Next James Bond teased as favourite has already filmed gun barrel shot scene

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    The bookies favourite to be the next James Bond is rumoured to have already filmed the iconic opening scene for the film franchise.

    The Sun reports that Bullet Train and Kick Ass star Aaron Taylor-Johnson, 32, has already filmed the classic gun-shot 007 barrel teaser, with filmmaker Eon Productions set to reveal the next James Bond star in March 2023.

    However, there has been no confirmation from Eon Productions or Aaron Taylor-Johnson that the star has signed to be the next Bond.

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    Instead, a movie insider has told The Sun that filming the iconic gun-shot barrel scene takes Aaron "one step closer to signing a deal."

    They said: "Aaron has impressed bosses so much that he has filmed one of the franchise’s famous gun barrel teaser scenes, something all the Bond actors do. That move takes him a step closer to signing a deal.

    "Bosses at the brand were really impressed with his unique blend of acting intensity and his impressive back catalogue of action films."

    The news follows reports that the Bullet Train star has also completed a top secret screen test at Pinewood Studios, Berkshire last month.

    Aaron is the current favourite to take over the role of James Bond, with bookmaker William Hill stating that the actor is the odds-on leader at 4/5.

    However, a number of actors are tipped to take over from Daniel Craig, 54, who stepped away from the role after starring in five James Bond films – Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, Spectre and No Time To Die.

    Producers have since ruled out favourites including Idris Elba and Tom Hiddleston, after saying that "the next Bond should be in his 30s."

    Following closely behind Aaron is Superman and Enola Holmes star Henry Cavill, with odds of 11/2, followed by Chiwetel Ejiofor with odds of 7/1.

    Former Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens, Richard Madden and Bridgerton icon Rege-Jean Page are also contenders for the role, with odds of 8/1 and 9/1 respectively.

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