James Bond betting odds are changing again following recent comments from a franchise producer
It seems that Tom Hardy is still the bookies’ favourite to be the next James Bond, despite the two finalists having improved a lot since last month. According to bookmaker US-Bookies.com, Idris Elba has gone from 18/1 (5.3% ) to 11/2 (15.4%), while Henry Cavill has improved from 16/1 (5.9%) to 6/1 (14.3%). Hardy remains a three/1 (25%) favourite.
Idris Elba and Henry Cavill have been on the radar of bookmakers and fans for some time, but their new update comes at a time when Bond makers have been discussing whether the next superstar should be a British man of any ethnicity,” says a spokesman for a US bookmaker. “Alternatively, as Elba and Cavill evolved, Richard Madden and Tom Hopper noticed their chances shifting in the other direction.”
Richard Madden’s odds of winning the James Bond role have deteriorated from 6/1 (14.3% implied odds) to 9/1 (10%). He now trails behind Regé-Jean, whose odds have remained at 8/1 (11.1%) since last month. Tom Hopper’s odds have also fallen, from 11/2 (15.4%) to 12/1 (7.7%).
“Tom Hopper was the favourite to be the next James Bond not so long ago, in October, when a surge in betting saw the odds on the Umbrella Academy superstar rise,” says a US-Bookies.com spokesperson. “However, it appears that this rise is short-lived as Hopper’s odds now sit behind Jamie Bell and James Norton“.
Some different names added to the odds to place a bet are Sam Heughan, Mahershala Ali and Justin Hartley. It’s not as if the bookies think Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s odds are far above the odds in any respect, as he’s not even on the index. Just recently, Johnson expressed that he would love to become a member of the franchise, as his grandfather has so far made an impression in a Bond film. Still, once again, The Rock would simply love to get in on the action if only he could play the superhero himself.
After all, although rumours have already begun initial discussions about the casting of the next James Bond, the earliest we’ll hear anything legitimate is 2022. Producer Barbara Broccoli has said that no vital information will be shared until 2022. This will give Daniel Craig a little more time to enjoy his James Bond farewell before the franchise reboots, and another actor dons the tuxedo.
“I thought that was it. And I’m very, very pleased to have the opportunity to come back and do No Time to Die,” Craig told the Graham Norton Show, “because we’ve wrapped up several stories. And just the opportunity to come back and do another one was glorious at the same time.”
He added: “It was fantastic to make these films. It’s very emotional. I’m content to end it with my own sentences. I am grateful to the makers for allowing me to do that. However, I am sure I will stop. I will more than likely be very bitter when the new specific person takes over.”
Until an alternative is officially unveiled, we’ll have to speculate for now. The bookies are leaning towards Tom Hardy for the role, but that doesn’t mean it will happen.