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Does Mark Strong know something we don’t know?

Strong took a moment to check in with ShortList at the premiere for his new film The Brother Grimsby. The film stars Strong as a James Bond type agent, with Sacha Baron Cohen portraying his football hooligan brother.

The conversation with ShortList turned to the actual James Bond, most recently portrayed by Daniel Craig, and the chance of Strong playing a villain opposite his longtime friend (the two worked together on the 1996 miniseries Our Friends in the North and again in 2008 on Flashbacks of a Fool).

Strong soaked in the question, giving a thoughtful response, saying, “Do you know what, I’d have loved to have played the villain in a Bond movie while Daniel was doing it because he’s a pal and that would have been great. But I think he’s come to the end of his Bond time and so it’s probably never going to happen”

Of course, this is Strong’s guesstimate, and it’s not an official confirmation.

But he went on to elaborate on this theory, saying, “I think he feels like he’s mined it. He’s done what he wants with it.”

Strong isn’t the first to predict the fate of Craig’s run as Bond, with the rumor mill regularly churning out updates.

Craig was recently cast to star in the TV adaptation of Jonathan Franzen‘s novel Purity, set for a 2016 release. This just adds to the speculation of him possibly hanging up his keys to the Aston Martin.

Now that we have Mark Strong on the brain, he’d make a great James Bond. But he sounds keen on stepping into a baddie role. It will be interesting to see who fills the spot when Craig is ready to step down.

Anglophenia’s Kate Arnell investigates some top contenders in the below webisode:

Who would you like to see next as 007?

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By Brigid Brown