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James Bond: New 007 race heats up as Michael Fassbender challenges Tom Hardy

James Bond will be getting a revamp following No Time To Die as Daniel Craig exits and a new actor comes on board in the legendary role. Now, Michael Fassbender has caught up with the frontrunners to challenge former favourite Tom Hardy for the job. According to Ladbrokes, the X-Men star’s odds tumbled from 12-1 to 8-1 over the weekend following a flurry of bets.

That puts him on an equal footing with Venom actor Hardy, Tom Hiddleston and Outlander’s Sam Heughan.

Just ahead of them is War & Peace star Jack Lowden, who is priced at 6-1 after his odds were trimmed from 8-1 last month.

Way out ahead, however, James Norton and Richard Madden are leading the race to replace Craig.

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Madden, who played Robb Stark in Game of Thrones and sergeant David Budd in Bodyguard, is currently priced at 3-1 to take over as Bond.

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No Time To Die’s release date is creeping ever closer, with fans getting amped up for the 25th film in the franchise.

Craig’s last outing as the iconic spy will see the character retired from active service and leading a quiet life away from the action in Jamaica.

Everything changes, however, when he gets a visit from his old friend and CIA agent Felix Leiter (played by Jeffrey Wright).

Leiter asks for Bond’s help rescuing a kidnapped scientist, saying he’s the only person he can trust.

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