Keeley Hawes has championed her Bodyguard co-star Richard Madden to become the next James Bond, saying he would make a "phenomenal" 007.

Scottish star Madden, who was previously best known for playing Rob Stark in Game of Thrones, is now one of the actors tipped to take over from Daniel Craig as Bond thanks to his Golden-Globe winning turn in the hit BBC drama Bodyguard.

Madden played stoic bodyguard David Budd in the show, while Hawes played Home Secretary Julia Montague.

Hawes believes he is the right actor to become Bond.

She told Radio Times: "I said to Richard while we were shooting 'this is like James Bond'."

"I would love to see Richard playing James Bond, I would love that. I think he would be phenomenal."

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32-year-old actor Madden had previously said he was "more than flattered to be mentioned" in the Bond conversation.

"It's a really brilliant thing to be in", he said.

Danny Boyle departed the next James Bond instalment due to "creative differences", with True Detective director Cary Joji Fukunaga stepping in to helm the next adventure.

The film will be released on February 14, 2020.

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