For several months, it has become increasingly clear that Daniel Craig will probably not continue to play James Bond in future films.
Rumors of Craig's eventual replacement have naturally been forthcoming. Tom Hiddleston has reportedly expressed considerable interest in the role, according to the New York Daily News. Other actors under consideration include Idris Elba of "The Wire" and "Luther," as well as Damien Lewis of "Homeland."
An online fan campaign has enlisted a new candidate for the Bond role: Gillian Anderson, formerly of "The X-Files."
Anderson responded positively to the campaign, tweeting on May 21:
"It's Bond. Jane Bond. Thanks for all the votes!"
She also posted a fan-made 007 poster featuring Anderson in the center.
Selecting a female to play the role of a character which has always been written and thought of as a man would certainly take the franchise in a new and different direction.
Last week, it was reported that Craig turned down roughly $85 million to star in two further James Bond films, the Independent reports. However, two separate sources shot down this rumor and said that Craig is not likely to make a final decision on the matter for some time.
In an October 2015 interview, Craig indicated that the only reason he would return to the franchise would be for the money.
Speaking to Time Out London, he said:
"Now? I'd rather break this glass and slash my wrists. No, not at the moment. Not at all. That's fine. I'm over it at the moment. We're done. All I want to do is move on."
Anderson is currently filming "The Fall," after recently starring in an "X-Files" reboot.