Tom Hardy? Idris Elba? Bookmakers set their odds on the next James Bond

  • Daniel Craig recently confirmed for fifth and final Bond film
  • Tom Hardy is the bookies’ favourite to replace him

After much speculation, Daniel Craig recently confirmed that he will indeed be starring in the next James Bond film.

Tom Hardy, left, or Idris Elba, have been billed as among the favorites to be the next James Bond.
Tom Hardy, left, or Idris Elba, have been billed as among the favorites to be the next James Bond.

The as-yet-untitled 25th Bond film is set to hit cinemas in November, 2019 and will be Craig’s fifth film as the world’s most famous spy, as well as his last. With the actor confirming the film will be his final denouement, speculation is rife as to who will replace him.

Paddy Power

It’s Tom Hardy who’s the favorite at Paddy Power, with odds of 4-1. The second favorite is Jack Huston, on 9-2, with both Aidan Turner and Idris Elba on 7-1 and both Tom Hiddleston and James Norton on 8-1.

While the top 10 is, understandably, all male given that James Bond himself is male, coming 11th in the current betting is actress Gillian Anderson at 33-1. That’s still ahead of Benedict Cumberbatch at 66-1.

What do Hills say?

Over at William Hill, the betting is quite similar. Again Tom Hardy is the favorite with odds of 3-1, with Jack Huston second favourite at 4-1. Then Aidan Turner, Idris Elba and Tom Hiddleston are all on 6-1, while James Norton is on 8-1.

Ladbrokes

Ladbrokes has the same six names as the most likely contenders. Just as with William Hill, it’s Tom Hardy on top at 9-2, followed by Jack Huston at 6-1 and Aidan Turner on 7-1. Both James Norton and Tom Hiddleston are on 9-1, while Idris Elba is on 10-1. With Ladbrokes, you can also bet on ‘any female’ becoming the next Bond – this currently has odds of 12-1. That seems quite slim but another British institution, Dr Who, has gone female.

Predictions

Across the board, it’s the six actors mentioned above who are doing the best in the betting. It’s likely going to be a few years before the next Bond is announced and before that happens, the current betting patterns could well see a lot of changes – though Tom Hardy is the current favorite, predicting the next bond is not always straightforward.

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