James Bond ‘casts huge British star’ as MI5 boss in iconic film franchise

Daisy May Cooper has reportedly been lined up to play MI5 boss M in the iconic James Bond films.

The British actress and comedian is well known for her roles in BBC Three's mockumentary This Country and Am I Being Unreasonable? which aired last year.

Bond bosses have reportedly said that they hope Daisy will be able to add a 'comedic edge' to the role, which has previously been played by legendary actors like Dame Judi Dench.

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The alleged casting talks came after her close pal Phoebe Waller-Bridge joined the franchise behind the scenes as a script consultant.

“Daisy is a close pal of Phoebe, whose involvement in Bond was such a success that it sparked an unlikely conversation," a source told The Sun.

“Suddenly the production team were getting excited about the prospect of really taking ‘M’ in a different direction.

“With Daniel leaving, it seemed the time to start looking at changes across the board and the dynamic between Bond and ‘M’ is at the heart of the films.

“So this opens the door to it being a bit lighter and more comedic going forwards — and will of course impact the direction the new 007 goes in too," the source revealed.

M's recasting comes after Daniel Craig, who played James Bond since 2008, featuring in five movies, departed the franchise, meaning a new actor would take on the leading role.

So far, Idris Elba and Bridgerton's Regé-Jean Page have been tipped to take over the role, but Idris has since confirmed he wouldn't be taking the acting gig on.

"You know, a lot of people talk about another character that begins with ‘J’ and ends with ‘B,’ but I’m not going to be that guy,” he told HuffPost.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson has recently made headlines for taking over as Bond, with sources claiming he's met with producers and had a screen test.

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