Sherlock’s Andrew Scott “in line to be the next Bond villain”

The makers of the 24th Bond film have set their hearts on the actor best known as creepy Jim Moriarty in the hit BBC1 drama according to reports

He has already sent a shiver down the spines of Sherlock fans with his chilling performance as the Baker Street detective’s arch-enemy Jim Moriarty.

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Now Andrew Scott could be looking to take on another iconic English hero: James Bond.

Scott has been “hand-picked” for a role in the 24th Bond movie after impressing producers with his turn as Benedict Cumberbatch’s nemesis in the hit BBC1 show according to reports.

“Casting directors thought he was perfect to play a baddie and they wanted to use his existing Sherlock profile – and amp it up to the next level,” according to the Mirror. “He knows this is his big break.

“Andrew is hoping the move will see him leap from TV to the big screen, where he can eventually divide his time between London and LA.”

The cast and title of the 24th Bond movie will be revealed in a live announcement tomorrow [Thursday 4th December] at 11am from the 007 Stage at Pinewood Studios and streamed live on www.007.com

Daniel Craig has already been confirmed to return in the lead role and Sam Mendes will once again direct the film, which has been given a preliminary release date of October 2015.

Moriarty’s fate in Sherlock hangs in the balance after series three concluded in January with his image plastered over what looked like every screen in the country and taunting Sherlock with the words “did you miss me?”.

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Scott’s spokesperson was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.