Jason Statham, the British actor currently starring in Paul Feig's secret agent romp Spy, has thrown his hat in the ring to play James Bond. Daniel Craig is believed to have two more 007 movies left on his contract - including this year's Spectre - and numerous actors have expressed their interest in the role.

Jason StathamJason Statham is currently starring in Paul Feig's Spy

"Could I do it? Abso-f*cking-lutely," he told the Guardian when quizzed on the Bond role. "Would I do it? Abso-f*cking-lutely. Is Daniel Craig a great Bond? Abso-f*cking-lutely."

"Yeah, I'd make a decent Bond," he added, "But it'd be very, very different if I did it."

When asked about the potential of playing a villain, Statham was less enthusiastic, saying, "Er...I don't know if I wanna to do that. That's not my thing. I'd rather play the other guy."

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Statham's connection to the Bond role is given greater credence by the fact that he is to star in Viva La Madness - the sequel to Layer Cake, which was widely considered to be Craig's 'audition' for the Bond role.

Still, Statham remains the 66-1 outsider to become the next Bond, with Idris Elba still the strong favourite. Tom Hardy, Henry Cavill and Michael Fassbender are next in the betting, with Michael Fassbender, Luke Evans and former Downton Abbey actor Dan Stevens also fancied.

Spy, which stars Melissa McCarthy as an unlikely secret agent, hits theaters this weekend on the back of hugely positive reviews.

"Spy won't just exceed your expectations; it'll shatter them," said Dan Casey of Nerdist. 

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