Next Bond odds – Casino Royale runner-up storms ahead of Tom Hardy

James Bond: Producers 'want someone in his 30s' says King

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It’s been over a year since Daniel Craig bowed out of his James Bond tenure so explosively in No Time To Die. The 54-year-old dared to take the franchise where it had never gone before by actually killing off Ian Fleming’s spy. Whoever takes over the role has some huge boots to fill after the incumbent’s record 15 years in the role even surpassed Sir Roger Moore’s era.

The latest Bond odds are in and Craig’s Casino Royale runner-up has found himself ahead of the pack in the race to be the next 007. In just the last 24 hours, Superman star Henry Cavill’s odds have been slashed from 7-2 to 2-1 at Coral bookmakers.

The 39-year-old almost bagged the role of the new 007 after Pierce Brosnan instead of the outgoing star when he was just in his early twenties. During the 2005 Bond auditions, the contenders had to act out a specific scene in Sean Connery’s From Russia With Love, something EON Productions have been doing for years.

The scene in question sees Bond undressing and running a bath before entering a bedroom wearing only a towel and holding a gun before approaching a woman on a bed.

Cavill has shared in the past how he was fat-shamed by director Martin Campbell for being a bit chubby for 007 when he had his top off during the secretive filming.

Of course, the future Superman star took this in his stride and ended up getting into incredible shape to play the DC superhero.

The actor has expressed a keen interest in talking to EON Productions about taking on Bond after Craig, although he could be too famous and has already starred in a number of spy films from The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Mission: Impossible to the upcoming Argylle from Kingsman’s Matthew Vaughn. On top of that, The Witcher star is just too old now at almost 40.


Bond producer Michael G Wilson told Deadline over the weekend: “We’ve tried looking at younger people in the past. But trying to visualise it doesn’t work. Remember, Bond’s already a veteran. He’s had some experience. He’s a person who has been through the wars, so to speak. He’s probably been in the SAS or something. He isn’t some kid out of high school that you can bring in and start off. That’s why it works for a thirty-something.”

Whoever they decide on, EON Productions first want to work out what kind of reboot they want to go with before casting a new star. Barbara Broccoli also told Empire: “The thing is it’s not just casting a role. People think that when they say, ‘Oh who’s going to play him?’ When you change the actor, you have to reimagine the direction that the film’s going to go in. It’s a monumental decision and it’s a decision… when you hire an actor, you’re hoping that you’re going to be spending a decade at least with that actor making three, four or five films with them.”

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Coral’s full latest Bond are as follows: 2-1 Henry Cavill, 7-2 Rege-Jean Page, 5-1 Tom Hardy, 6-1 Idris Elba, 13-2 Chiwetel Ejiofor, 10-1 James Norton, 12-1 Aidan Turner, 12-1 Jamie Dornan, 16-1 Jack Lowden, 20-1 Callum Turner.

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