The Tourist: Official trailer from the BBC
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It’s been over 100 days since Daniel Craig’s No Time To Die was released and for the first time in 17 years, the role of 007 is vacant. James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson will soon be holding their secret auditions if they haven’t begun already. The race for the next 007 is wide open, but a BBC star is now making gaining ground on frontrunners Tom Hardy, Regé-Jean Page and Henry Cavill.
According to Ladbrokes, Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan has seen his odds cut by 75 per cent from 40-1 to 10-1.
The 39-year-old Northern Irish actor is currently starring in The Tourist, a TV series on BBC One about a car-crash victim who wakes up in hospital with amnesia.
A spokesperson for the bookies said: “Plenty reckon Jamie Dornan has just pulled off his best performance to date in The Tourist, and there’s every chance he lands the 007 role after Daniel Craig off the back of it.”
The cut in odds is certainly impressive and Dornan is catching up, but there are some big names still ahead of him.
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On 8-1 are Jamie Bell and James Norton with Tom Hopper on 7-1 and both Richard Madden and Henry Cavill are on 6-1.
Frontrunner favourite Tom Hardy currently stands on 10-3, but he’s in second place at the moment behind Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page on 5-2.
Dornan addressed the Bond rumours last October, telling OK! Magazine: “Someone asked me about that a few times this week. I don’t know anything about that. You know what I always say about James Bond, you know who James Bond is? Anyone who is between the age of 20 and 60 who has got a movie out or who has got a TV show to promote.”
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