As long as Daniel Craig continues to seemingly evade confirming that he's coming back as James Bond, the rumour mill will continue to spit out potential replacements for him. Inevitably, the likes of Tom Hiddleston, Tom Hardy and Idris Elba always feature highly on such lists, but now a more rough-and-ready possibility has reared his head.
Charlie Hunnam - star of Sons Of Anarchy and Guy Ritchie's King Arthur - has thrown his hat into the ring for consideration to become the next 007. Should Craig decide not to return, of course.
Hunnam appeared on Conan to discuss the possibility, and confessed that there has been no contact with the studio, which shouldn't come as a surprise when they're allegedly still courting their currently contracted star. But at least we know that Hunnam would be interested if the call came:
“I can say two things. I’m English and I look devilishly handsome in a suit. I can say three things… and nobody has called me about playing James Bond, so I’m pretty sure that’s not going to happen… If you (Conan O’Brien) decide not to do it, you can just throw your ol’ pal Charlie’s name in the hat.”
Unfortunately, the likelihood of a mega King Arthur-starring franchise seem to have been immediately killed by the first film's poor initial performance, so Hunnam might be a lot more free than he might have been.
Would he be any good? One thing's for certain: he'd have to work on his accent, which is now all over the place. He once had a delightful Geordie twang, and now he's played so many characters from different places that his default voice is difficult to find.
Still, if the film-makers were looking for a gruffer, rougher Bond, they could do a lot worse than to consider Hunnam.