The 44-year-old actor, Damian Lewis, has been given ‘an unofficial nod’ that he will take over from Daniel Craig. ‘Daniel excels in the role and there is no pressure on him to step down. But if he does, people close to Damian have had an unofficial nod he is the number one choice.’ Lewis’ acting CV includes The Forsyte Saga and Band of Brothers but it was his role as Nicholas Brody in gritty Showtime thriller Homeland that brought him international acclaim. Damian has previously said that he’d love to take on the iconic role telling Esquire: ‘It would be wonderful. Daniel Craig is doing an amazing job and will continue for a bit.