The rumour mill went into overdrive about the identity of his successor after Daniel Craig announced he would not be playing James Bond again.

First Female James Bond: Here are the 13 actresses who are favourite to be the first female Bond - including 007 Lashana Lynch

It’s one of the hottest roles in cinema and the bookies have a number of famous actresses in the frame to make history as the first woman to play the lead role in the franchaise.

Ever since Daniel Craig announced that ‘No Time To Die’ would be his last James Bond film, there has been feverish speculation about his successor.

The successful candidate will become the eighth person to play Ian Fleming’s iconic character, following actors Sean Connery, David Niven, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig.

And some have suggested that it might be time for a woman to take on the world-saving roles – with one actress who has already technically held the 007 title amongst the most hotly-tipped.

Betting company William Hill are currently quoting odds for 13 actresses to don the tuxedo and enjoy a vodka martini, shaken not stirred.

Here they are, from favourite to outsider.

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