British-Nigerian Actor Who Co-Starred in Anthony Mackie’s Netflix Movie Giving Henry Cavill Tough Competition in James Bond Race

British-Nigerian Actor Who Co-Starred in Anthony Mackie's Netflix Movie Giving Henry Cavill Tough Competition in James Bond Race
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As the search continues for Daniel Craig’s James Bond successor, an exciting new contender has entered the fray. British-Nigerian actor Damson Idris has rapidly emerged as a top choice, giving early frontrunners like Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Henry Cavill some sudden stiff competition. Idris gained attention co-starring alongside Anthony Mackie in Netflix’s Outside the Wire. Now the rising star could potentially make history as the first Black actor to take on the iconic 007 role.


Fresh Face Bringing Diversity to James Bond Franchise

As producers seek a new Bond who will modernize the franchise, Idris offers an intriguing upside. An Entertainment Betting expert according to Greek Reporter said,

“Damson Idris has come from nowhere to be the 2/1 favorite to be the next James Bond with no rumors linking him to the role but an apparent flurry of bets being placed on the British actor to star as the famous secret agent.”

Damson Idris
Damson Idris

With his chiseled features, the handsome London native would bring diversity to the classic spy role. Idris exploded onto the scene as the intense rookie CIA agent in Outside the Wire. His magnetic performance captured Bond’s swaggering charisma. The speculative momentum propelling Idris makes him a Bond candidate to watch out for.


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Damson Idris is Giving Henry Cavill a Run For His Money

Thus far, Superman star Henry Cavill led the betting odds to inherit Bond’s mantle. But rising star Damson Idris has closed the gap behind Cavill’s star power.

In a conversation with Hip Hollywood, Idris said,


“It’s an iconic character,” he said. “I don’t know, do I look like I could play Bond? Oh brilliant, well maybe it could happen. Who knows?”

Henry Cavill
Henry Cavill

While Cavill boasts major credits in The Witcher and Man of Steel, Idris offers alluring potential as a new face. For now, the Bond derby remains a close race between these dueling British leading men.

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The Next Chapter of 007

If chosen, Damson Idris would make monumental progress as the first Black actor to officially take the 007 codename.


Idris was born in Peckham, and raised in a working-class home by Nigerian immigrant parents. His uncommon path to stardom makes him an inspiring Bond possibility. And Idris has already shown range beyond playing the spy himself. In Snowfall, he portrays notorious drug kingpin Franklin Saint.

Damson Idris
Damson Idris

While nothing is certain yet in the ever-changing Bond conversation, this rising English talent has captured attention. Damson Idris possesses the charm, strength, and magnetism to potentially make 007 history. Paired with an experienced director, he could thrive as a trailblazing new heir to the Bond legacy. For now, Idris remains firmly in contention for one of the most coveted roles in cinema.

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So will Idris ultimately unseat Cavill atop the odds board? Can he become both the first Black Bond and the suave spy’s next great incarnation? The buzz will continue building around this promising rising star until the studio provides any confirmation and we are here for it.

Source: NME, Express


Written by Jagriti Murjani

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