Bridgerton: First look at season 2 from Shondaland
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Ruby Barker, 25, has backed her Bridgerton co-star Regé-Jean Page, 33, to become the next James Bond. The Marina Thompson actress spoke about the speculation, which exploded after the Duke of Hastings actor sensationally quit his role in Bridgerton earlier this year.
Rumours have been swirling about Page becoming 007 ever since Daniel Craig’s final film as the iconic character, No Time To Die, was released in cinemas.
Addressing the speculation, Ruby insisted in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk that Page would make a “brilliant” James Bond.
The Netflix star said: “I mean, like, I don’t know, I have absolutely no idea.
“But that would be brilliant. That’d be brilliant.
“I mean, who knows if, or when, or how?
“But I mean, who wouldn’t want to see that?”
Ladbrokes’ favourite to be the next James Bond is Page.
He is closely followed at 4/1 by acting Batman actor Tom Hardy.
Alongside Ruby’s seal of approval, Pierce Brosnan, who played James Bond in the late 90s, said Page would be a “wonderful” choice for the next 007.
The actor told Entertainment Tonight: “I think he would be wonderful.
“Good luck, good luck.”
However, Page recently denied the rumours while speaking to GQ.
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The Bridgerton heartthrob revealed: “Well, of all the things you’ll read about yourself on the internet, it’s one of the more pleasant and more flattering.
“But I take it and leave it at that, personally.”
It comes after the official Bridgerton Instagram account shared the sad news of Page’s departure from the series in a statement presented as a note from Lady Whistledown back in April.
The announcement read: “Dear Readers, While all eyes turn to Lord Anthony Bridgerton’s quest to find a Viscountess, we bid adieu to Regé-Jean Page, who so triumphantly played the Duke of Hastings.
“We’ll miss Simon’s presence onscreen, but he will always be a part of the Bridgerton family.
“Daphne will remain a devoted wife and sister, helping her brother navigate the upcoming social season and what it has to offer—more intrigue and romance than my readers may be able to bear.”
Page also confirmed the news by retweeting the Netflix statement and adding: “Pleasure and a privilege!
“An honour to be a member of the family – on and off screen, cast, crew and incredible fans – the love is real and will just keep growing.”
Ruby Barker is an ambassador for Raleigh International, one of the 900 charities which participated in this year’s The Big Give Christmas Challenge, the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign which this year raised £21.1 million www.thebiggive.org.uk
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