Bridgerton's Regé-Jean Page reacts to James Bond speculation

Susannah Alexander
·2-min read
Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

From Good Housekeeping

Bridgerton has made a household name of actor Regé-Jean Page, whose role as the charismatic Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings, in the Netflix period drama has enraptured viewers.

As often happens when exciting new leading men arrive on the scene, there has already been speculation that Page could be in line for the role of the next James Bond after Daniel Craig hangs up his 007 hat after No Time To Die.

But the actor isn't too convinced that he's about to land the role, telling Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show that he sees the rumours as a kind of "merit badge".

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Photo credit: Netflix

"I think the internet thinks a lot of things and that's one of the more pleasant ones," he said. "So I'm pleased as far as that goes.

"I think there might be an element of cultural translation to be done here. If you're a Brit, and you do something of any kind of renown that people regard well, then people start saying the 'B' word. It's like a merit badge. You get the 'B' word merit badge. But I don't think it's much more than that.

"I'm very, very glad to have the badge. I'm glad to be in such wonderful company of people who have the badge. But it's a badge."

The actor also discussed the popularity of Bridgerton, which he rather accurately described as "Jane Austen meets Gossip Girl with like 35 shades of grey".

Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

The actor admitted that the steamy nature of the show meant that he felt the need to warn his family about its content before it hit Netflix, saying that there were "red flashing lights" in the family WhatsApp group about particular episodes.

"You don't tend to reach everyone sometimes," he said. "We missed one of my cousins and she sent me a message just like, 'I had to make so many tactical cups of tea during the show. And then I came back and you were still going so I had to go back and put the kettle back on!'"

Bridgerton season 1 is now available to watch on Netflix.

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