Later this year, Daniel Craig will step down from his role of James Bond after No Time To Die is released. While fans have been patiently waiting for the next film for years, no news has been released about the next actor to don the tuxedo after the credits roll out. Several rumors have suggested that Inception star Tom Hardy will become the next international spy, but he has now fallen behind in the Bond Odds.
According to Ladbrokes, the new favorite for the next Bond actor is Netflix star Regé-Jean Page.
The British-Zimbabwe star rose to prominence over Christmas when his show, Bridgerton, appeared on the streaming service.
After that, petitions began calling for the star to become the next Bond after Craig.
Now Page has risen through the ranks to become the new favorite with a 4/5 chance of becoming the man of the mystery.
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Unfortunately, this means that Hardy has lost his first place in betting.
However, all hope is not lost yet.
The Dark Knight Rises actor currently has a strong 4/1 taking over from Bond after Craig.
Given its popularity, it is more than likely that this lineup will change in the coming months.
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Ladbrokes’ Alex Apati commented: “It looks increasingly likely that the name will soon be Page; Regé-Jean Page, with gamblers seemingly convinced Bond chiefs have found their man.”
However, Hardy has even more competition ahead.
Just behind him is Lord of the Rings and Beauty and the Beast star Luke Evans.
The Welsh singer recently saw his chances narrow after revealing that he would love to take on the role.
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This would make him the very first Welsh Bond, and his chances are good with a strong 6/1.
Despite his popularity, he is beaten by McMafia actor James Norton.
Norton has an impressive 5/1 and certainly fits the role of the Eton College entrant.
Down but not out is London hero Idris Elba, best known for Pacific Rim, Hobbs & Shaw and the Marvel franchise.
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Elba has a fantastic 10/1 and his odds could be lowered at any time.
He was recently supported by former Bond actor Pierce Brosnan.
Brosnan said: “Idris Elba comes to mind. Idris is such a powerful presence and such a great former voice tension. He would be amazing.”
James Bond No Time To Die will hit theaters on September 30, 2021.
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