Published On: Wed, Sep 29th, 2021

Next James Bond: Tom Hardy and Idris Elba steam ahead after No Time To Die premiere | Films | Entertainment


Daniel Craig‘s final James Bond film No Time To Die had its world premiere last night at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Craig attended the event alongside all of his co-stars, as well as a number of potential future Bond actors. Now, the Bond odds on the next 007 star have been released, revealing that there are some clear frontrunners, including the likes of Tom Hardy.

Hardy is best known for playing the titular antihero in Venom, as well as appearing in The Dark Knight Rises, Inception and Dunkirk.

The British star currently has incredible 5/2 odds on claiming the role after Craig from Ladbrokes.

His odds are slightly different at Coral, where John Hill gives the star 5/4.

Hill said: “Hardy has been linked to the 007 role for some time now and, given the experience he has, he could be set to be the latest actor to play the role.”

But Hardy is not guaranteed the spot just yet as Idris Elba could be gearing up to claim it.

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Following the No Time To Die premiere, legendary Luther actor Elba made an appearance – much to the pleasure of fans.

After this appearance, Ladbrokes revealed wagers have “trickled in” on the London-based star claiming the role next.

For now, Elba’s odds from Ladbrokes are at 10/1, but they look like they could be improving.

The firm’s Jessica O’Reilly commented: “Idris Elba’s appearance at a Bond premiere after-party has clearly got punters’ tongues wagging.”

Hardy and Elba are in good company, as the Bridgerton heartthrob Regé-Jean Page also has powerful odds in the 007 race.

The Netflix star has 3/1 from Coral and 7/4 from Ladbrokes, making him one of the strongest contenders in the running.

Perhaps the most interesting inclusion in the Bond odds is Lashana Lynch, who plays Nomi – the newest 007 – in No Time To Die.

Lynch has only been on the scene for a short while, but Ladbrokes have awarded her an impressive 6/1 to become the first female Bond.

Ladbrokes also revealed to Express.co.uk that Lynch has received 39 percent of all Bond bets in the last week.

This bodes well for not only Lynch’s position in the Bond franchise but also for the possibility of a female Bond in the future.

Fans may have some time to wait until the next iteration of the spy is revealed, however, following some comments made by Bond boss Barbara Broccoli.

Broccoli told BBC earlier this week: “We want Daniel to have his time of celebration. Next year we’ll start thinking about the future.”

There’s further bad news for Lynch fans, as Broccoli was also quoted in saying a female Bond would not happen.

She said: “James Bond is a male character. I hope that there will be many, many films made with women, for women, by women, about women.

“I don’t think we have to take a male character and have a woman portray him. So yes, I see him as male.”

James Bond No Time To Die hits cinemas tomorrow.



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