Put aside, for a moment, the fact that James Bond works for MI6, rather than MI5 and let’s just assume that the Secret Service’s new "no tattoos" policy will apply across the board, affecting anyone who wants to add “top secret spy” to their C.V.
The news comes as MI5 release their new job specifications which warns that tattoos on the hands, forearms, neck or face would make potential recruits unsuitable.
Idris Elba currently leads the odds to replace Craig (he’s at 7/4 if you fancy a punt) and is well known for his hand and body tattoos, while two other actors touted to take over all boast ink of their own (Tom Hardy at 3/1 is covered, while Orlando Bloom at 6/1 has some Lord Of The Rings ink).
Which means, according to MI5’s new policy, the next man to risk life and limb for Queen and country has to be the tattoo-free Michael Fassbender (at 6/1).
Frankly, we’ve always suspected he was the right man for the job.
For the time being, of course, Daniel Craig has Spectre on his plate, (released later this year) plus one remaining Bond film on his contract, which we're unlikely to see until 2017 at the earliest.
Let's hope Fassbender keeps his schedule clear.
Who's really going to be next?