Bodyguard actor Richard Madden has spoken about the fervent speculation that he could become the next James Bond, saying he's "more than flattered".

The actor, best known for playing Robb Stark in Game of Thrones before his starring turn in the BBC's hit drama Bodyguard, tried to downplay the 007 rumours but did not squash them entirely.

He told GQ magazine about the post-Bodyguard James Bond rumours: "This is what happens with all these shows, like Tom Hiddleston in The Night Manager. Then there's the next one. I'm the next one.

"Everyone just loves the rumour mill on that topic. I'm just the current one. There'll be a different one next week."

However, the 32-year-old Scottish star admitted that it was "lovely" to be linked to the iconic role, currently inhabited by Daniel Craig.

"I'm more than flattered to be mentioned, for people to consider putting me in that role," he said. "I'm very flattered and thankful. It's a really brilliant thing to be in."

Madden seemed to fuel speculation that he'd jump at the chance to play Bond when he continued: "I don't want to curse anything by saying anything.

"I think that's the curse of that. If you talk about it, you'll curse it."

When asked if he was a Bond fan, Madden said: "I love the movies. I've read all the books."

Northern Irish actor Jamie Dornan recently said it was "cool" to be one of the stars touted to become the next James Bond.

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