James Bond bosses rule out two A-listers as next 007

THE next person to play James Bond should be in his 30s, according to the films’ producer.

It means previous hot favourites for the role including Idris Elba, 50, Tom Hardy, 45, and Tom Hiddleston, 41, will be out of the running.

Tom Hardy is out of the running to be the next 007 after a producer said the role should be filled by an actor in his 30s

Tom Hardy is out of the running to be the next 007 after a producer said the role should be filled by an actor in his 30sCredit: Rex
Idris Elba, 50, was a hot favourite to become the next 007

Idris Elba, 50, was a hot favourite to become the next 007Credit: PA

But it leaves the door open for Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page, 34, Bodyguard actor Richard Madden, 36, and Superman star Henry Cavill, 39.

Daniel Craig, 54, stepped down as 007 last year after five films in 15 years.

Bond producer Michael G. Wilson said: “We’ve tried looking at younger people in the past.

“But trying to visualise it doesn’t work. Remember, Bond’s already a veteran.

“He’s had some experience. He’s a person who has been through the wars, so to speak. He’s probably been in the SAS or something.

“He isn’t some kid out of high school that you can bring in and start off. That’s why it works for a 30-something.”

Daniel Craig, 54, stepped down as 007 last year after five films in 15 years

Daniel Craig, 54, stepped down as 007 last year after five films in 15 yearsCredit: Alamy
Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page, 34, is now a hot favourite to be the next James Bond

Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page, 34, is now a hot favourite to be the next James BondCredit: Getty
Superman star Henry Cavill, 39, is also in the running

Superman star Henry Cavill, 39, is also in the runningCredit: Getty