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Luke Evans says he ‘would jump at the chance’ to play the next James Bond

Actor Luke Evans has said he would be interested in playing James Bond when Daniel Craig steps down from the role after his next outing as the British spy.

It would make him the second Welshman to take on the iconic role, following Timothy Dalton.

In an interview with The Mirror, he said: "I think I’ve cut my teeth very well in movies I’ve done and I’ve enjoyed every second of it. It’s a phenomenal job, a phenomenal franchise, an incredible role.

"I have to say though, it’s a daunting task for any actor to play the role after Daniel Craig. No one knows what’s happening.

"It’s a very secretive process and it’s a wonderful role. I would jump at the chance, as would many actors in my position, so we shall see.

"It will be an exciting casting moment for the Bond production and I wish whoever gets it the best of luck."

The Welshman already has a raft of acting roles under his belt including star turns as Gaston in Disney’s live action Beauty And The Beast, Bard in The Hobbit films, and as Owen Shaw in the Fast And Furious franchise.

He has most recently appeared in ITV’s The Pembrokeshire Murders.

Evans is the latest star to throw his name into the ring ahead of Craig’s last Bond film being released later this year.

Rene-Jean Page, who has just departed Netflix’s Bridgerton, is the bookies’ favourite to be given the role, alongside the likes of Outlander star Sam Heughan and the man who brought Bane to life in the Dark Knight films, Tom Hardy.

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