James Bond: Liverpool-born actors who could take over from Daniel Craig as the next 007

Daniel Craig stars as James Bond for the last time in No Time To Die which opens at cinemas this weekend. But who will take on the new 007 role?

Jodie Comer gave a tour de force performance as care home assistant Sarah in the Channel 4 drama Help

There has been plenty of speculation as to who will be his successor, with Tom Hardy currently the favourite with the bookies.

But we have plenty of talent to choose from right here in Merseyside. Could the next super suave secret agent come from this lot?

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Taron Egerton

Taron Egerton attends the EE British Academy Film Awards 2020. Image: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

The Birkenhead-born actor already has experience of an action spy film starring as Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin in the 2014 hit film Kingsman: The Secret Service, with Colin Firth, Michael Caine and Samuel L. Jackson.

Taron moved to Anglesey when he was 12 where he spent the rest of his teenage years.

Peter Serafinowicz

Peter Serafinowicz has spy credentials and makes a great villain. Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Serafinowicz was born in Gateacre and also has spy credentials starring as Aldo in the 2015 action comedy film Spy.

The 6ft 5in actor and comedian was also in Guardians of the Galaxy and Shaun of the Dead. He was the sinister voice of Darth Maul in Star Wars Episode 1: A Phantom Menace.

He might make an excellent Bond villain too.

Dominic Purcell

Dominic Purcell: Could he make the leap from Mission Impossible to James Bond? Photo: Shutterstock

Purcell played Lincoln Burrows in Fox’s Prison Break and was born in Wallasey but raised in Australia from the age of two.

He’s a Reds fan and has starred in Mission Impossible II, Primeval and Blade: Trinity. He has played a retired SAS operative in The Killer Elite.

His physique might make him suitable for Bond or a Bond villain.

Jodie Comer

Jodie Comer: From assassin to secret agent? Photo: Amy Sussman/Getty Images

Jodie Comer rose to fame after taking on the role of psychopath Villanelle in the BBC’s Killing Eve. She has been praised for her role as a carer in Channel 4 drama Help, set in a fictional Liverpool care home.

Comer grew up in Childwall and was given a Best Actress award at the BAFTAs in June 2019.

She as already hinted that she could play a Bond villian, but could she also be the first female Bond?

Stephen Graham

Stephen Graham has quite an acting CV for villainy. Photo: Joe Maher/Getty Images

Sorry Stephen, but it would probably be more of a Bond villain role for you.

A brilliant actor, but a filmography that includes Gangs of New York, Public Enemies, The Irishman and Al Capone in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire has ‘future Bond baddie’ written all over it.

The man from Kirkby, who starred alongside fellow Scouser Comer in Help, did play Chief Inspector Heat in the TV mini series The Secret Agent though.