The role of James Bond is one of the most prestigious in the film world. It brings in itself lots of prominence to the actor who plays the role and increases his reputation almost instantly. In fact, the popularity of the James Bond character is so influential that all other roles that the actor has played pale in comparison.
Daniel Craig was the last actor to have played the iconic MI6 secret agent and he followed in the footsteps of some illustrious actors such as Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, and George Lazenby. However, the 25th film in the James Bond series (26th, if you count Connery’s Never Say Never Again) will probably be Craig’s last venture in the role, so the list of probable candidates to take his place has already been drawn up.
In this article we will take a look at the chances of various actors touted to take over from Daniel Craig and we will consider the odds offered by five reputable betting operators for the most likely candidates to be next in service of her majesty the Queen.
EnergyBet is a Probe Investments Limited betting operator which often offers interesting betting markets such as the James Bond one in addition to their sports betting markets. Another thing which makes EnergyBet somewhat special is their very generous Welcome Bonus offer of 100% on all first deposits (an offer which can go up to £25).
James Norton is EnergyBet’s main contender to take over from Daniel Craig. The young British star, whose career took off after his impressive performance in BBC’s War and Peace, is given odds of 13/5, and this is a clear sign that the bookies have lots of faith in his chances.
Norton is closely followed by Tom Hardy, who has been in the James Bond mix for quite some time now, and is given odds of 3. Unlike Hardy, the next contender, Jack Huston, is a relatively new addition to the next Bond market and he is also given favourable odds of 13/4.
Candidates who also have a chance to be the next Bond include Tom Hiddleston (5), Aidan Turner (5), Idris Elba (8), Cillian Murphy (9), and Michael Fassbender (10).
LVBet is a betting operator which never shies away from specific betting markets such as the next James Bond one. In addition, they also try to stay competitive with their bonuses and promotions to stay ahead of the competition. One such promotion is their Welcome Bonus which has the potential to increase your first deposit up to €50.
You can use this welcome bonus to place a bet on LVBet’s favourite to be the next James Bond, James Norton, who is given odds of 13/5 by the betting operator. He is closely followed by Mad Max star Tom Hardy (3) and by Boardwalk Empire’s very own, Jack Huston (13/4).
Tom Hiddleston (5) is a also a potential James Bond actor, but it is noticeable that he has dropped slightly down the pecking order recently. Aidan Turner (5), The Hobbit star, is a new addition to the pool of candidates and his dark demeanor and resemblance to Pierce Brosnan may do him a world of good when trying to be the new James Bond.
William Hill is operated by WHG (International) Limited, which is a company registered in Gibraltar. The betting operator is registered by the Gambling Commission for customers in Great Britain, and licensed by the Gibraltar Government and regulated by the Gibraltar Gambling Commissioner.
They are one of the most reputable bookmakers in the world and they have achieved this by offering varied betting markets and lots of promotions such as their £30 William Hill Free Bet on a minimum deposit of £10.
James Norton is William Hill’s top favourite to be the next James Bond film after Daniel Craig leaves the post and is given odds of 2/1. Tom Hardy (3/1), Jack Huston (4/1), Idris Elba (6/1), Tom Hiddleston (6/1) and Aidan Turner (7/1) make up the top 6 favourites for the role of the famous 007.
What makes William Hill different from other betting operators is the number of candidates in their offer. For example, you can bet on one of Ryan Gosling (40/1), Colin Salmon (66/1) or Jack Fox (80/1); or you can back complete outsiders such as Will Smith (200/1) and David Beckham (200/1).
Coral is a betting operator which is run by Coral Interactive (Gibraltar) Limited and is licensed by the Government of Gibraltar and regulated by the Gibraltar Gambling Commissioner. This means that Coral is a perfectly reliable betting provider for everyone accessing the site from the UK.
Furthermore, they make their offer much more attractive by giving betting enthusiasts the chance to bet on various markets, while also gaining lots of bonuses and promotions such as their £20 free bet offer, when you bet £5 for the first time.
When it comes to their Next James Bond betting market, Coral try to keep things interesting by including as many candidates for the post as they can. Their list contains close to 60 names and it even includes politicians such as Jeremy Corbyn and Henry Bolton who are given odds of 250/1 and 500/1 respectively.
In terms of the favourites, Tom Hardy and James Norton both have odds of 3/1 and, as with other bookmakers, they are the hot shots to take over from Daniel Craig. This leading duo is followed by the likes of Jack Huston (6/1), Idris Elba (8/1), and Aidan Turner (8/1).
Ladbrokes is one of the most famous UK betting operators and is regulated by both the British Gambling Commission and the Gibraltar Gambling Commissioner. The bookmaker takes a lot of pride in providing top-notch services to its punters and their betting promotions and bonuses are renowned for being very generous. Their daily odds boosts, 5 team accumulator insurance and up to £50 free matched bet Welcome Bonus are particularly enticing for punters.
Ladbrokes’ main favourites for being the next 007 are James Norton and Tom Hardy and both of them are given odds of 3/1. They are followed by Jack Huston (6/1), Aidan Turner (8/1), and Idris Elba (8/1). A good outsider choice here might be James McAvoy at amazing odds of 125/1 as he can attract both male and female audiences and has proven to be a multi-layered actor.
There are also several actresses in Coral’s list and you are given odds of 11/1 if any of them becomes the next ‘James Bond’. If you want to be more specific, and you are after higher odds, you can back Emily Blunt at odds of 40/1 or Gillian Anderson of X Files fame at odds of 50/1.