James Bond (played by Daniel Craig) is the topic on all film fans’ lips at the moment, as No Time To Die is just around the corner. Although fans are eager to see just what happens to Craig’s version of the hero in his final film, they are also excited to see who is going to take over from him next.
Over the past year a number of rumours have surfaced surrounding the next potential man of mystery.
Many of these rumours have put forward a number of actors, including Sam Heughan, and James Norton.
While this pair are still the favourites for the next Bond, one plucky young actor is climbing the ranks.
Tom Hardy, who turns 43 today, is perhaps one of the better known British actors in the world right now.
And while he has stayed relatively quiet during this time of contemplation, the odds are beginning to stack in his favour.
Leading betmakers Ladbrokes recently published a new set of odds on who is most likely to take over the role of Bond from Craig.
And, surprise surprise, Hardy is slowly leap-frogging previous favourites such as Cillian Murphy.
Hardy sits with a healthy 8/1, an improvement from this time last year.
Ahead of him still sits the favourites Norton and Heughan, with 2/1 and 3/1 respectively.
Although these young actors are certainly well suited for the job and popular in the public sphere, would fans prefer the rough-and-tumble of Hardy?
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes commented: “Tom Hardy was favourite to replace Daniel Craig once upon a time and while he’s drifted out to as big as 8/1x, he’s still got a great chance of being the next 007.”
At the moment, it is anybody’s guess who will take over from Craig – but here’s hoping Venom and Mad Max star will be the frontrunner.
Also with a 8/1 odds on claiming the role are Richard Madden, and Idris Elba – so he’s in good company.
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Recently Game of Thrones actor Charles Dance spoke out about how he almost became the next Bond after Roger Moore.
Speaking to the Financial Times he told the story: “My agent at the time rang me — it was a hot July day — and she said: ‘It’s happened, darling.’ And I said: ‘What’s happened?’”
However he explained that she told him not to take the role.
Dance continued: “She said: ‘You’ve been asked to test for Bond’. I said: ‘Really?’ She said: ‘I urge you not to do it.’ I said: ‘Why is that?’
“She said: ‘One, well, think how you’ll feel if you don’t get it. And, two, I think it will limit your career.’”
He added: “I had not nearly enough experience for something like that.
“And I would have f***ed it up … if I’d got the part. It’s a big thing.”
No Time To Die is currently set for UK release on November 12, 2020.
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