EVER since Daniel Craig announced that upcoming No Time To Die will be the last we see of him as James Bond, rumours about the next 007 have been swirling.
Several eligible super-spies have had their names thrown into the ring, and we take a look at their latest odds.
Who will be the new James Bond?
Daniel Craig has played James Bond in four films since 2006 – Casino Royale, Quantum Of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre.
He has confirmed he will be bowing out after he does the latest film.
Here are the latest odds on which actor will take over as the next 007 as supplied by Ladbrokes.
Tom Hardy – 2/1
The Taboo star has been touted as one of the actors to take over the iconic character from Daniel Craig.
Hardy is no stranger to action-espionage movies, having starred in Christopher Nolan’s Inception.
When rumours first started circling in 2017, he refused to speak about the role for fear of jinxing it.
He said: “There’s a saying amongst us in the fraternity of acting, that if you talk about it you’re automatically out of the race.
“So I can’t possibly comment on that one!”
James Norton – 2/1
James Norton, 34, is best known for playing the lead role of Sidney Chambers in Grantchester.
His Hollywood credentials were launched with a role in the BBC's 2016 drama War And Peace, and have continued to grow with a lead role in 2017's Flatliners.
However, he has told people "not to bet on him" as he doubts he would get the role and continued to deny rumours he was in the running.
His thoroughly British Cambridge education stands Norton in good stead to take on the role of smoothly-spoken Bond.
In December 2019, James gave an intriguing interview in which he spoke about downing strong martinis — 007’s signature cocktail, which has fuelled speculation he was dropping hints about the role.
Rege-Jean Page – 5/1
Bridgerton hunk Rege-Jean Page set pulses racing when he first appeared as the Duke of Hastings in the period drama.
His hopes to bag the role of Bond soared after it was announced he would appear in the upcoming thriller The Gray Man, alongside Bond girl Ana de Armas, Billy Bob Thornton and Alfre Woodard.
He will also be starring in the Dungeons & Dragons blockbuster film adaptation alongside Hugh Grant and Chris Pine.
Bridgerton director Julie Anne Robinson said about the rumours: “It’s interesting about Regé, I hope he is not offended by this but I never saw him as a sex symbol,” she said.
“I always saw him as a serious actor, very committed, a caring professional. “And now look at him, I mean, goodness me. It’s incredible, I hope he is the next James Bond.”
Idris Elba – 6/1
The bookies have revealed a flurry of bets on the Luther star over the past week, and odds on him replacing Daniel Craig as 007 have tumbled from 10/1 to 6/1 as a result.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "It looks like the name's going to be Elba; Idris Elba, with punters seemingly convinced he'll get the nod to replace Daniel Craig as Bond." Back in 2018, Elba got fans' hearts racing when he posted a selfie, with the caption:
"My name’s Elba, Idris Elba", quoting the 007's infamous method of introduction.
The Luther star has addressed the rumours, saying he does not want to be a “token black” Bond.
He said: “I think it’s more about, ‘We just want to have a black guy play James Bond’ rather than, Idris Elba, the actor, play James Bond.’
“That’s the part I’m like, ‘Ugh, come on.’”
However, Elba is no stranger to action and stunts after his high-octane role in Luther, so he may be well prepared for the role.
Sam Heughan – 6/1
Sam is now one of the favourites to be the next James Bond.
Although he's not as well known as his competitors, he has built up a reputation of a sought after actor.
Sam is a Scottish actor, best known for his acclaimed role as Jamie Fraser in the TV series Outlander. In 2018 he played the lead in the movie The Spy Who Dumped Me.
After British GQ hailed the actor as a good choice for the next Bond, Sam took to Twitter to express his gratitude.
Sam wrote: "Thank you Moneypenny."
Movie star Vin Diesel has even backed Sam Heughan to be the next 007. The Hollywood hunk praised Outlander hero Sam, 39, after working alongside him on new comic book film Bloodshot.
Asked at its LA premiere if his co-star could succeed as the legendary screen spy, Vin, 52, said: “Of course he’d make a good James Bond. Sam would make a good anything.”
Cillian Murphy – 6/1
Cillian Murphy is a fan favourite for his role in hugely popular TV series Peaky Blinders.
Speaking to GQ about the rumours about him taking over the role, Cillian Murphy said: "It seems to be a way of generating business for bookies.
"So someone who happens to be in a TV show and wears a tux occasionally in a TV show. "
Having said all of that, it’s incredibly flattering to be in that conversation. "I think it should be a woman."
Richard Madden – 6/1
Richard Madden is best known for playing Robb Stark in the HBO series Game Of Thrones.
His role as David Budd in Jed Mercurio’s Bodyguard, impressed critics and brought the actor into the spotlight.
He is considered to be a serious contender for the role after impressing the film's executive producer Barbara Broccoli.
A source told The Mail on Sunday: "It’s seriously looking like he [Madden] is going to get the job. "Not only is he on top of Barbara’s list, but she is preparing to offer the role."
It seems that Richard is eager for the role after he said it was a "brilliant thing" to be touted as Craig’s successor.
He previously said: "I love the movies. I’ve read all the books." But he added: "If you talk about it, you’ll curse it."
Tom Hiddleston – 6/1
Tom Hiddleston shot to fame when he starred in Thor alongside Chris Hemsworth as Loki.
The Night Manager star played an MI5 in the hit BBC show, so he would be well prepared for the Bond role.
When asked about the rumours on a panel in Philadelphia, he said: "I don’t think that announcement is coming, but I am very gratified to hear the enthusiasm.
Your guess is as good as mine, to be honest."
However, Tom has his work cut out with a Marvel TV series Loki on the horizon and he was snubbed for the role in 2017, so his 007 future is far from certain.
Michael Fassbender – 6/1
Michael Fassbender is now in the top five actors in the race to be James Bond.
He had previously been an outsider with odds of 33/1 but has been bumped up. Michael is a German-born Irish actor who's best known for his roles in X-Men, Prometheus and 12 Years a Slave.
Michael married Swedish actress Alicia Vikander, whom he met on the set of The Light Between Oceans, in a private ceremony on 14 October 2017 in Ibiza, Spain.
The pair had been dating since December 2014. Back in 2016, Fassbender revealed that although he is a big fan of the Bond franchise, he wouldn't take on the role of next 007 because the movies need "something new".
He said: "I just love Bond. Doesn't everyone? I grew up with him,"
"As an acting role, I think Daniel has done such a cracking job in this age group… I think the franchise needs something new."
Jack Lowden – 6/1
Lowden is a fresh face on the acting scene.
However, he has starred in blockbuster British films like Dunkirk and Mary Queen of Scots, War & Peace. Although he would be a very young Bond at 29, his name is still being touted.
Lowden has said: "I’m a massive Daniel Craig fan and I don’t think he should ever stop doing it
"Bond dealing with age is a brilliant idea and I think we should go the whole way until Daniel’s 85."
Aidan Turner – 6/1
The Northern-Irish born star secured his status as one to watch after taking on the role of Ross Poldark in the BBC period drama, and has been in the running to be the next Bond ever since.
Back in 2016, Turner spoke about the rumours to Nick Grimshaw on BBC Radio 1: “I do get asked a lot, daily. It’s just rumours, there is nothing in it.
“There is still someone else playing the role and that’s why I don’t like to talk about it. "There is a James Bond. You’re chatting about someone else’s part, and Daniel Craig is well hard.”
Daniel Craig… again – 6/1
Despite years of saying the upcoming No Time To Die would be his fifth and final outing as 007, Daniel Craig appears to have had a change of heart.
The Sun reported that Craig has asked the PR team behind the next movie not to “aggressively market it as his final Bond”.
A well-placed movie source said: “I don’t think Daniel is finished with James Bond, despite his previous claims.
“He was in this same position four years ago after Spectre came out, where he said publicly and loudly that he was done and then, as time passed, he just wasn’t.
“There is something about this part that scratches an itch and he’s not prepared to see it go to another actor yet.
“It’s all going to come down to how No Time To Die is received by the public and if it can become the highest-grossing film in the series.
“If it does, I think Daniel will be good for one more movie. He’s hedging that bet by asking for it not be marketed as a ‘finale’.”
After 2015’s Spectre he said he would “rather slash my wrists” than return to the role he first played in 2006’s Casino Royale.
What are the odds on the new James Bond?
Here's who is favourite to take over the role of Ian Fleming's famous spy:
- Tom Hardy – 2/1
- James Norton – 2/1
- Rege-Jean Page – 5/1
- Idris Elba – 6/1
- Sam Heughan – 6/1
- Henry Cavill – 6/1
- Cillian Murphy – 6/1
- Richard Madden -6/1
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