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Vin Diesel Says 'Blood Shot' Co-Star Sam Heughan Should be the Next James Bond

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By Joe Allen

Even though "No Time to Die," Daniel Craig's final film as James Bond, has been delayed until November, there's still plenty of speculation about who will be cast in the role after Craig steps down.

One of the names in the running for the part is "Outlander" star Sam Heughan. Now, Heughan is getting a big-time endorsement from Vin Diesel, was his co-star in"Bloodshot." Diesel also reportedly said that Heughan would be good for pretty much any part that you threw at him.

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According to [Herald Scotland] (, Diesel things Heughan is an obvious pick for the role. “Of course he’d make a good James Bond. He’d make a good anything,” Diesel said.

In "Bloodshot," Heughan plays a super soldier, which was directed by David Wilson.

Wilson also chimed in with his support of casting Heughan as Bond, saying the actor was “very gracious with his talents.”

“I would be there opening weekend for Sam as James Bond,” Wilson reportedly said of the rumors he would be cast.

Sam Heughan on the red carpet
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Heughan is definitely near the top of the list to be the next bond, but he's not the only major contender for the part. Richard Madden, Idris Elba, Henry Cavill, and James Norton have all had their names mentioned in connection with the part, and it's unclear which actor is the frontrunner for the role.

When he was asked if he would be willing to play Bond, Heughan said he would definitely consider it, even though it would bring more fame with it.

Richard Madden on the red carpet
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“It’s not a no," Heughan said when asked if he would be willing to take on the role, according to Radio Times. Currently, Heughan is having plenty of success with his central role on "Outlander," but being cast as James Bond would bring him to a different level of fame altogether.

Whoever winds up being cast, it could likely be someone who isn't already a widely-known figure. In casting someone lesser known, the Bond franchise could work to establish a new movie star through the movies.

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Craig has made five Bond movies in total, beginning with 2006's "Casino Royale." In the past, he's been open about his rather mixed feelings about the franchise, and the overall impact it's had on his career.

Still, there will be plenty of Bond fans who will be nostalgic for the era that Craig represented. His Bond was cold and calculating, and appealing in part because he always seemed to be keeping you at a distance. Whoever gets cast next will have some big shoes to fill.

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