Who on earth will be the next James Bond? It’s a question that’s been on the lips of the film industry’s kingmakers since Daniel Craig first spoke about hanging up his tuxedo. Now that he has, following his fifth outing as the martini-sipping secret agent in No Time to Die, the rumor mill has gone into overdrive once again—and the frontrunners are slowly emerging.
Among them is Regé-Jean Page, Bridgerton’s dashing Duke of Hastings; Henry Golding, who won hearts in Crazy Rich Asians; and Lashana Lynch, who took on the 007 code name in the latest blockbuster while Bond was in exile. However, according to the franchise’s producer, Barbara Broccoli, it may be a while yet before a successor is named. “It’s going to take some time,” she recently told Variety. “It’s a big decision. It’s not just casting a role. It’s about a whole rethink about where we’re going.” Until then, browse the current contenders below.