Sam Heughan sent James Bond fans into a frenzy this week after he reiterated his hopes to play the legendary British spy. After GQ named him as a likely successor for Daniel Craig, he quipped “Thank you Moneypenny” on Twitter – which led many to speculate he could have been lined-up for the role. Bookies Paddy Power have listed the ‘Outlander’ actor as the third most likely actor to ascend to the 007 mantle after ‘No Time To Die’. His resume suggests he could be a likely suitor too because he has portrayed an English spy in the past. Unearthed accounts from that time reveal a joke he made about his workouts in preparation to become a secret agent.
Sam Heughan has been branded a “quintessential James Bond in the wings”, “the best choice” and “perfect” on Twitter, in what appears to be a growing movement online to secure him in the legendary role.
The Scottish actor has previous experience as an agent too, because he starred in the 2018 action-comedy ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ alongside Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon.
In a previous interview, he hinted he would be willing to “lose the kilt and ginger wig” donned for character Jamie Fraser in the Starz series ‘Outlander’ in favour of becoming a Martini ‘shaken-not-stirred’ sipping spy.
He said: “It’s a great role and I think Daniel Craig’s done a great job – but come on man! I think it’s time we had a Scottish Bond.”
While acting in ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’, his co-stars commented on the rigorous workout regime he had undertaken to ensure he was fit enough to play a spy.
Mila told MTV: “He runs a lot… we would be driving along this bridge and nine times out of ten I could see Sam shirtless and running down the bridge.
“We were so angry he was in such good shape. All the time he was running down this bridge shirtless.”
The US actress and Kate continued to make comments about his physique and joked about a romance with one of the stars.
When asked about running in Budapest, where the film was shot, Sam laughed it off as “lies, lies, lies!”.
MTV interviewer Josh Horowitz jested: “We get it. You’re in shape. Boring.”
In a witty response Sam fired back: “Huh?! Sorry, you say something? Was just bench pressing my house.”
While the star has confessed his ambitions to portray the British spy, he modestly downplayed his chances.
He told Today: “It’s part of our British heritage isn’t it? I think any man that’s seen in a tuxedo is instantly talked about for James Bond.”