The latest odds on who is in the running to be the next James Bond make for interesting reading. One boss of the production company that creates the films has ruled out a woman taking over
Somewhere out there is the next 007 with a license to kill.
Daniel Craig revolutionised the part of James Bond from turning it away from the growling Scottish tones of Sean Connery and the deep, booming suaveness of Roger Moore into a brooding blond looking for love.
Some fans didn’t like the transformation the character went under, while others loved the change-up. Either way, the next person playing the MI6 agent has big shoes to fill.
Shrouded in secrecy, the company responsible for naming the next bond, Eon Productions, keep their cards close to their chest.
Much has been speculated, but nothing has been confirmed. The possibility of the first female in the role does seem to have been ruled out by Eon Productions chief Barbara Broccoli.
So who will be the next James Bond?
Ladbrokes’ favourite to be the next James Bond is Bridgerton star R egé-Jean Page.
Page began with roles in the BBC’s Waterloo Road and on stage as part of The History Boys, before landing his part in Bridgerton as Simon Basset, a portrayal that landed him a range of awards due to his talent on screen.
The Londoner became a favourite with fans of the show and would be a popular choice, but his age may deter his selection. At only 31 he may be considered a little young by Bond’s traditionalists, though Craig was 37 when he took the role.
Page being given the role would also be a landmark moment for the series, with the first time the role has gone to a person of colour.
He is closely followed at 4/1 by acting legend Tom Hardy, known for his roles in the Batman franchise, as well as Peaky Blinders and as the Kray twins in the 2015 film Legend.
The rest of Ladrokes’ tips are as follows:
- Henry Cavill – 6/1
- James Norton – 6/1
- Tom Hopper – 6/1
- Idris Elba – 8/1
- Richard Madden – 8/1
- Jamie Bell – 10/1
When will we know?
We don’t have an exact date on when the new James Bond will be announced, but it won’t be until 2022 at least.
For now, Eon Productions are revelling in the success of the latest film in the series, No Time To Die. It has already made over £520 million worldwide, according to Forbes.
Broccoli said: “We’re not thinking about it at all. We want Daniel to have his time of celebration. Next year we’ll start thinking about the future”.
With so much success and the series so loved, the producers won’t be in any rush to name a person soon.
Will a woman play the next Bond?
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Despite all the speculation, the next Bond probably won’t be a woman. She echoed the thoughts of Daniel Craig, who believes that major roles should be created for women, instead of them having to take over from a man.
Broccoli said to the Hollywood Reporter: “I don’t think there are enough great roles for women, and it’s very important to me that we make movies for women about women.
“He should be British, so British can be any [ethnicity or race].”
“I think it will be a man because I don’t think a woman should play James Bond. I believe in making characters for women and not just having women play men’s roles.”