It’s one of the hottest roles in cinema – and a range of famous faces are currently in the frame to play the British spy.
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 actor to play Ian Fleming’s iconic character, following Sean Connery, David Niven, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig.
There had been speculation that a woman could step into the role but the bookies’ favourites are all men, with ‘It’s a Sin’ actress Lydia West and ‘Gentleman Jack’ star Suranne Jones outsiders at odds of 33/1.
Betting news specialists VegasInsider.com, have monitored the odds data of more than 20 bookmakers, creating a percentage chance of who will be the next 007.
So, here are the actors most hotly tipped to don the tuxedo and enjoy a vodka martini, shaken not stirred.
1. Regé-Jean Page
The new favourite to win the role so many dream of landing is Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page, with odds of just 2/1.
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2. Henry Cavill
Superman and The Witcher star Henry Cavill has been favourite to be the next Bond for weeks, but has seen now his chances drop to 4/1. He's no stranger to playing iconic British characters - he'll be portraying Sherlock Holmes in the next Enola Holmes film.
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3. Idris Elba
Idris Elba first found fame in American television series The Wire. He's since landed numerous roles on the big and small screens. In spite of the reports that Idris Elba has dropped out of the running, the bookies still have him as third favourite - with an 18.25% probability.
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4. Tom Hardy
Venom star Tom Hardy has long been rumoured as a potential 007, and according to the experts has a 15.38% chance of making the role his own.
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