Speculation around who will be named the next James Bond has been raging ever since Daniel Craig announced he was stepping down from the iconic role back in 2019, with Idris Elba, Tom Hardy, Regé-Jean Page, James Norton, Henry Cavill (the list goes on) all touted to be the next 007.
Sadly, there is still no definitive news, but a new frontrunner has emerged in Bullet Train and Kick-Ass star Aaron Taylor-Johnson, as rumours surface that he met with Bond producer Barbara Broccoli for an audition back in November.
He certainly fits the bill: British, male, in his thirties, semi-well-known, good looking. If you’re looking to cash in on the Marvel star, though, you’ve likely already missed out on a big return, with Sky Bet and Betfred currently placing 2/1 odds on Taylor-Johnson to land the role.
Despite the bookies backing the 32-year-old, some are less than convinced. Bond series actor Rory Kinnear, who appeared as the MI6 Chief of Staff in No Time To Die in 2021, told the One Show last week that he thinks Taylor-Johnson is ‘unlikely’ to be the next 007.
‘I always feel slightly bad for the people who are being highlighted, because that never tends to be them,’ he told hosts Alex Jones and Roman Kemp. ‘They are very good at keeping the real person secret.
‘I’d be interested to see who does take over, but it tends not to be the frontrunner. That’s historically [been the case].’
Shortly behind the bookies’ current favourite is former Superman Henry Cavill, who Skybet also have at 2/1, followed by Brigerton star Regé-Jean Page, who Betfred have at 3/1.
Page, who is still in the running for the role, seemed destined to become the next Bond after Instagram celeb rumours account Deux Moi indicated that the 34-year-old already knows he’s the next 007, but is worried about letting the news slip.
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