Netflix’s Bridgerton, a drama series set in London’s Regency era, has been a major success for the streaming conglomerate. In January 2021, the show, which EW dubbed a “horny historical romance”, was crowned Netflix’s fifth-largest original series of all time, and has been reportedly seen by over 63 million households. The show’s success has also thrust one of its stars, Regé-Jean Page, who plays the smoldering Duke of Hastings, directly into the “next James Bond” casting race.
Many fans would love to see Page in a tux holstering a Walther. He’s charming, good-looking, and … oh right, British. On a recent appearance on The Tonight Show, the Mortal Engines actor addressed the Bond rumors, positing his belief that telling a British actor he’d make a good Bond (or, as he puts it, the “B-word”) is just a common way to compliment them. “It’s like a merit badge, like the ‘B-word’ merit badge … I’m very, very glad to have the badge. I’m glad to be in such wonderful company of people who have the badge … but it’s a badge.”
Regardless of whether or not he believes he could actually play 007, Page apparently enjoys fueling the fan-casting fire. He tweeted a video of himself captioned: “Regency, royalty … Shaken and stirred” in December 2020. Could he actually mean shaken, not stirred? Only time will tell.