The latest James Bond film, No Time To Die, will be released next month, bringing Daniel Craig’s journey as 007 to a resounding end. After he steps back from playing the iconic hero, another actor will take his place. While his replacement hasn’t been announced yet, the odds have so far been largely in favor of Venom actor Tom Hardy.
Hardy currently has a strong 4/1 in claiming the next Bond role, but he has recently been overtaken by a Netflix star.
Bridgerton’s heartthrob Regé-Jean Page has received a powerful 5/6 odds from Ladbrokes, making him the current favourite.
However, things may change after the release of the latest Marvel movie: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
The newest superhero, Shang-Chi, is played by Canadian-Chinese actor Simu Liu.
The extremely positive reception of his performance has resulted in his chances at Ladbrokes being lowered from 20/1 to 16/1.
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Simu’s performance as Shang-Chi marks his first-ever movie role – but could he claim the next iconic British role?
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Shang-Chi has had critical acclaim since its release earlier this month and it looks like Sim Liu has been pushing his way into the fray when it comes to Bond betting.”
While his improving chances are extremely promising, he still has some ground to cover.
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Just behind Hardy in the bet is James Norton, who has 5/1 to become Bond.
Behind the McMafia actor is Beauty and the Beast star Luke Evans, who has an impressive 6/1.
Shortly behind Evans is The Witcher actor Henry Cavill who has an incredible 7/1.
However, Cavill would not like to go back into the tuxedo as he previously auditioned for the part and was considered “too chubby”.
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Cavill fought for the part at the same time as Craig in 2005, but later recalled, “I probably could have prepared better [for the Bond audition]. I remember the director, Martin Campbell, saying, ‘I look a little chubby, Henry.'” (Via Men’s Health)
He continued: “I didn’t know how to train or diet. And I’m glad Martin said something because I respond well to the truth. It helps me get better.
“I know what it feels like to go from out of shape to in shape and [afterwards] I’ll look at myself like, ‘Man, well done.'”
Not far behind Cavill is the newest star of The Suicide Squad franchise, Idris Elba.
Elba is one of the most popular British stars about to take over Craig after this, but he’s not too keen on the job.
Of his 2019 Bond favorite, he said: “James Bond is a hugely coveted, iconic, beloved character, taking audiences on this massive escapism journey. Of course, if someone said to me, ‘Do you want to play James Bond?’ I’d say, ‘Yes!'” (via Vanity Fair)
However, he added, “You just get discouraged when you get people up and running from a generational perspective, ‘You can’t.'”
James Bond No Time To Die will hit theaters on September 30, 2021.
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