Bond, meet Bellatrix?

Helena Bonham Carter -- next to be seen in "Ocean's 8" this week, and then as Princess Margaret in "The Crown" Season 3 -- is reportedly the top choice to play the next Bond villain in what we're all calling "Bond 25" until told otherwise.

That said, the rumor comes via the U.K. tabloid The Mirror. So as much as we're shaken-not-stirred by the idea, it's nowhere near official.

And yet it's not exactly shocking to think "Bond 25" would want HBC. She's magic -- and not just in "Harry Potter" movies.

This Mirror report said she's No. 1 on producers' wish list, and an insider even name-dropped her competition:

"Everyone thinks Angelina Jolie is going to get the part but bosses want Helena more. At the moment they are just finalising the cast."

Angelina Jolie vs. HBC -- which would you pick? Both are amazing, and Angelina already worked with Daniel Craig in "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" ... but we'd give the edge to HBC.

Director Danny Boyle and company may end up throwing fans a curve ball, but for now it looks like we have our villain frontrunners. There's still a decent amount of time to decide, with production set to start in December.

Daniel Craig is said to be making serious bucks for his fifth James Bond movie, which is scheduled for release in theaters on November 8, 2019.

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