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Who will be the Next James Bond

Published: Mar 18, 11:05am Last Updated: Sep 15, 1:51pm Specials 0 Comments 1784 Views

Next James Bond Betting Odds

  • Tom Hardy popular in the James Bond betting after Pierce Brosnan interview.

  • Rege-Jean Page from Bridgerton has seen betting support and he is between 2/1 and 4/1.

  • Will we see a Jane, Jean or Joan Bond in the shape of actress Lashana Lynch?

  • 30% of OLBG members thought the next 007 should be a woman.

James Bond 18 Sep @ 13:53 - Win Contest
Rene Jean Page 3.00
Tom Hardy 3.50
Luke Evans 7.00
Loshana Lynch 7.00
Henry Cavill 9.00
Sam Heughan 13.00
Tom Hiddleston 13.00
Jack Lowden 17.00
Sope Dirisu 17.00
Laurence Fox 21.00

It seems most of the actors in the James Bond betting odds would seriously consider accepting the part were the offer to come in. 

For many new to betting the odds can be confusing, however, each of the bookmakers prices equate to a percentage figure as you can see below. 

E.G If you knew that Tom Hardy was being considered by the producers, then you may feel that he had a better than 28.57% chance of being the next 007, then you would bet on him at the odds on offer. 

If you felt he had a less than 28.57% chance of being given the role you would look at another candidate. 

James Bond Contender Bookmakers Odds As A Percentage Fractional Odds
Rene Jean Page
Tom Hardy 28.57% 5/2
Luke Evans 25.00% 3/1
James Norton 23.09% 100/30
Lashana Lynch 14.29% 6/1

There is a huge responsibility on whoever is next to play James Bond, he must have star quality and as importantly be a great actor.

Nigel Skinner - OLBG.com Betting Expert

Super Six

10/06/2021: A hardcore of six actors are towards the head of the James Bond odds. Rene Jean Page, Tom Hardy, Luke Evans, James Norton, Sam Heughan, Tom Hiddleston.

We have had a host of different favourites for the role, with some bookies we have one favourite and with another firm a completely different actor.

It looks as if the layers are as in the dark as the rest of us!

Initially, James Norton was heading the market with most of the online bookmakers to become the next James Bond.

The thirty-four-year-old is best known for his role as Sidney Chambers in Grantchester.  Norton had seen steady bookmaker betting support since the market initially opened.

Tom Hardy was another actor who had seen sustained support in the next James Bond market. His odds fluctuated between odds on and odds against, he would be a more scowling aggressive 007. 

A female James Bond?

Could the producers consider a female playing 007? Actress Lashana Lynch looks like the leading candidate in a sea full of men. The Londoner is around 6/1 to be cast in the role.

Bridgerton star Rege -Jean Page was then catapulted to the top spot after impressing in the Netflix period drama. 

Now we have Welsh actor Luke Evans as the new James Bond favourite. The 42-year-old is the right kind of age for the role and would be the second 007 from the principality after Timothy Dalton. 

Popular actor Idris Elba seems to have the social awareness needed for a spy in a modern and changing world + he likes fast cars! 

Richard Madden who played Robb Stark in the blockbuster Game of Thrones and also won a Golden Globe in 2019 for his role in the BBC hit Bodyguard, was a younger name linked to 007. 

Jack Lowden could be a dark horse as Daniel Craig was, the 31-year-old appeared in the stage version of a Chariots Of Fire, one of the producers of that adaptation was none other than Bond supremo Barbara Broccoli. 

Idris Elba As James Bond?

24/12/2020: Did anyone think it odd that Paul McCartney was interviewed by Idris Elba? Remember the former Beatle has a connection to James Bond having written the title song Live and Let Die.

Below are the top contenders and their James Bond betting odds. 

You can see what ages and heights the actors are. 

You can compare and contrast their suitability for the role in relation to the previous James Bonds in the next section. 

James Bond Timeline

05/07/2021: Lashana Lynch is now just 6/1 with one leading bookmaker to be the next James Bond. 

28/06/2021: Tom Hardy supported as we come to the end of June 2021 after former Bond Pierce Brosnan says Hardy would be a good candidate for the role, he also highlights that  "Idris Elba would be magnificent"

11/06/2021: Different bookmakers are split on the James Bond favourite, some have Page, others Evans or Hardy.

27/04/2021: Luke Evans who we most recently saw in The Pembrokeshire Murders on ITV says " I would jump at the chance to play Bond" 

08/04/2021: Rege-Jean Page moves to the head of the James Bond betting!

15/03/2021: Billie Eilish wins Grammy for No Time To Die Theme. 

09/03/2021: Sam Heughan in an interview with Esquire Magazine indicates that he like most actors would be interested in the role.

04/03/2021: Speculation on the next James Bond has quietened down. We are guessing no official news until Autumn 2021, to tie in with the release of Die Another Day.

01/02/2021Die Another Day pushed back to October 2021.

07/01/2021:  The latest name to be mooted as a potential 007 is Rege-Jean Page. The London-born actor impressed us as the Duke Of Hastings in Bridgerton. 

09/12/2020: UPDATE: The new James Bond film Die Another Day is now scheduled for release in April 2021. We may not hear a formal announcement of the new James Bond until spring 2021. 

30/11/2020 UPDATE: Some bookmakers (Unibet) now make Tom Hardy odds on to be the next James Bond, although Ladbrokes are still odds against.

01/11/2020 UPDATE: it has gone a touch quiet on the James Bond betting market with Hardy and Norton still in pole position.

23/10/2020 UPDATE: Richard Madden (The Bodyguard) is the latest actor to see support in the Next James Bond Betting Market, most notably with Betfair/Paddy Power

15/10/2020 UPDATE: Paddy Power and Betfair reopened the Next James Bond Odds, with no announcement made. 

05/10/2020 UPDATE: Most bookmakers have suspended betting on the next James Bond with Tom Hardy being rumoured to have secured 007 status, however, Ladbrokes still has betting odds on offer.  

03/10/2020 UPDATE: The release of the new James Bond film No Time To Die has been pushed into next year (2021)in the light of the COVID 19 pandemic.  

28/09/2020 UPDATE: No announcement has yet been made on the next James Bond - if the bookmakers reopen the James Bond betting market we will add the new prices. 

James Bond Contender Height Age
Tom Hardy
5ft 9 inches (1.75m)
Luke Evans
6ft (1.83m)
James Norton
6ft 1 inch (1.85m)
Rege-Jean Page
6ft 2 inches (1.88m)
Tom Hiddleston
6ft 2 inches (1.88 m)
Tom Hardy
5ft 9 inches (1.75m)
Sam Heughan
6ft 2 inches (1.88 m
Henry Cavill 6ft 1 inches (1.85m) 37
Idris Elba 6ft 2 inches (1.88 m) 47
Michael Fassbender
6ft (1.83m)
Aidan Turner
5ft 10 inches (1.79m)
Cillian Murphy 5ft 8 inches (1.72m) 44
Richard Madden 5ft 10 inches (1.77m) 34
Jack Lowden 6ft 1 inch (1.85m) 30
Tom Hiddleston 6ft 2 inches (1.88 m) 39
Chris Hemsworth
6ft (1.83m)
Henry Golding 6ft (1.83m) 33
Jamie Bell 5ft 7 inches (1.7m) 34
Chris Hemsworth 6ft (1.83m) 37
Benedict Cumberbatch 6ft (1.83m) 44

Daniel Craig Advice

Daniel Craig was interviewed on the Jimmy Fallon show and had some advice for whoever takes on the James Bond Role, he said - Don't Fxxx it up !!

Hey Jude!

Paddy Power have added Jude Law towards the head of the betting in the next James Bond betting market!

Head Of The James Bond Betting Market

Both James Norton and Sam Heughan have seen their Next James Bond odds shorten in early September.

William Hill

As of the end of August 2020, the best overall prices seem to be on offer from bookmakers William Hill.

Tom Hardy - Market Mover

17th May 2020 - Tom Hardy has been a market mover over the past month. Available as big as 16/1 in April, he has been cut to a best price of 8/1 at present and as short as 3/1 with some firms!

Sam Heughan Market Mover

14th August 2020 - Despite the strength of the favourite James Norton, the odds for Sam Heughan and Richard Madden have been cut by many of the big bookmakers.

Previous Actors to play James Bond

So, who was the first actor to portray James Bond? Sean Connery, right? In fact, he was not the first, he was not actually the second either!

On the 21st of October in 1954 as part of the Climax Mystery Theater television series, Barry Nelson played the role of James Bond in an hour-long version of Casino Royale on CBS! 

Best James Bond Ever

Sean Connery was overwhelmingly chosen as the favourite James Bond by OLBG members.

Two years later, Bob Holness of Blockbusters fame is credited as being the second person to portray James Bond. This time not on TV or in the movie theatres but on South African Radio! In a live broadcast, Holness played James Bond in an adaptation of Moonraker!

The average age of the last 6 James Bonds when they took up the role was just over 38 years old. 

The average age of the last 6 James Bond when they finished the role was nearly 45 years old. 

 Previous James Bond Height Age At First James Bond Appearance Age At Last James Bond Appearance
Years As James Bond
George Lazenby  6ft 2 Inches (1.87) 30 30 1
Sean Connery 6ft 2 Inches (1.87) 32 37 5
Daniel Craig 5ft 9 Inches (1.77) 38 52 14
Timothy Dalton 6ft 2 Inches (1.87) 41 43 2
Pierce Brosnan 6ft 1 Inch (1.85) 42 49 7
Roger Moore 6ft 1 Inch (1.85) 46 58 12
Average 1.85 38.16 44.83 7

Sean Connery

Sean Connery was the first James Bond actor in a proper feature-length movie when taking up the role in the 1962 movie 'Dr. No' at the age of 32. Connery went on to feature in the next three films, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger and Thunderball.

The 1967 release of 'Casino Royale' was a role in which Connery turned down but he returned later in the year when starring in You Only Live Twice but would that be the end of Connery as Bond?

He did not feature in the next film in the franchise (On Her Majesty's Secret Service) but production wanted him back and it was an 'at any cost' move to bring back Connery as Bond. He agreed to a deal worth £1.25m to return as Bond in Diamonds Are Forever in 1971, in today's money, that is a deal worth around £27m!

Twelve years after starring in Diamonds Are Forever, Connery returned as Agent 007 to portray Bond in the 1983 film Never Say Never Again which was the last time he appeared as James Bond.

In total Sean Connery starred in six movies as James Bond over a span of nine years which brought in an approximate $632m at the box office.

Year Movie Director Box Office
1962 Dr. No Terence Young $59m
1963 From Russia with Love Terence Young $78m
1964 Goldfinger Guy Hamilton $124m
1965 Thunderball Terence Young $141m
1967 You Only Live Twice Lewis Gilbert $111m
1971 Diamonds Are Forever Guy Hamilton $116m

David Niven

David Niven’s career as 007 was a short-lived one but interestingly it could have been completely different as it is rumoured that Niven was actually Ian Fleming’s first choice for the Bond role prior to Connery being signed up.

By the time this film came around, Niven wasn’t the first choice anymore, the role was actually offered to both Sean Connery and Peter Sellers who both turned it down. David Niven was fifty-six years old when he played the character in the ‘Casino Royale’ film.

This wasn’t your typical bond movie in it was more of a prequel to Dr. No where Niven played an elderly Bond who was coming to the end of his career and would be passing the torch on to the next 007 agent which would, in theory, be Connery.

In terms of money, the movie was somewhat of a flop compared to other Bond movies, it’s reported that production costs were around $12m, more than any of the movies Connery starred in and only brought in $41m at the box office, the lowest-grossing Bond movie.

Year Movie Director Box Office
1967 Casino Royale Val Guest $41m

George Lazenby

The next man to play Bond was Australian George Lazenby in what would be his first major casting as an Actor having been spotted in an advertisement. Unfortunately, Lazenby is labelled by many as the worst Bond of all-time.

The thirty-year-old starred in the 1969 movie, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and actually left the role before the film was actually released and during filming never actually signed a contract because of a breakdown in negotiations.

Despite the film coming in for a lot of criticism for bringing in an unknown actor lacking any experience, the film still produced $82m at the box office when production costs were only around $8m.

George Lazenby continued his acting career and is still to this day performing roles in movies.

Year Movie Director Box Office
1969 On Her Majesty's Secret Service Peter R. Hunt $82m

Roger Moore

The creators seemed to scrape their idea of bringing in an inexperienced actor after Lazenby and turned to forty-six-year-old Roger Moore. Moore was already a big name having starred in the TV hit series The Saint and The Persuaders and was actually considered for On Her Majesty’s Secret Service but at the time was unavailable.

Moore’s first film in a run which saw him become the actor to star in the most films as James Bond was Live and Let Die in 1973, a movie which became the most successful at the box office when released with it bringing in $161m worldwide from a production budget of just $7m.

The Man with the Golden Gun which was released a year later in 1974 but did not have the same effect as his first film, it only achieved $97m at the box office, some $64m less than Live and Let Die, however, things got a lot better for Moore.

After a break of three years with no Bond movies, The Spy Who Loved Me was released in 1977, the long-awaited movie saw the production budget doubled from $7m to $14m which resulted in the biggest return at the box office with $185m.

Moore appeared in his fourth Bond movie in 1979 when Moonraker was released and it smashed it again at the box office, beating the previous best with a return of $210m, the highest-grossing Bond movie of all-time at the time.

He then went on to appear in three more Bond movies taking his total to seven, those were For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983) and A View To Kill (1985). Over his seven movies, they saw a box office gross of $1.1bn!

Year Movie Director Box Office
1973 Live and Let Die Guy Hamilton $161m
1974 The Man with the Golden Gun Guy Hamilton $97m
1977 The Spy Who Loved Me Lewis Gilbert $185m
1979 Moonraker Lewis Gilbert $210m
1981 For Your Eyes Only John Glen $195m
1983 Octopussy John Glen $187m
1985 A View to a Kill John Glen $152m

Timothy Dalton

After Roger Moore retired in 1985 the search was on for a new Bond and there were three names considered, Sam Neill who was the directors first choice for the role, Pierce Brosnan and Timothy Dalton.

It turned out that producer Broccoli was not too keen on Sam Neill and with Pierce Brosnan being contracted on a TV show the decision was to offer forty-one-year-old Timothy Dalton the role as the new Bond.

The first Bond movie to feature Dalton as 007 was the 1987 release, The Living Daylights, with a production budget of $40m, the film grossed $191m at the box office, that was only the third highest-grossing Bond film at the time despite the large budget.

Dalton returned to our screens as Bond in 1989 in Licence to Kill, this movie had an even bigger budget of $42k but did not hit expectations grossing just $156m at the box office and only the eighth best-grossing Bond movie.

There was somewhat a lack of connection between the viewers and Dalton role as Bond and because of this, the decision was made to make a switch, therefore, ending Dalton reign as Agent 007.

Year Movie Director Box Office
1987 The Living Daylights John Glen $191m
1989 Licence to Kill John Glen $156m

Pierce Brosnan

Moving into the '90s, we had no Bond, there had been 5 years without a movie and then in 1994, the team behind the movies went back to an actor they had looked at before but was unavailable at the time, Pierce Brosnan.

The forty-two-year-old's first appearance as Bond came in the 1995 release, Goldeneye, a film which grossed over $356m at the box office! The success of that movie put him in a position where he could ask for anything, with a salary of $4m for Goldeneye, that jumped to $8.2m for his second movie, Tomorrow Never Dies.

Despite grossing $339m at the box office, the production budget was $50m more than Goldeneye. The team were keen to keep hold of Brosnan as Bond which saw his salary rise to $12.4m for the 1999 release, The World is Not Enough and then $16.5m for the 2002 hit, Die Another Day.

The World is Not Enough grossed $361m and Die Another Day grossed $431m meaning in just four films featuring Brosnan the total gross was $1.4bn.

Brosnan wasn't finished here, or at least that is what he thought, he wanted to feature in a fifth film as Bond in a movie planned to be released in 2004 however, negotiations broke down and Brosnan left the role of Bond.

Year Movie Director Box Office
1995 GoldenEye Martin Campbell $356m
1997 Tomorrow Never Dies Roger Spottiswoode $339m
1999 The World Is Not Enough Michael Apted $361m
2002 Die Another Day Lee Tamahori $431m

Daniel Craig

And then there was Daniel Craig! Craig said once he read the script for what would be his first film as Bond (Casino Royale) that he loved it and he wanted to tell the story as Bond. There were many critics to the selection of the new bond, fans threatening to boycott the movie because Craig did not fit the image of Bond. 

The thirty-eight-year-old was on a relatively low salary of just $3.4m (Brosnan's last film was a $16.5m salary), Craig took his place as Bond for Casino Royale. Released in 2006 with a production budget lower than the previous three Bond releases, the movie smashed it a the box office grossing a total of $594m.

Craig's performance in the film won over a lot of those who doubted him from Bond fans to the press and this led to him being retained for the next movie in the James Bond franchise, Quantum of Solace which was released in 2008 and Craig earned a bumper $8.9m salary.

The production budget skyrocketed, Casino Royale had $102m, this movie had $230! Even so, the box office gross was less than his first film, bring in $591m.

There was a four-year break until we saw Daniel Craig portray Bond again when Skyfall was released in 2012, the much-admired Sam Mendes was brought in to direct this movie, the budget dropped to $200m but at the box office, the film grossed over $1.1bn making it the most successful Bond movie to date and the 28th best movie of all-time.

Mendes & Craig teamed up again in 2015 to attempt to follow up on their success with Skyfall with the release of Spectre, there was an additional $100m thrown into the budget and the film was well-received even though it brought in less than Skyfall with it grossing $879m at the box office.

The upcoming 2020 release, No Time to Die will be Craig's fifth and final appearance as Agent 007, American filmmaker and producer of the excellent first season True Detective Cary Joji Fukunaga takes over director duties of the movie which was given a $250m budget.

Year Movie Director Box Office
2006 Casino Royale Martin Campbell $594m
2008 Quantum of Solace Marc Forster $591m
2012 Skyfall Sam Mendes $1.1b
2015 Spectre Sam Mendes $879m
2021 No Time to Die Cary Joji Fukunaga

What to Look For in the next James Bond

Producer Albert Broccoli once said that Bond should be played between 35 and 40 years old. This was evident when he met with Timothy Dalton to discuss the possibility of playing bond early in his career when in his mid-twenties but Broccoli said he was too young at the time.

If you look at the last three actors to play Bond, there were only four years between them when they first appeared on screen as 007. Dalton was 41, Brosnan 42 and Craig 38. Prior to that, there was quite some different with Connery 32, Lazenby 30 and then Moore 46.

There certainly seems to have been a swing towards the older actors with Craig at 38 being the youngest of the last four so will the produces be looking at those in their late thirties / early forties?

What to Look For in the next James Bond

Another thing we could look at is where they came from in terms of their acting career. Sean Connery was more TV than movies featuring in the likes of TV series An Age of Kings and ITV Play of the Week. Roger Moore was very much a TV man too, as already mentioned he starred in the hit TV series The Saint and The Persuaders.

Timothy Dalton before getting his role as Bond was also more TV than movies, starring in shows like Sins, Jane Eyre and Mistral’s Daughter whilst Pierce Brosnan was more of a Movie actor. He did a few TV movies as well as the likes of Mrs Doubtfire.

Daniel Craig started off in tv series but when it came to Bond he was already very much on the movie scene starring in movies like Layer Cake and Munich. So the last two were more movie actors before taking up the role which was different from those before them.

Potential James Bond Actors

So the main question is, Who will replace Daniel Craig as James Bond? Here we can have a look at the main contenders to be the next James Bond according to the betting markets.

James Norton

The thirty-four-year-old English actor leads the way with the bookies, Norton is best known for his work on TV, starring in shows like McMafia, Granchester and Happy Valley.

james norton

Norton has three projects in post-production and has just finished shooting the new TV series ‘The Nevers’. It has been reported that Norton had met with producer Barbara Broccoli several times regarding the role and speculation there was a £40m contract on the table and Ladbrokes cut him to 4/5 before suspending the market.

However, no news has come out regarding this, Ladbrokes have since reopened their market and he is currently available at 2/1 for them which makes you question if the rumours were true or if there was some sort of breakdown in negotiations.

Tom Hiddleston

The name Tom Hiddleston must be one of the most linked names to the role of James Bond over the past couple of years, the Scottish born actor seems to fit the role, tall, dark and handsome and being thirty-nine years of age is at the ideal age for the role.

Tom Hiddleston

Hiddleston has taken a wander in the markets over recent months though, last year he was the 2/1 favourite to land the role but as you can see, he is now as big as 13/2 and Hiddleston has a bit of work coming up for the new Disney+ streaming service.

He is currently filming a TV series based on his Avengers character Loki, this is a six-part series and could well link to the new Doctor Strange series which could mean even more work for Hiddlestone.

He is also due to film a new Netflix series called ‘White Stork’ so the question is with all of this upcoming work, would there even be time for a Bond role?

Richard Madden

Many will know Richard Madden for lines such as ‘How can I call myself King If I can’t hold my own castle?’ and his role as Robb Stark is the blockbuster Game of Thrones but he was also the main reason for the hit BBC show Bodyguard to.

Richard Madden

At just thirty-three years of age, you have to questions whether Madden is not quite ready for the role as Bond, as Albert Broccoli once pointed out he thought the ideal age was 35-40 and I am sure Barbara probably thinks the same way.

Madden recently starred in two of the best movies of 2019 in the Rocketman and also 1917, he is another to jump on the ‘Marvel Studios’ bandwagon and is scheduled to star in the new ‘Eternals’ movie alongside Angelina Jolie and GOT friend Kit Harington.

He is also due to film a new TV mini-series called ‘Citadel’ with Priyanka Chopra but other than that, he has nothing else scheduled. Could Broccoli turn to a younger actor who is seriously making a name for himself?

Sam Heughan

Three of the four at the head of the market are Scottish born which includes Sam Haughan, the thirty-nine-year-old actor is probably the least known of the four actors too but he has been kept busy during his acting career.

Sam Heughan

His best-known role is that of Jamie Fraser in the period drama ‘Outlander’ in which combat nurse travels back in time. He did feature in the 2018 movie ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ which is same ways was a take on a Bond movie.

He also featured in the recently released ‘Bloodshot’ starring Vin Diesel and is set to portray Paul Newman in a movie called ‘An Unquiet Life’ which is yet to be shot as well as a UK movie called ‘SAS: Red Notice’.

Could Sam Heughan be the next Bond? From BBC drama ‘Doctors’ to blockbuster movie icon James Bond?

Are they too old to play Bond?

Those are the main contenders based on the betting odds.

To check the current betting odds please scroll back up to the top of the page. 

However you can not rule out actors like Michael Fassbender, who in terms of looks and the way he comes across is a perfect fit but at 42, how long would a reign as Bond last.

Michael Fassbender
Another name that is always linked to the role is forty-seven-year-old Idris Elba

The star of BBC hit Luther seems to have a lot of upcoming projects and his profile is being raised.

Idris Elba
Probably one of the most talked-about actors is Tom Hardy but the bookies don’t seem to agree, 

Like Fassbender, you have to question his age being 42 and whether the producers are looking for a 1-2 film Bond or a longterm Bond.

Tom Hardy
There is no official date that the new James Bond actor is due to be announced.

Plenty of people have speculated it will come around the time of the release of ‘No Time to Die’ which keeps getting pushed back and will now be released in Spring 2021.


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