Daniel Craig stepped down from the role of James Bond in 2021 after his fifth film, No Time To Die, hit theaters. Since then, Bond’s bosses have been on the hunt for his replacement. While the official announcement is likely to come next year, the odds on Bond have put fan favorite Tom Hardy near the top of the list, and he’s just found new competition in a notable Australian actor.
Ladbrokes just slashed the odds on Liam Hemsworth. He was previously a meager 50/1, but has now upgraded to a staggering 20/1, putting him in the upper echelons of betting.
The Hunger Games star is making headlines after former James Bond star George Lazenby suggested him as a great replacement for Craig.
The fellow Australian actor played Bond once in the 1969 film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. He replaced Sean Connery after his five-film run.
Lazenby recently said that Craig’s successor should be a “handsome Aussie guy”, before suggesting the Thor star’s brother, Chris Hemsworth.
Lazenby added that Hemsworth would be “crazy enough, cocky enough, confident enough and ambitious enough to take on the role”.
As a result, Ladbrokes’ Alex Apati said: “It’s only happened once before, but with the backing of ex-007 George Lazenby, Liam Hemsworth’s odds of replacing Daniel Craig have been cut dramatically, placing him firmly among the likely contenders such as things are.” .”
Hemsworth’s new 20/1 odds put him slightly behind Hardy, who has a mighty 8/1 to become the next James Bond.
However, there is still a huge gap between these extraordinary actors and the main candidates in the Bond career.
Former Marvel star Aaron Taylor-Johnson is still at the top of the rankings. Ladbrokes recently gave him a 2/1 chance of donning the tuxedo for Bond’s next outing. His chances have improved in recent weeks after sources say he had a meeting with Bond bosses Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson.
However, he is not yet guaranteed the role. Taylor-Johnson has some stiff competition in the form of Henry Cavill.
A former actor on The Witcher and Superman, the British star also has great odds of 2/1, which puts him neck and neck with Taylor-Johnson. However, he might have an advantage.
Cavill previously auditioned for the role of James Bond in 2005 when director Martin Campbell was hiring for Casino Royale. Unfortunately, he lost for “looking chubby”.
Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page is also a major contender in the Bond odds right now. The actor became immensely popular when the period drama first aired on Netflix and has become a favorite on the odds as a result.
Ladbrokes currently put Page at 6/1, putting him head-to-head with BBC star James Norton.
Otherwise, Lazenby also added that he would like to see a woman take on the role of James Bond in the future. In particular, she suggested another big Australian star: Margot Robbie.
He said: “I’d rather see a woman on screen than a man, so it might be a good idea to have a woman play James Bond…Jane Bond. I think it’s a good idea. I mean, why what not? There’s an Australian actress I was hearing on TV today, Margot Robbie. She’d be good. She’s daring. She comes across as very confident… if you can pull it off, people will believe you.”
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