PUBLISHED: 08:52, Sat, May 2, 2020 | UPDATED: 12:20, Sat, May 2, 2020
James Bond fans are eagerly awaiting confirmation as to who will replace Daniel Craig as 007 but there’s one actor who’s ruled himself out. Back in 2015, Damien Lewis was the bookies’ favourite to be named the next Bond, dominating the race ahead of the likes of Idris Elba, Henry Cavill and Tom Hardy. At the time, William Hill had him priced as short as 6/4 to get the role.
Now, however, the Homeland star doesn’t even want the coveted part.
In a recent interview with GQ, Lewis said the furore surrounding rumours he could take over had “subsided”.
“And I don’t want to play James Bond anymore,” he announced.
“If someone had asked me 10 years ago, that might have been a different matter. But I don’t have that sort of ambition now.”
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James Bond: Daniel Craig's potential replacement has ruled himself out (Image: GETTY • EON)
James Bond: Damien Lewis said he doesn't want to play 007 anymore (Image: GETTY)
Lewis went on to explain why the part wasn’t suited to him at this point in his career, insisting he didn’t fancy the long, gruelling shooting schedules involved in the ambitious action movies.
“I don’t want to go travelling off around the world for eight months of the year and play one character for the next 10 years,” he told the publication.
“And I think I’d be the oldest new James Bond cast, maybe after Roger Moore,” he noted. “Or maybe even older than Roger Moore.