AARON Taylor-Johnson is a surprise frontrunner who becomes the next James Bond after taking part in a top-secret screen test.
He’s a relative unknown compared to others considered to be the replacement for Daniel Craig, who ditched his tuxedo after five 007 films.
But sources say Aaron, who starred in the kick-ass films Avengers: Age of Ultron and 2014’s Godzilla, impressed Bond franchise boss Barbara Broccoli at his trial at Pinewood Studios.
A source said: “Aaron did a screen test to become the next Bond in September and the producers and Barbara loved him.
“He’s one of the front runners now.”
Aaron, 32, from High Wycombe, Bucks, had his breakthrough role in the 2009 John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy – he later married the film’s director Sam Taylor-Johnson, 55.
Speculations abounded about Craig’s successors, including Tom Hardy, James Norton and Idris Elba who were said to be in the frame.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s career debut came in 2001 on the series Armadillo, and the young star later went on to appear on hit TV shows like The Bill and Casualty.