James Bond fans are keen to put their money where their mouths are when it comes to who will step up to the plate when Daniel Craig departs the role later this year. The Bond stalwart will be exiting the franchise after 14 years, leaving the films to move forwards into a new chapter with a new lead. Tom Hardy’s name was thrown into the mix a number of years ago when it looked like Craig wouldn’t be returning again after the release of Spectre.
However, the actor has reprised the role of Bond for one final outing: No Time To Die.
Nonetheless, the franchise is seeking a new face to take his place in the coming months.
Having been overtaken by Poldark actor Aidan Turner earlier this week, Peaky Blinders star Hardy has surged back to join the frontrunners in the race for the Bond job.
According to Ladbrokes, Hardy’s odds have been cut from 8/1 to 6/1, putting him in an equal footing with Turner.
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Craig is already the longest-serving Bond actor in history, having surpassed Roger Moore’s reign late last year.
He official took up the mantle in 2005, following in predecessor Pierce Brosnan’s footsteps.
When he bows out, however, there will be room for a brand new face to don the famous tuxedo.
Craig will make his last appearance as Bond in No Time To Die, which is set five years after the events of Spectre.