Next James Bond: Bear Grylls turned down 007 role – despite close similarities to spy

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So far in the James Bond lineage, the role of 007 has not yet been portrayed by a reality TV star. That almost changed this year with TV explorer Grylls being considered to play the spy. The 46-year-old recently revealed: “I have been approached to play Bond by a few people I can’t name.”

Although the heroic TV star would certainly fit the role of Bond, he went on to say that he turned it down.

Grylls said: “It’s flattering. I’m privileged to be considered. But I don’t want to appear too greedy. I’ve had so much more than I ever imagined and I’m grateful with that.”

Despite turning down the opportunity, he did add that he would “never say never”.

He also revealed that TV pal Jonathan Ross has always pointed at him as a good candidate for Bond.

Grylls said: “Jonathan is always saying: ‘Bear, you should be Bond.’”

Speaking about his love for the franchise, Grylls told The Sun on Sunday: “I grew up loving Bond films.

“It was such a landmark moment when a Bond film came out and you’d go to the cinema.”

While Grylls has turned the role down, he is uniquely similar to the fictional character.

Grylls went to the esteemed Eton College, just like Bond did.

What’s more, he also served in the SAS, which proves he has the skills to take on a plethora of bad guys like the legendary spy.

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The survivalist also speaks a number of languages, a skill which would also come in handy if he were to play the British hero.

Despite his real-life connections to 007 and being approached for the role, his odds on playing him are slim.

Leading bookmaker Ladbrokes have given Grylls a meagre 300/1 on becoming Bond after Daniel Craig’s final foray as the hero in No Time To Die.

Alex Apati commented: “Bear Grylls might be something of an adventure man but the role of Bond is a step too far as far as the odds are concerned.

“If nothing else, there’s not a cocktail out there that comes close to what we’ve seen Bear drink over the years so it’s hard to see him sipping on Martinis any time soon.”

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Grylls is beaten on the odds by current Bond favourite Tom Hardy.

Hardy’s popularity as the next Bond actor spiked last year after it was reported he had already been cast as 007 behind closed doors.

At the time of writing, Hardy’s odds on becoming the hero are at 2/1.

Hardy isn’t alone, however. He is followed closely by McMafia actor James Norton who also has an incredible 2/1 odds on donning the tuxedo.

These British actors are being chased by Netflix star Regé-Jean Page.

Page became a popular Bond contender over the holiday season after he appeared as the Duke of Hastings in the streaming service’s Bridgerton.

Bridgerton broke Netflix records when it became the most-streamed original series of all time on the streaming service.

James Bond No Time To Die is due for release October 8, 2021.

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