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Next James Bond odds: Elba favourite once again to replace Craig as 007

| 08.08.2022

Favourites to replace Daniel Craig in the next James Bond odds

Idris Elba is once again the favourite to replace Daniel Craig as 007.

The Luther star was 10/1 in June but his odds have been slashed to 7/2 after market research tests revealed how popular he would be playing the secret agent.

Elba had apparently backed down from becoming the next Bond and was discussing the prospect of playing a villain, but that has all changed.

We’re taking a look at some of the names linked with the role and the next James Bond odds.

Idris Elba (7/2)

The 49-year-old Londoner won a Golden Globe for best actor in a miniseries or television film for his role as DCI John Luther in the BBC psychological crime drama.

Idris Elba

Elba also starred in the US crime drama series The Wire, sci-fi movie Pacific Rim, 2021 supervillain film The Suicide Squad and in 2018 was voted People magazine’s sexiest man alive.

He has already featured in a global franchise when he joined Marvel’s Thor in 2011 as Heimdall and proceeded to play him in the subsequent sequels, as well as Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Avengers: Infinity War.

Henry Cavill (4/1)

Cavill was the 3/1 favourite in June following a flurry of bets prompted by a video posted on his Instagram account promoting No 1 Botanicals’ herbal drinks.

The 39-year-old Superman and Witcher actor is seen leaving a tailors on Savile Row where parked outside is a silver Aston Martin, the car of choice for the British Secret Service agent, and as he looks longingly at the sports car, Cavill says in a voiceover: “Of course, life will always have its sweet temptations, some more tempting than others.”

He has long been linked with playing 007 and last year told the Hollywood Reporter: “I think it would be very exciting to have a conversation with the producers. In an ideal world, I’d never have to turn anything down. Nothing is off the table. It’s an honour to even be part of that conversation.”

 

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However, Cavill played a spy with amnesia problems in Argylle which is due for release this year and is expected to be the start of a franchise. Would Bond boffins want an actor already playing a superspy with more films on the way?

On the casting of Cavill, Argylle director Matthew Vaughn said: “I needed someone who was born to play Bond – which Henry is – and then nick him before Bond did.”

Rege-Jean Page (4/1)

The Bridgerton heartthrob shot to super stardom with his role as the dashing Duke of Hastings in Netflix’s raunchy period drama.

The 34-year-old Londoner hit the screens in July with the release of the most expensive film ever made by Netflix, The Gray Man starring Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans, a spy thriller directed by the Russo brothers.

Rege-Jean Page

Speaking to Elle magazine about the role, Page said: “This guy is the head of the CIA clandestine services. So there’s a lot of sophistication, a lot of power to this character. There’s a lot of shadow and contrast to this character, it’s something that I don’t think people have seen a lot of from me specifically before, which was great fun for me to play with.”

Sound familiar?

Tom Hardy (5/1)

The Venom star is also one of the leading lights in the next James Bond betting to play the British spy.

Hardy previously received an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor in 2015 for his role in The Revenant and also starred in a host of Hollywood blockbusters directed by Christopher Nolan including Inception, The Dark Knight Rises and Dunkirk.

Tom Hardy, Next James Bond odds

More recently he played Jewish gangster Alfie Solomons in the hit series Peaky Blinders, proving his endless adaptability to any role, but in July was voted the hardest actor to understand by Americans in a survey, although he can take some comfort from the fact Sean Connery was also on the list!

The 44-year-old reportedly had an audition for the role in June 2020 and was expected to be unveiled as 007 on the release of No Time to Die but that never transpired.

On the Bond rumours, Hardy 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!”

Chiwetel Ejiofor (6/1)

The 44-year-old Londoner rose to prominence with his BAFTA-winning performance as Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave, but he has also starred in a number of superhero films, the latest being this year’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Next James Bond odds

Ejiofor told Variety magazine that he would like to see Michael Pena, his co-star on 2015’s The Martian, to be the next man to wear the tux, although the man himself had been linked with a Bond villain role in the past, but an appearance in Spectre never materialised.

Versatile and charismatic, Ejiofor now ranks high in the next James Bond odds.

Aidan Turner (12/1)

The 38-year-old Irishman has the smouldering good looks required to be a box-office hit and his performance in Poldark means he already has an army of female fans on his side.

Aidan Turner

Turner was first linked with the role four years ago when he told the Daily Mail he would “have a look at it” when the role became free.

More recently, Turner starred as Leonardo da Vinci in a TV series about the Italian genius and played Joseph O’Loughlin in ITV psychological drama The Suspect, although his admission he has a fear of heights may not go down too well with the hirers and firers at MI6.

James Norton (12/1)

Norton starred in the crime drama McMafia as Alex Godman, the son of a Russian mafia boss living in London, but his most recent role in Rogue Agent may see his chances of landing the Bond role improve.

The 36-year-old Yorkshireman plays fake MI5 agent Robert Hendy-Freegard who uses a false identity to kidnap victims for money.

James Norton, James Bond odds

He was nominated for a Bafta award for his role in Happy Valley in 2015 which he followed by playing an Anglican vicar/amateur sleuth in the ITV hit show Grantchester.

Norton was asked by Metro what he could bring to the role when promoting last year’s heart-wrenching film Nowhere Special.

He said: “I’m a type one diabetic. How cool would it be to have a diabetic Bond? It would be wonderful for all those diabetic kids out there to think even a type one diabetic could be Bond! Other than that, I’d leave it to Daniel and the writers to carry on the legacy.”

Richard Madden (20/1)

Madden rose to prominence as Robb Stark in HBO’s Game of Thrones, but he is best known for his performance as Sergeant David Budd in Bodyguard in which he played a war veteran and police officer with post-traumatic stress disorder, a role which earned the Scot a Golden Globe Award for best actor in a television series.

Richard Madden

The Eternal star refuses to answer questions about becoming Craig’s successor, but admits he is a big Bond fan and it’s clear he would love to land the role.

He said: “I don’t want to curse anything by saying anything. I think that’s the curse of that. If you talk about it, you’ll curse it. I love the movies. I’ve read all the books.”

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Warren Barner