughan is second in the running at 11-4, having previously revealed

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