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Richard Madden to be offered James Bond role after successful stint in Bodyguard

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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 21/08/2018 - Programme Name: Bodyguard - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. Generics) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 21ST AUGUST, 2018* David Budd (RICHARD MADDEN) - (C) World Productions - Photographer: Sophie Mutevelian

Richard Madden to be offered James Bond role (PIcture: Getty/BBC)

Bodyguard had the nation gripped as Richard Madden played Sergeant David Budd, who was tasked with protecting the home secretary, but was caught up in a terrorist plot that saw him lose his charge in a bomb explosion.

The drama was tense and saw him earn praise for his performance as the officer hellbent on finding the culprits while battling against both the terrorist organisation and those close to him who thought he was suffering mental health issues.

Its now been claimed the role has caught the eye of James Bond boss Barbara Broccoli, who may well be getting ready to offer him the most coveted role on the silver screen.

A source told The Sun: Its seriously looking like he [Madden] is going to get the job.

Not only is he on top of Barbaras list, but she is preparing to offer the role.

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2015, file photo, actor Daniel Craig poses for the media as he arrives for the German premiere of the James Bond movie 'Spectre' in Berlin, Germany. Producers of the James Bond films say Cary Joji Fukunaga will direct the next instalment in the spy thriller series, replacing Danny Boyle. Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and star Daniel Craig announced Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 that the movie will start filming at London's Pinewood Studios on March 4, and will be released on Feb. 14, 2020.(AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

Daniel Craig will be stepping down from the role (Picture: AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

If he does get it it would mean hes beaten the likes of Idris Elba, whos been in the frame for yonks to take over from Daniel Craig, as well as the likes of Tom Hardy, James Norton, Aidan Turner, Cillian Murphy, and even Emily Blunt.

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The movie has recently suffered setbacks after director Danny Boyle stepped down from leading the project after he and Barbara were hit with creative differences, with it being claimed there were plans to kill the spy off. He later explained it was because hes too much of a fan of the franchise to go along with her vision for the continuation of the movies.

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He told Radio Times: The books were everything to me when I was a kid. I read them multiple times. Like everyone else, I saw the films, but Id already read the books so I had a different relationship with the characters.

Although I think itd be impossible for a Bond aficionado to write or direct a Bond film.

Youd be hampered by how much you knew. They want you to bring a freshness to it.

Its since been announced hes been replaced by Cary Fukunaga. Its also thought that production has been pushed back, meaning the film wont be ready for its autumn 2019 release.

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