Henry Cavill among bookies’ favourites to be new Bond

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JERSEY may seem a world away from the frantic, action-packed lifestyle of James Bond…

But speculation is growing that the next 007 could hail from these shores with Hollywood star – and former St Michael’s pupil – Henry Cavill thought to be in the running to replace Daniel Craig in the iconic role.

And Mr Cavill himself has not ruled out putting himself forward, telling The Times in an interview last month that ‘you don’t know which direction they want to take Bond in and so I like to say that everything’s always on the table’.

If he were to become the new 007 then Mr Cavill would have taken on two of cinema’s most iconic roles, having already starred as Superman.

The Islander returned to screens in December in season two of the Netflix series The Witcher – in which his character, Geralt of Rivia, hunts down fantasy beasts using superhuman agility, strength and reflexes.

Mr Craig confirmed that the most recent instalment of the Bond franchise – No Time to Die – would be his last with Mr Cavill, who is an ambassador for Durrell Wildlife, among the bookmakers’ favourites to take over.

It is not the first time the Jerseyman has been linked with 007.

In 2006, Mr Cavill was in contention to portray Bond in Casino Royale but ultimately lost out, partially because he was too young at the time.

In the interview with The Times, the 38-year-old was asked if he was still interested in the now vacant role.

And, appearing on the Graham Norton Show on BBC1, he said that he was aware of ‘very early conversations’ taking place at MGM Studios about who could fill the part – but added that there was ‘no list as such yet’.

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