THE next actor who looks most likely to take on the role of 007 as Daniel Craig's successor lives in a town in Somerset.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson, from Bruton, is reportedly set to be the next actor to play fictional spy James Bond.

The 33-year-old British star, who rose to fame as a superhero in Kick-Ass and played John Lennon in Nowhere Boy, has been touted as the next 007 for some time after Chester-born Daniel Craig stepped down.

The Sun reported that Eon Productions, which has made most of the films in the series adapted from Ian Fleming’s novels, has offered Taylor-Johnson the main role.

The newspaper said he is likely to sign the contract and start filming this year at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire.

On Monday, March 18, Ladbrokes said the actor is still favourite to replace Craig, who bowed out of the franchise in 2021’s No Time To Die.

The odds put him ahead of Man Of Steel and The Witcher star Henry Cavill, Snowfall actor Damson Idris, and have added Lady Macbeth star Cosmo Jarvis after he starred in Disney+ Japan-set mini series Shogun.

Taylor-Johnson has just finished Marvel superhero film Kraven The Hunter after playing the title character and Spider-Man villain. He is also set to appear in The Fall Guy, starring Ryan Gosling.

Last week, he was asked about Bond by Numero Magazine and said: “I find it charming and wonderful that people see me in that role. I take it as a great compliment.”

Higson, who is also an actor and has written the young Bond series, told the PA news agency in May 2023 that if an actor is talked about as 'being considered' as the next 007 'you know that they’ve been rejected'.

He also said: “Eon (Productions), who make the films, play their cards very close to the chest and a lot of times they really surprise people… in particular, Daniel Craig.

"Nobody had any idea at all that he might be Bond and, if you’d been asked in advance, you’d have said ‘Daniel Craig, James Bond? Surely not’.”

Taylor-Johnson previously appeared in Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Nocturnal Animals.

He has two daughters with wife Sam Taylor-Johnson, as well as two stepdaughters.

The couple met on the set of Nowhere Boy, which she was directing.

Additional reporting from PA News Agency.