Lucifer star Tom Ellis could be the perfect candidate to play the next 007 after Daniel Craig’s departure from iconic James Bond films, according to his co-stars.
Cast members of the hit fantasy TV series have revealed they have named Ellis to the producers as a potential candidate in the ongoing hunt for Craig’s replacement.
Speaking to DailyMail.com at Regard magazine’s summer issue release party in Los Angeles, co-stars Kevin Alejandro, 46, and Tricia Helfer, 48, said the actor “beautiful” and “muscular” had the “complete package” to play the iconic spy.
“Anything about Tom would make him a great Bond. Tom embodies everything James Bond should be,” said Alejandro, who played Detective Dan Espinoza on the show and directed several episodes.
“He’s handsome, smart and fucking ripped. And he’s Tom fucking Ellis.
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Lucifer star Tom Ellis (left) could be the perfect candidate to replace Daniel Craig in iconic James Bond films, according to his co-stars
Ellis, from Cardiff, Wales, became a global star with his role as the fallen angel and ‘Lord of Hell’ in Lucifer, one of Netflix’s most-watched series.
Helfer, who played Lucifer’s mother on the show, echoed Alejandro’s sentiments, telling DailyMail.com, “Tom is the complete package.”
“Not only is he incredibly charming, but he’s a lovely human being and a super professional.
“He took his number one role on Lucifer very seriously, welcoming everyone, was into the music and every aspect of it. And he would translate that to Bond.
“He also got in shape during Lucifer. In seasons two and three, he came back muscular, so he managed to do that.
Former model Helfer admitted that Ellis, who also starred in hit BBC comedy Miranda, wouldn’t hesitate to strip naked for 007’s obligatory bedroom scenes – and with a wry smile urged Bond producers to “look very good” at the star.
The actor stripped naked for an episode of the series, which follows a bored Satan who decides to run a Los Angeles nightclub called Lux after abandoning his throne in the underworld.
The Ellis co-stars, along with showrunner Chris Rafferty, have also messaged Bond producer Barbara Broccoli to cast the Welshman as the lead in the franchise’s next installment.
“Tom is tall, he’s British and he looks great in a suit,” Rafferty said. “I don’t know if Tom has ever held a gun. I would love to see Tom holding a gun. He never held one as Lucifer. I totally agree.’
Speaking to DailyMail.com at Regard magazine’s summer issue release party in Los Angeles, co-star Kevin Alejandro, who played Detective Dan Espinoza on Lucifer and directed several episodes, said that ‘Ellis ’embodies everything James Bond should be’.
Lucifer aired on Fox until it was canceled in 2018. The series was then picked up by Netflix for a fourth season in 2019, with its final season airing in September 2021.
Rafferty explained that Ellis already shares a bizarre trait with Bond of playing with the cufflinks on his shirt while talking to people.
As well-suited as he may seem, Ellis would definitely have big shoes to fill for the role, which has been played by Hollywood legends such as Sean Connery, Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan since the 1960s.
Current Bond Craig, 54, is the most successful box office 007 of all time, but now he’s stepping down. Broccoli franchise executive producers and Michael G. Wilson research and audition potential candidates.
Despite the recommendations of his colleagues, Broccoli and Wilson keep their cards close to their chests in their hunt for the next 007.
Craig, who quit after 2021’s No Time To Die, made them $4 billion at the box office in a 15-year run.
Bookmakers are betting on stars such as Tom Hardy, Henry Cavill, Rege Jean Page, Tom Hiddleston, Sam Heughan and Idris Elba as the next potential 007 – leaving Ellis as the underdog.
But Broccoli is famous for dodging the ‘obvious choice’ or bookmakers’ favorites for the spy role.
Tricia Helfer, who played Lucifer’s mother on the show, echoed Alejandro’s sentiments, telling DailyMail.com, “Tom is the complete package.” She is pictured at the launch party for Regard magazine’s summer issue last week
Former model Helfer (pictured on the show) admitted Ellis wouldn’t mind stripping naked for 007’s mandatory bedroom scenes
Ellis, 43, from Cardiff, landed his first big acting job in 2006 when he joined the cast of British soap opera EastEnders.
His breakout role would come a few years later when he was cast as Gary in Miranda.
He then moved to the United States to pursue bigger roles and eventually became a global star as the fallen angel and “Lord of Hell” in Lucifer, one of Netflix’s most-watched series.
The show aired on Fox for three seasons until 2018 when it was canceled due to poor ratings.
News of the cancellation shocked fans who quickly started a petition to keep the show running on a new network.
The series was picked up by Netflix for a fourth season in 2019, with its final season airing in September 2021.
Ellis won Best Actor at the National Film and Television Awards, USA, and a Pop Icon award at the Hollywood Critics Association Television Awards last year.
He would be the second Welsh 007 since former Bond actor Timothy Dalton was born in Colwyn Bay.
Last year, Ellis told DailyMail.com at the 14th annual George Lopez Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic that Bond would be a dream role.
As well-suited to the role as he may seem, Ellis would definitely have some big shoes to fill when it comes to playing the iconic spy.
Daniel Craig, 54, is the most successful box office 007 of all time, but now that he is stepping down, the franchise’s executive producers are scouting and auditioning potential candidates
“If I was offered it, I would snatch it,” he said. “I’m very happy not to be on this list and waiting to see what happens.”
He said his career has shown him a wide range of acting skills, from comedy to gritty drama.
“I feel lucky to have been able to cross all these different genres,” he said.
“I started playing because I liked the variety of things it involved.
“And to be able to have that in my career is kind of a blessing. I’m very grateful actually.
Ellis is still amazed at how fans’ love for him and the show helped save Lucifer from television’s trash in 2018.
“Social media has changed everything. Fans have a voice, they are not always listened to,” he said.
“But if they talk in quantity like they did with us, it proves that people want to watch.” We’ve gone from a canceled show to the most-watched show on Netflix. It’s crazy what happened.
Alejandro (left) and Lucifer showrunner Chris Rafferty attend REGARD magazine’s summer issue launch party
Chris Rafferty agreed with the cast members and explained that Ellis already shares an eccentric trait with Bond of playing with the cufflinks on his shirt while talking to people.
Ellis added that extensions on series allow fans to shut down.
“I think people’s biggest frustration is that they don’t see their story finished,” he said.
“It’s like having a book ripped out of you before you’ve finished it. So knowing that it’s possible to say, ‘Hey wait a minute, we were watching this,’ and if they speak loudly and tenaciously , there is a chance that they will see the end of their story. It is a great feeling.
The actors spoke at the launch party for the summer issue of Regard magazine presented by BURN180 and organized by Helfer.
Regard is a digital fashion and lifestyle magazine founded in February 2010 by fashion photographer, Dimitry Loiseau, and hair and makeup artist, Valérie Noble.