Over a year ago, Daniel Craig was exploded out of the James Bond franchise in No Time To Die. Ever since then, fans have been excitedly speculating over who could replace the 007 star, who held the role for a record 16 years. The latest bookies’ odds have landed and there are two clear favourites in joint first place.
According to Ladbrokes, Casino Royale runner-up Henry Cavill and Bridgerton hunk Regé-Jean Page lead the pack of the next Bond odds on 3-1. Just behind them on 9-2 is McMafia star James Norton, followed by Venom’s Tom Hardy on 5-1. A newer arrival to the Top 10 is Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens, who joins Game of Thrones’ Richard Madden at 8-1. Further back are Doctor Strange’s Chiwetel Ejiofor and Dunkirk’s Jack Lowden on 9-1.
As fans wait for an announcement, there are some clues that the Bond producers have shared.
Earlier this year, Barbara Broccoli said that Bond 26, the next reboot in the franchise, is at least two years away from beginning production. The 62-year-old has also confirmed that Ian Fleming’s spy will always be male as the author intended. However, she’s open to actors of any ethnicity auditioning.
As for his age, her half-brother producer Michael G Wilson has said they’re looking for a man in his thirties, who will already be a Navy veteran. Craig himself backs a younger Bond after having killed the character in No Time To Die.
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Speaking with the LA Times, Craig said: “[It] resets [and] start again, which [the franchise] did with me. And I was like, ‘Well, you need to reset again.’ So let’s kill my character off and go find another Bond and go find another story. Start at [age] 23, start at 25, start at 30.”
The outgoing star was 38 when Casino Royale first hit cinemas, but maybe his replacement will be even younger.