Ever since Daniel Craig stepped down from the role of James Bond, all eyes have been on 007’s bosses to cast a new actor to take over. With no time to die he saw the end of Craig’s version of the hero, so it would require someone new to jump in his place. For a while, Tom Hardy had a great chance to become the new hero, but things have changed, and not for the better.
Hardy is best known for appearing in blockbusters like Venom, Dunkirk, and Christopher Nolan’s Batman series.
Over the years, he’s become one of Britain’s most popular actors, so of course Bond fans have longed for him to throw on his tuxedo and start sipping on his martinis shaken, not stirred.
Unfortunately, a new batch of Bond odds delivered by Ladbrokes means bad news for the 45-year-old.
Hardy has now been given a slim 7/1 odds of becoming the new and improved James Bond.
While these kinds of odds would typically mean a win in any other category, the competition is extremely fierce.
To make matters worse, Hardy has previously spoken about the role and how he won’t be making any further comments about becoming the character.
When asked about becoming 007 in 2020, he replied, “There’s a saying among us in the acting fraternity, that if you talk about [playing James Bond] you are automatically out of the race. So I can’t comment on that!”
Just ahead of Hardy is the indelible James Norton, who is a powerful 9/2 to become the hero.
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Cavill has also signed on to become Superman once more (premiering his return in Black Adam), so Bond could be a long way off for the actor.
Furthermore, the actor previously revealed that he had already lost his chance to become Bond. Cavill made it to the final round of auditions in 2005 for Casino Royale, but lost to Craig.
He later revealed that the film’s director told him he was “too chubby” for the role. Since then, he added, he has learned to “train and diet.”
At the top of the Bond odds list is Regé-Jean Page. The Bridgerton heartthrob has become a betting mainstay in recent years, and is currently secured as the favourite.
Page has an incredible 11/4 to become Bond now that Craig has stepped down. And the odds on him have only continued to improve as the months go by.
Ladbrokes’ Alex Apati said: “Normal service at the helm of the Bond stakes resumed, with Regé-Jean Page and Henry Cavill slowly pulling away from the chasing pack.”
Bond bosses Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson recently teased an actor announcement likely to come in the next few years. This means fans won’t have to wait too long to see if Page claims the role.
Until then, James Bond – No Time To Die is available to stream on Prime Video now.
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