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The Spectre of Idris Elba stands tall in next James Bond market

| 04.12.2014

Hot on the heels of Sam Mendes’ announcement that the 24th James Bond film will be named Spectre, Ladbrokes is already looking towards life after Daniel Craig with Idris Elba the current market leader to be the next 007.

The star of critically-acclaimed TV favourites like “The Wire” and “Luther” has long been linked with taking up the role once Craig decides to call time on his tenure as the world’s most famous secret agent.

But recent months have seen several other names emerge as possible contenders for the part with the biggest market mover being Lord of the Rings and Hobbit favourite Orlando Bloom.

The 37-year-old, who is also known for the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, has been the subject of some interest from punters in the last couple of weeks, with his odds backed into 4/1 from a massive 50/1 with the bookmaker.

He’s remains just behind Tom Hardy, however, with the star of the long-awaited Mad Max: Fury Road on at 7/2 with Ladbrokes to be named as the next James Bond.

And while Craig is contracted for one more outing as 007 beyond “Spectre” it would appear that there is a growing belief that his successor may have already been identified.

Jessica Bridge, of Ladbrokes, said: “Daniel Craig might not have finished with his 007 tux yet, but the odds suggest Idris Elba’s sent his to the dry cleaners in preparation for the big call up to be the next Bond.”

Here is a list of all the contenders to be the next James Bond, and their odds, in full:

Idris Elba 3/1
Tom Hardy 7/2
Orlando Bloom 4/1
Michael Fassbender 6/1
Daniel Day-Lewis 8/1
Henry Cavill 10/1
Richard Armitage 10/1
Dan Stevens 12/1
James McAvoy 14/1
Tom Hiddlestone 16/1
Jamie Dornan 16/1
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau 16/1
Damian Lewis 20/1
Jon Hamm 20/1
Sam Worthington 25/1
Dominic West 25/1
Gerard Butler 25/1
Michael C. Hall 25/1
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All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.