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Surrey's Tom Hardy reportedly cast in James Bond as Daniel Craig's successor

The Hollywood star went to a Surrey school and was spotted in Guildford just days ago

Hollywood star Tom Hardy will be taking over the James Bond role as Daniel Craig's successor, according to reports.

Although the news has not been officially confirmed, The Vulcan Reporter claims the casting decision has been made and adds that the public announcement is expected either towards the end of 2020 or in early 2021.

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The 007 movie No Time To Die is to be Daniel Craig's fifth and final film. Its original release date, in April, was delayed due to the spread of coronavirus.

Producers moved the release back to November and with that in mind, fans have been excitedly speculating about who will step into Craig's shiny shoes.

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It is, of course, particularly exciting news for Surrey as Tom Hardy lives locally. If you went to Reed's School you may well have sat in the same classroom as him, as he was educated at the Cobham premises.

Only last week, on September 15, the Peaky Blinders star was spotted in Guildford as he celebrated his 43rd birthday.

Experience Guildford tweeted on the day: "Town rangers Justin and Huw met Tom Hardy on Tunsgate earlier today! Best Tuesday ever?"

Ben Darnton, owner of Ben's Collector's Records in Tunsgate, heard Mr Hardy pull up outside his shop at around 1.30pm and said he arrived in a "very swanky" grey Audi.

Hardy is one of a number of actors who have previously been rumoured to play the next Bond, with others including Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba and Richard Madden.

He has starred in numerous TV series and blockbusters including Mad Max, Venom, Inception, The Revenant and Peaky Blinders.

No Time To Die is due to be released on November 12 in the UK and will be the 25th film in the franchise.

No Time To Die finds Bond after he has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica when his old friend Felix Leiter, played by Jeffrey Wright, from the CIA turns up asking for help.

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