AN actor who played James Bond villain Elliot Carver in the film Tomorrow Never Dies has commended an actor from Somerset who looks set to be the next 007.

Sir Jonathan Pryce, 76, played the title character in the BBC drama Sherlock Holmes And The Baker Street Irregulars opposite Aaron Taylor-Johnson, from Bruton, who is heavily backed to be the next James Bond actor.

Sir Jonathan told ITV’s Good Morning Britain that he worked with the English actor, 33, who starred in Nowhere Boy, when he was a teenager and has watched him develop as an actor.

“It’s interesting to bring talk about Bond because even at that age, he was quite the ladies’ man," Sir Johnathan said.

“He’s grown into a wonderful actor, and when he was a little younger, he did this extraordinary sort of action film (Kick-Ass) where he played a superhero.

“And he’s great, look at him now, he’s black tie, handsome and yeah, he’d be a great Bond.”