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Aidan Turner backed as the next James Bond

Aidan Turner backed as the next James Bond

Aidan Turner has been backed to be the next James Bond by his 'Poldark' predecessor Robin Ellis.

The 33-year-old actor has recently been wowing viewers in his role as the titular character in 'Poldark', and he has now been tipped to take on 007 by the man who played the handsome Ross Poldark in the original 1970s version of the BBC series.

Robin Ellis, 74, now plays Reverend Halse in the 'Poldark' remake, has said that his successor has been doing a "wonderful job as Ross" and thinks he is "quite capable" of taking on the role of James Bond.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror newspaper, he said: "I like Aidan. I think he's doing a wonderful job as Ross. He looks great and has a brooding presence. He's registered enormously with the public, and that's terrific.

"I think he'd be an excellent Bond. Aidan is a good actor, and the first 007, Sean Connery, was a very good actor. Aidan is quite capable of doing that part. Good luck to him if he gets it. I'll be very pleased for him."

Robin's backing comes after it was recently revealed that Aidan's name had made it onto the shortlist of actors that MGM bosses were looking at to cast as the suave spy if Daniel Craig continues with his threat to quit the franchise. Other names that made the cut include 'Luther' star Idris Elba, 'Fast and Furious' actor Luke Evans, and 'Thor's Tom Hiddleston.

Speaking at the time, a source said: "To get anyone to take over from Daniel will be a tough job. MGM are confident that they are in a pretty strong place with a raft of talent available."