If Outlander author Diana Gabaldon had her way, Sam Heughan would be the next James Bond. Heughan’s name has been thrown in the mix to play the iconic spy, and while the franchise has yet to appoint a new bond, Gabaldon thinks Heughan is perfect for the role.
Gabaldon dished on Heughan playing Bond while talking about the new season of Outlander. The author believes Heughan would be a good choice for the role, though she admittedly is not sure if he has a shot of landing it.
— Elizabeth (@nurseliz165) September 19, 2018
If Heughan did get the part, Gabaldon is confident that he would keep playing Jamie Fraser on Outlander and do the Bond gig on the side.
“Sam would do a fine job of it,” she said.
Heughan noticed Gabaldon’s comments and responded with a quick note on Twitter. The Outlander star wrote: “Cheers Gabs. Or should I say, Moneypenny.”
The Bond speculation follows a turbulent month for the franchise. Director Danny Boyle recently stepped down and will not be directing Daniel Craig’s final movie. Boyle’s exit pushed the premiere date for the next Bond flick back until 2010.
The film was originally slated to hit theaters next year, which means casting the next Bond might not take place until well after 2020.
Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan from @Outlander_STARZ would be a great pair to host SNL! Check out this clip with @joshuahorowitz from MTV's After Hours! They were hilarious! @caitrionambalfe @SamHeughan https://t.co/dH6L8qI188 pic.twitter.com/n4Aa1vzh6N
— Sherry Riley (@txsherbear) August 28, 2018
While Heughan won’t be appearing as Bond anytime soon, he and Outlander co-star Caitriona Balfe might be coming to Saturday Night Live in the near future. The late night show asked its social media followers for some host suggestions, and Outlander fans quickly recommended Heughan and Balfe for the gig. Within a few hours, the tweet garnered 3,500 likes and almost 500 shares.
There’s no telling if Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe will get a call from SNL to host, but we are pretty confident they would be great at it.
Season 4 of Outlander premieres Nov. 4 on Starz.