James Bond: New Names In The Frame Include Jamie Bell (!) And Gillian Anderson (!!!)

The competition has hotted up since Daniel Craig's exit was reported.

The competition to be the next James Bond has been hotting up ever since it was reported that Daniel Craig had walked away from 007, and now there are two new names in the frame.

The first is former child star turned action hero Jamie Bell, who The Sun reports as having had "informal" chats with Bond producers about playing the supreme screen spy.

<strong>The name's Bell? </strong>
The name's Bell?
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This rumour is supported by the fact that the lady at the helm of the franchise, Barbara Broccoli, is producing Jamie Bell's latest film, 'Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool' and is reported to be impressed by her young star's previous performances.

Jamie charmed global audiences as the screen's Billy Elliot, and has successfully transformed himself into an adult actor, with films including 'King Kong', 'Jumper' and 'Fantastic Four'.

Tom Hiddleston remains the favourite with bookies after his impressive turn in BBC drama 'The Night Manager', but Jamie will soon have his own chance to shine in a similar way. He's just finished filming '6 Days', the true story of the SAS's storming of London's Iranian Embassy in 1980, where he plays one of the UK's most elite soldiers, employed in a task that demanded bravery, cunning and skill.

Perfect timing…

However, Twitter may have something to say about all this, with the last few days seeing a concerted effort to promote Gillian Anderson into the role.

One keen fan mocked up a poster of Gillian, 007-style, something which evidently tickled the actress, who promptly shared it with her followers.

Or there's always… one of this lot (tap the first picture below to open the slideshow:

Damian Lewis

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