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Next James Bond odds: Contenders to be the new 007

| 15.12.2021

Favourites to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond

Bridgerton actor Rege-Jean Page and Venom star Tom Hardy are the joint favourites in the next James Bond odds as speculation continues over who will replace Daniel Craig.

Craig’s time as 007 came to an end this year after the release of his fifth and final film in the franchise, No Time To Die.

Here is a look at some of the stars who have been linked with the part and their next James Bond odds.

Rege-Jean Page (4/1)

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

The actor previously told the Mirror earlier this year: “Ah, the B word. I think if you are British and do anything of note, that other people take notice of, then people will start talking about that.

Rege-Jean Page

“That’s fairly normal and I’m flattered to be in the category of Brits that people have noticed.”

He added: “The concept of having plans in this moment in history is mildly hilarious. I’ve given up making them.”

Tom Hardy (4/1)

The Venom star is also leading 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.

The British actor, 44, has also starred in a host of Hollywood blockbusters directed by Christopher Nolan including Inception, The Dark Knight Rises and Dunkirk.

Henry Cavill (6/1)

Cavill, the 38-year-old British actor best known for playing Superman, has been a popular pick with punters recently in the next James Bond odds.

Henry Cavill

Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter last month, Cavill admitted he would be interested in talking with Bond producers.

He said: “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.”

Tom Hopper (7/1)

The Leicestershire actor has appeared in Doctor Who and Merlin but his fame grew in 2017 when he starred as Dickon Tarly in Game of Thrones.

He then landed a role as Luther Hargreeves in Netflix’s hugely popular series The Umbrella Academy, while two appearances in action films will not have harmed his chances.

When asked about playing James Bond, he admitted he would be lying if he said it wasn’t “up there as a dream role”.

Idris Elba (8/1)

The Luther star is also amongst the favourites in the next James Bond odds having previously 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.

Elba, 49, has also starred in the crime drama series The Wire, sci-fi movie Pacific Rim and 2021 supervillain film The Suicide Squad.

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.

James Norton (8/1)

Norton stars in the crime drama McMafia as Alex Godman, the son of a Russian mafia boss living in London.

The actor, 36, was also nominated for a Bafta award for his role in Happy Valley in 2015.

James Norton

When previously asked his thoughts on being linked to the Bond role, Norton told The Sunday Times’ Culture magazine in 2020: “It’s crazy. It’s not real. It’s speculative.

“There is no truth behind it. Unless journalists know something more than I do. It’s bizarre and quite flattering to be even considered in that world, but beyond that? Pure speculation.”

Sam Heughan (12/1)

The Scottish star, 41, was more enthusiastic at the prospect of taking on the beacon of the classic role, admitting he would “jump” at the chance.

Heughan previously starred as special forces operator Tom Buckingham in SAS: Red Notice, an adaptation of former SAS soldier Andy McNab’s novel of the same name.

In an interview with the PA news agency earlier this year, he said: “I don’t know if there is a conversation being had apart from in the media but I think it’s an incredible franchise and a great character, so of course I would jump at it.

“But I feel like Tom Buckingham is equally as interesting and, who knows, maybe this could be the new franchise.”

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Andrew McDermott