Bridgerton 's Regé-Jean Page Reacts to Those James Bond Casting Rumors

Kaitlin Reilly
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He already steamed up TV screens with his portrayal of Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings, on Netflix's new Shonda Rhimes series Bridgerton, and now, the internet thinks Regé-Jean Page would make a perfect secret agent, too.

The star spoke to Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show about the rumors that he's in the running to portray James Bond when Daniel Craig retires from the role following the upcoming film No Time to Die. Currently, the betting site Ladbrokes gives 5/1 odds that Page could become the next 007.

"I think the internet thinks a lot of things, and that's one of the more pleasant ones," Page said on the talk show on Jan. 8. "So I am pleased as far as that goes."

Still, he mused that the speculation may have more to do with the fact that he's a Brit in the public eye than anything else.

"I think there might be an element of cultural translation to be done here," he added. "Like, if you're a Brit, and you do something of any kind of renowned that people regard well, then people start saying the 'B' word."

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The actor called the rumors a "merit badge."

"I'm very, very glad to have the badge," he said. "I'm glad to be in such wonderful company of people who have the badge."

Rege-Jean Page
Rege-Jean Page

Other people Ladbrokes think may be next in line for 007 just above Page are Tom Hardy, James Norton and Idris Elba. Thus far, though, none appear to be in serious talks for the part—not yet, anyway.

While Page may be flattered by the consideration, he also fueled Bond talk himself. On Dec. 16, the Netflix star tweeted a video of his Bridgerton character along with the caption "Regency, royalty. Shaken and stirred," a possible nod to Bond's love of martinis.

Check out Page's interview with Fallon above.

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