All the Odds for the Next Bond
The name’s Bond. James Bond. This has become one of the most iconic phrases in movie history ever since the legendary Sean Connery uttered it for the first time back in 1962 – but who will be the next to say it? There have been no less than 7 incarnations of 007, with Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan and, most recently, Daniel Craig all making a significant mark on the franchise.
Whoever the next Bond actor is, he is sure to become one of the faces of the entire cinema industry. People are already betting on that, even though Craig has promised to dress up one more time for the 2019 movie. At this stage, nothing is clear, except one thing: the next Bond won’t be Sean Been. He was already a villain in Golden Eye, and besides – his track record of surviving through movies is not exactly stellar!
1. Jack Huston (18%-25%)
English actor Jack Huston recently made his breakthrough in 2016 blockbuster Ben-Hur. The movie turned out to be a rather lacking adaptation of the titular novel, but Huston was one of the few saving graces. He was considered an outside bet for the Bond mantle just a year ago, but taking the reigns in the chariot races at the Roman circus seems to have shot him top of the rankings in the past half a year. His gig in the upcoming crime drama The Irishman, along with proven veterans like Al Pacino and Robert de Niro, will surely build on his reputation even further.
Huston has an intriguing background, with an American father and an English mother, and a bloodline that can be traced to Robert Walpole, the first Prime Minister of Great Britain. He is sure to be around for a while yet, and is rumoured to be one of Barbara Broccoli’s favourites for the role. With his tendency to star in Scorsese titles, he has time on his side, and some impressive tutors to help him further his skills. You can bet on him with 3/1 and 4/1 odds, though you will still find 9/2 at some places.
2. Tom Hardy (20%-25%)
A much more familiar name, Tom Hardy was considered the James Bond frontrunner for quite a while – so long, in fact, that the rumours grew a little stale. Hardy’s hulking figure has been a prominent feature in many movies ever since he debuted in Ridley Scot’s Black Hawk Dawn. He played iconic villain Bane in Nolan’s last Batman movie, took part in Inception and The Revenant alongside DiCaprio, received the main role in Mad Max, and got two main roles in Legend. In Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy he even got to play British spy Ricki Tarr – so he already has some experience on the field!
Hardy has also been appearing quite frequently on the TV screen, having just recently co-produced and starred in the dark historical drama Taboo, but also with prominent roles in Peaky Blinders and The Take. His hard profile makes him an intriguing prospect for the Bond role, as he tends to offer a rather gritty take on most of his characters. He is still considered one of the major favourites, but has been dropping off in the last few months – with the prospect of a Bond opening postponed until further notice, there is a chance he might have moved on to other long-term projects by the time the role becomes available. He is still one of the stable betting options, with odds ranging from 3/1 to 4/1.
3. Idris Elba (11%-14%)
– Elba is one of the most intriguing names on the list, with Broccoli reportedly eager to introduce the first black Blond to the franchise. He was born in London, and has already starred in hard roles such as Stringer Bell in The Wire and Nelson Mandela in the biographical series Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom. Also, he makes in awesome Heimdall in the Thor movies! He would be one of the perfect choices to make history, if the studio decides to go this way. Earlier in the year there were strong hints that Elba might be the next actor to receive the infamous Licence to Kill, so he is still considered one of the favourites.
Many prominent actors have publicly voiced their support for Elba, but the rumours have gradually been losing steam. With Craig’s decision to remain on board for Bond 25, it might still be some time before we see his rendition of 007, but he remains the third of fourth best placed candidate at most casinos, with odds between 7/1 and 8/1. He would indeed be a good option if you want to ignore the current favourites.
4. James Norton (11%-13%)
James Norton’s name was thrown into the mix shortly after the Elba rumours. A popular choice, Norton has been flexing his acting muscles with quite varied roles, ranging from a crime-solving vicar in Grantchester to a violent rapist in Happy Valley, which also marked his big breakthrough. A studious actor with a background in Theology, and a strong focus on Hinduism and Buddhism, Norton is one of the refreshing options for the Bond role. He seemed a hot pick back in April, but a big obstacle was the fact that as a vivid Craig fan, he was hoping that Daniel would not step down – and turned out to be right!
Still, he remains one of the hot favourites, and his relatively younger age makes him a good pick in the long run. By the time Craig steps down, Norton might be at the perfect stage of his career to follow in the footsteps of his idol – and he does have the added advantage of naturally responding to the name James. You can bet on him with 8/1 odds at most places.
5. Aidan Turner (11%-13%)
Rounding up our list is Aidan Turner, the popular Irishman who has been linked with the role for the past few years. The Clondalkin lad used to be an apprentice electrician before he found his love for acting, and has since made his name in hit series Being Human and The Clinic. His lead role in the historical series Poldark allowed him to make his mark in the industry and got him a lot of support for the Bond role. Later on he played cynical mercenary Philip Lombard in And Then There Were None, and even got to be a dwarf for several years in Peter Jackson’s trilogy The Hobbit.
There were times when Turner was considered one of the leading candidates for the next Bond, but there hasn’t been anything concrete for quite a while – though he was unusually coy about the topic when asked at the beginning of 2017. As speculations were rising, his Poldark co-star Eleanor Tomlinson also threw her hat into the ring, which led to suggestions that Aidan might have to settle for being the next Blond Girl! Just as Norton and Elba, he is placed at 7/1 or 8/1 by most bookies.
Rest of the Pack
With Craig’s decision to once more don the suit of 007, the crowning of the next Bond will have to be postponed for a few years – but just as death and taxes, the speculations of the English public will not be deterred! The role is up for grabs, and the list of possible candidates will only grow larger in the next few years. Some of the more neglected names might turn into serious contenders – so if you want to place your bet on a dark horse, now will be a good time to find him!
Tom Hiddleston – Well-known for his role as Loki in the Marvel Universe, Tom Hiddleston has long been linked with the elusive 007 role, and he would make a rather devious Bond indeed; however, earlier rumours that he is considered ‘too smug’ by producer Barbara Broccoli have turned him into an outside bet at best.
Michael Fassbender – Another actor more famous for his villainous roles, Fassbender was one of the long-running favourites for the role – until he personally said that he would never play James Bond. Still, never say never, and in the next few years literally anything could happen.
Damian Lewis – Unlike Fassbender, former English King Henry VIII – pardon, Damian Lewis – is adamant that he wants to be the next Bond. In fact, he admits that he did ‘everything he could’ to land the role – including sending postcards from exotic locations and pictures of his abs.
Female Bond – Sooner or later, there will be e Bond in a skirt. With a host of actresses from Vicky McClure to Priyanka Chopra having expressed their interest in the role (jokingly or not), this is an enticing option – though it will surely raise the question who the first Bond Guy should be.
Benedict Cumberbatch – Benedict Cumberbatch will be the dream Bond of many female fans – but at 100-1, the odds do not look good. The actor himself acknowledged that there is little chance he will take up the mantle of 007, and also threatened that if this somehow came to be, he would be a rather ‘unconventional’ Bond and ‘shake up’ the industry.
Will Smith – His name is Smith. Will Smith. And he would love to be the next Bond – but probably won’t be. Honestly, his name put twitter in a frenzy at the beginning of 2017, but there has never been anything substantial behind the rumour, and Smith himself acknowledged Idris Elba as the better candidate. However, at 150-1, he is still an option.
David Beckham – Yep, that David Beckham. Swinging a sword in Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur seems to have stirred his lust for action, because he actually auditioned for the Bond role – in the Late Late Show. His acting was not up to par with his football skills, and with James Corden as his Bond Girl, even the 500-1 odds seem a little generous.