It’s been almost a year now since Daniel Craig ended his 15-year reign as James Bond in such explosive fashion at the end of No Time To Die. Even before he signed on for his fifth film, 007 fans speculated who might replace him. According to the latest odds from bookmakers, which should be taken with a pinch of salt, the exit star runner-up for the role in the Casino Royale auditions in 2005 is now the favourite.
Superman star Henry Cavill, who was only in his twenties when he auditioned for Casino Royale, passed Tom Hardy and Regé-Jean Page with Coral’s chances.
The 39-year-old hunk is now 2-1 with the bookies to replace Craig as 007 in Bond 26.
A spokesperson said: “Henry Cavill has been hot on our next James Bond bet over the past 24 hours. He is once again the favorite to replace Daniel Craig following this strong backing.
Hardy and Page are just behind Cavill at 3-1, while behind them are the following.
Richard Madden on 7-1, Idris Elba, James Norton and Jamie Dornan on 8-1, Michael Fassbender on 10-1, Lashana Lynch on 12-1, Sam Heughan on 14-1 and Tom Hopper and Henry Golding on 16-1 .
While auditioning to be Bond 2005, The Witcher star confessed he was shamed by director Martin Campbell.
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As for Bond’s next auditions, they may well be delayed as 007 producer Barbara Broccoli has confirmed that production on the reboot won’t begin for at least two years.
Meanwhile, Cavill may be too famous for having previously channeled Ian Fleming’s spy in other franchises.
He starred as a CIA agent in The Man From UNCLE, played the villain in Mission: Impossible – Fallout and is set to portray another spy in Argylle later this year.