James Bond Fans Want One A-Lister to Don the Iconic Tuxedo

by Chris Haney
(Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

As Daniel Craig‘s time as James Bond comes to an end, fans of the 007 film franchise are eagerly awaiting an announcement about who will play the British Secret Service agent next. While there is no set date to reveal who will take over the famous role, oddsmakers and fans have a clear favorite.

Most recently, actor Daniel Craig finished his last film with the series when No Time to Die released in October. It brought his 15-year run as James Bond to a close after starring in five 007 films since 2005. The popular film franchise premiered in 1962 with Dr. No. With the 60th anniversary of the movies coming up next year, fans should finally find out who will take over the iconic role.

Recently, British betting company Coral updated their odds as to who will don the black tuxedo next. We’ve heard numerous names thrown into the hat in the last few years as to who should play 007 after Craig. Man of Steel actor Henry Cavill, Thor: Ragnarok star Idris Elba, The Umbrella Academy actor Tom Hooper, and more have been tipped to play Bond, James Bond. However, according to The Express, another Hollywood A-lister tops the list – Venom and Mad Max:Fury Road star Tom Hardy.

“Tom Hardy is now once again the favorite in our market for who the next James Bond will be. And we are certain that he would be an incredibly popular choice with fans for the role,” Coral wrote of Tom Hardy.

Here’s the breakdown of Coral’s most recent odds for who will take over as 007 next:

  • Tom Hardy – 4-1
  • Regé-Jean Page – 9-2
  • Henry Cavill – 6-1
  • Tom Hopper – 7-1
  • Idris Elba, Richard Madden and James Norton – 8-1
  • Riz Ahmed – 10-1
  • Luke Evans – 12-1
  • Lashana Lynch – 14-1
  • Jamie Bell, Callum Turner and Sam Heughan – 16-1

Daniel Craig Says ‘It Was Time to Finish’ with James Bond

James Bond star Daniel Craig said goodbye to the famous 007 role following No Time to Die. He’s spent well over a decade playing the main character in the spy thriller series. So it’s no surprise that during an October appearance on Good Morning America, he revealed that it’s bittersweet to say fairwell to the character.

“I think it will take me 15 years to unpack all of this,” Craig said to the GMA hosts. “It’s so crazy. Getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, that’s so surreal to me from where I come from in life. So, yeah I’m kind of just taking it all in.”

The actor told the GMA hosts that the Bond role will always be a huge part of his life. Craig added that he’s beyond thankful to have received the role and been able to play it for so long. Yet the time had come for him to move on.

“To think back for a second of what was achieved and what these movies have meant to so many people, it’s such a big deal,” he said. “But it’s time to finish. It’s done.”