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Sam Worthington as new James Bond?

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Hollywood's hottest leading man could be 007 if Daniel Craig can't wait out MGM's cash troubles...

Worthington - the next James Bond?

Auntie Beeb reports that Tinseltown's favourite leading man, who must surely be quadruple-booked for the next two years, is tipped as a strong possibility to replace Daniel Craig as British secret agent James Bond after the next delayed outing, for which Craig is still slated.

British betting agent William Hill places the 33 year-old actor as the 5/2 favourite in the event that Daniel Craig bows out of the next installment. EON productions, who own the rights to Bond, have hit  a stumbling block to Bond 23 in that locked-in distributor MGM are currently in need of a buyer, and the recent round of offers are not that impressive.

The longest Bond hiatus to date was that between Timothy Dalton's Licence To Kill in 1989 and Pierce Brosnan's lauded entry as 007 in 1995's Goldeneye. This is a franchise that can survive a very long break, and has as much license-to-reboot as Doctor Who, so it's even possible that we shaln't see Bond again until the current recession completely rides itself out. EON have alluded to the possibility of finding a new distributor, but such a move risks legal traps that could lock the franchise for far longer than it takes MGM to either be subsumed or to restore its fortunes.

Since so many of his roles are American, many Bond fans may be unaware that Sam Worthington was born in Godalming, Surrey, England, and would in fact be only the third native Englishman ever to play the English-born agent (along with Roger Moore and Daniel Craig - Dalton was born in Wales, Connery in Scotland, Lazenby in Australia, Brosnan in Ireland).

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