Edinburgh actor Jack Lowden has slim chances in the race for the role of James Bond

It’s been almost 40 years since he’s been played by an Edinburgh actor, but could the next James Bond be dispatched to Her Majesty’s Secret Service from the capital?

Leith-based actor Jack Lowden has seen his chances of becoming the country’s most notorious spy reduced in recent days as rumors swirl about the next man to take up the mantle after Daniel Craig.

Ever since Sean Connery reprized his role as 007 in 1983’s ‘Never Say Never Again’, Bond – who was educated at Fettes College in the Ian Fleming novels – hasn’t been played by a man from Edinburgh.

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However, Dunkirk star Lowden now has an outside chance against stiff competition from Idris Elba, Henry Cavill and current favorite Regé-Jean Page.

Fellow Scots Sam Heughan and Richard Madden are also rumored to be under consideration for the sequel to 2021’s ‘No Time to Die’ – Craig’s Bond’s latest outing.

Born in England and raised in the Borders, Lowden cut his teeth in the capital after a brief flirtation with ballet alongside his brother Callum at Manor School.

He then joined the Scottish Youth Theater and took on the role of John in the King’s Theater pantomime production of Peter Pan at the age of 12.

He landed a major role as an RAF Collins pilot in Christopher Nolan’s wartime epic, but a varied acting resume also includes roles as the star of an Irn Bru advert based on High. School Musical, former Smiths frontman Morrissey in England is mine, a pro wrestler in ‘Fighting With My Family’, and Mary Queen of Scots husband Lord Darnley in the historic biopic – where he met his wife. current partner and fellow actor Saoirse Ronan.

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A spokesman for bookmaker William Hill said: “While perhaps less well known than some of the other names in the market, Jack Lowden is a perfect fit for 007 thanks to his Scottish connection, which could see him pick up where Sean Connery is gone. disabled.

“And with producers confirming they’re headed in a slightly different direction for the upcoming cast, actors seeing market shifts like Lowden could be a sign of where things are headed.”

Lowden is currently placed at 28-1, with Madden at 8-1 and Heughan at 16-1.

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