Next James Bond Betting Guide (Odds, How to, Contenders & History)

The next James Bond is eagerly awaited. The best betting sites are constantly updating their next James Bond Odds but the powers that be have remained tight-lipped. The James Bond betting market is packed with credible contenders but Daniel Craig will be a hard act to follow.

Next James Bond Betting Guide (Odds, How to, Contenders & History)
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Next James Bond Betting Odds

With Daniel Craig stepping down from his position as 007 the search is on for his replacement.  It seems most of the actors in the next James Bond betting odds would seriously consider accepting the part were they to be offered it. 

The Producers

It is known that the producers are looking for an actor to commit to the role for at least a decade.

The best betting sites have a mixture of established actors and relative newcomers at the head of the next James Bond odds.  There is a broad range of ages of the leading Bond candidates from the youngish Rege Jean Page to the more senior Idris Elba.  

The market currently has a host of actors and a few actresses in their extensive list of contenders, a decision on the next James Bond is surely imminent. 

James Bond 23 Mar @ 11:59 - Win Contest
Aaron Taylor-Johnson 2.63
Henry Cavill 3.00
James Norton 4.00
Rege-Jean Page 7.00
Tom Hardy 10.00
Jack Lowden 13.00
Chiwetel Ejiofor 13.00
Lucien Laviscount 15.00
Dan Stevens 15.00
Aidan Turner 15.00

Betting on the Next James Bond (How to and Possible Markets)

Did you know it was possible to make a bet on who will be the next actor to play James Bond in the film series?

Most major bookmakers are offering betting odds on which actor, or actress even, will play the character next, after Daniel Craig's departure. 

So let's take a look at the type of bets you are likely to find when considering who will be the next James Bond 007

Next James Bond Betting Markets

The most popular betting market available for this would be to predict the next actor, or even actress, that could take on the role of James Bond next. 

A list of potential actors will be provided and odds on their chances will be supplied respectively, from those most likely to get the job, to those who might be rumoured to be interested, or have been approached, right through to bookmakers offering big odds on some rather far fetched ideas of who could step into 007's shoes.

There may be some more diverse and strange markets available from time to time too, so markets may look like this

James Bond Betting Market Likely Options
Next Actor to be James Bond? List of Actors
Will James Bond be PLayed by a Female? Yes or No
What Gender will the Next James Bond be? Male - Female - non-Binary - A Toaster!
How Old Will the Next James Bond Be? Specific Ages or Age Ranges
How Many Films Will the Next James Bond Act In? Specific numbers or Under Over a certain number

Betting sites can be quite creative when coming up with markets for these betting specials and may even open a market if they have enough requests from customers for a market they hadn't already considered.

Both the leading bookmakers and betting exchanges have James Bond odds, prices vary between different firms as do who they have as the James Bond favourite. 

It is advisable that you shop around amongst the best betting sites when you are ready to place a bet on the contender you favour. 

How to Bet on the Next James Bond

There is nothing complicated about betting on the next James Bond, it is a betting market like a list of horses for the Grand National, although it will have more options than betting on a football or tennis match.

You simply need to go to your favourite betting app and head to the TV & Specials section in the menu, select Next James Bond Betting. 


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Select A Bookmaker to bet on The Next James Bond

If you don't have a currently active online betting app on your phone, take a look at the list of available bookmakers. Betway, Paddy Power, Betfair and Smarkets all have Next James Bond betting available.

Click to see Free bets

Here you will see the option to look at the list of actors being offered as options to bet on.

  • All you need do, is click on your selection.
  • This will open up the betslip, at which point you will see confirmation of the betting odds being offered
  • Now you choose your stake - most betting sites will show you how much you can expect to have returned if your prediction is correct.
  • If you are happy, simple hit, PLACE BET, to confirm your selection, stake, and bet.
  • You will be given a receipt for your bet and it will appear in your open bets in your account details.
  • Then it's just a matter of waiting to see who is finally chosen

Betting on the Next James Bond on a Betting Exchange

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The beauty of betting exchanges in long-term markets such as the next James Bond is that you can back or lay an actor depending on the latest piece of news. 

It is a bit like the Cash Out function often used with football accumulators but a more manual process. Indeed, some bookmakers may be offering cash out options on next James bond betting

You can read more about how betting exchanges work in our extensive betting exchange guide. 

Next James Bond Betting News Diary Timeline

The betting odds for The Next James Bond are always on the move as one rumour on who could step into the role, proceeds the next. It would seem every week, a new name is put forward, or an actor leaves a role and bets are placed on them becoming the New James Bond.

Here is a round-up of the Next James Bond Betting News from our OLBG News feed

22nd March 2023


Next James Bond Betting Odds: Henry Cavill and Aaron Taylor-Johnson back into JOINT FAVOURITES at 2/1 to be the next Bond!

Mar 22, 09:39am

Betting continues around who will be the next James Bond with Henry Cavill and Aaron Taylor-Johnson both the 2/1 joint favourites with UK Betting Sites. Both actors have switched around at the top of the market throughout the past few months with both being the outright favourite at some point. Now though William Hill can't separate the pair at the head of the betting market with both now given a 33% chance of being next Bond.

1st March 2023


Next James Bond Betting Odds: Happy Valley star James Norton now into 5/2 to be the next Bond with announcement expected at some point this year!

Mar 01, 09:48am

The next James Bond betting market continues to have more new entries and market movers and bookies have shortened odds even further this week. James Norton has been the biggest market mover in the past few weeks in the market with his odds tumbling down from 7/1 to just 5/2 to be the next Bond. Norton has been a popular figure in British television already this year for his role as Tommy Lee Royce in the final series of Happy Valley. According to the latest betting odds from William Hill there's now a 28% chance of Norton taking over from Daniel Craig in the famous role.

January 13th 2023


Next James Bond Betting Odds: Aaron Taylor-Johnson back into 6/4 FAVOURITE to be the next Bond with bookies making it a two horse race against Henry Cavill!

Jan 13, 10:22am

Aaron Taylor-Johnson is back into favourite with bookies after odds to be the next James Bond dropped massively in the past month after reports of a "secret screen test" for the role. Recent reports say that Taylor-Johnson met with Barbara Broccoli and the Bond team with three meetings and a screen test taking place. William Hill have made him favourite again to be the next Bond after Henry Cavill was backed into favourite more recently in the past month.

December 21st 2022


Next James Bond Betting Odds: Henry Cavill now into 7/4 FAVOURITE to be the next Bond after leaving Witcher and Superman roles!

Dec 21, 12:26pm

Henry Cavill is the new favourite with bookies to be the next James Bond after leaving both The Witcher and Superman in the past month. The British actor has been linked with the James Bond role in the past and the stars may well have aligned for him to slot into the 007 role. William Hill now make Cavill the 7/4 outright favourite for the role with a 36% chance of taking over according to the latest odds. 

December 1st, 2022 


Next James Bond Betting Odds: Aaron Taylor-Johnson now BACKED IN from 50/1 four days ago to 6/4 FAVOURITE to be the next Bond after "secret screen test" takes place!

Dec 01, 10:30am

Aaron Taylor-johnson's odds to be the next James Bond have dropped massively in the past week with rumours around a "secret screen test" for the role. Taylor-Johnson was 50/1 with bookies to take over from Daniel Craig next just 4 days ago but he's now the outright favourite at 6/4. William Hill give him a 40% chance of being the next Bond with his odds making him the clear favourite ahead of the other actors in the market.

December 20, 2022


Movie Streaming Betting Specials 2023: Bookies make it just 7/2 that the James Bond Franchise moves to STREAMING ONLY with a whole host of betting markets available!

Dec 20, 11:02am

With the movie viewing market changing constantly, bookies are already giving streaming special odds for 2023 including one of the most beloved franchises going streaming only. The latest betting odds say there's a 22% chance that James Bond will be streaming only in the future with the movies having a spell on Amazon Prime Video earlier this year. At odds of 7/2, Betway say there's a decent chance that the franchise goes to streaming only but it may need Box Office figures to keep making the films.

November 24, 2022


Next James Bond Betting Odds: Henry Cavill now as short as 5/4 FAVOURITE with bookmakers to be next Bond after leaving The Witcher earlier this month!

Nov 24, 10:45am

Henry Cavill is the new favourite with bookmakers at 5/4 to be the next James Bond after rumours intensified following the announcement that he would be leaving The Witcher. Cavill was the star of the Netflix series but his departure has started rumours that a big role may be on the way for him, leaving him to decide what to do next. William Hill has instantly made Cavill the 5/4 favourite to be the next Bond and that could well be why he's left The Witcher to take on the famous spy role.

October 25, 2022 


Next James Bond Betting Odds: Scottish Actor Jack Lowden backed into 7/1 from 28/1 to be the next Bond with ever-changing market moving AGAIN!

Oct 25, 05:03pm

Scottish actor Jack Lowden is a big market mover in the next James Bond market with bookies making him 7/1 from 28/1 to be the famous spy next. Bond producers have recently said they want a '30-something' year old to be the next 007 and Lowden fits the bill perfectly. William Hill has dropped his odds from 28/1 to just 7/1 now in the market but he is still the 7th favourite in the odds.

October 5, 2022 


Next James Bond Betting Odds: Henry Cavill is 2/1 with bookmakers to be the next Bond after producers hint at 'thirty-something' being the best age for the next Bond actor!

Oct 05, 09:59am

Henry Cavill remains the bookmakers favourite to be the next James Bond at 2/1 after producers hint at the next actor being 'thirty-something'.  Cavill, 39, just about fits that category and he may well replace Daniel Craig, who left the role after the last Bond film, "No Time To Die". William Hill keeps Cavill as the outright favourite at 2/1, Luke Evans and former favourite Regé-Jean Page just behind in the market.

September 16, 2022


Next James Bond Betting Odds: Superman STAR Henry Cavill now as short as 6/4 with bookies to be the next Bond!

Sep 16, 09:39am

Superman actor Henry Cavill is the latest big market mover to be the Next James Bond, with his odds now at 6/4 to play the famous spy. Cavill is the favourite according to bookies, just in front of Regé-Jean Page and Idris Elba in the betting odds. William Hill made Cavill the outright favourite at 6/4, with Tom Hardy and James Norton also featuring towards the top of the betting market.

August 17, 2022


Next James Bond Betting Odds: Spider-Man star Tom Holland now JUST 3/1 to be the next Bond!

Aug 17, 01:42pm

Spider-Man actor Tom Holland is the latest market mover to be the Next James Bond, with odds now at 3/1 to take over the famous role. Holland is the second favourite according to bookmakers, just behind Regé-Jean Page in the betting odds. Paddy Power made Page the 13/8 favourite giving him a 38.1% chance of taking over from Daniel Craig.

July 13, 2022


Next James Bond Betting Odds: Idris Elba now into 3/1 FAVOURITE to take over the famous role!

Jul 13, 10:02am

Idris Elba is the new favourite in the betting for the next James Bond after Daniel Craig after reports have linked him to the role yet again. Elba was as big as 10/1 just three weeks ago but he has since been backed into favourite. At odds of 3/1, long time bookies favourite Regé-Jean Page slides just behind him in the betting odds now.

June 15, 2022


Next James Bond Betting Odds: Doctor Strange star Chiwetel Ejiofor comes from 20/1 down to 4/1 to be the next Bond!

Jun 15, 11:49am

Doctor Strange star Chiwetel Ejiofor is the latest big market mover in the Next James Bond market. At odds of 20/1 just last week, Ejiofor now sees himself at 4/1 in the betting market to be the next Bond. Those odds make Ejiofor the third favourite to take over as James Bond now, with Regé-Jean Page and Henry Cavill above him.

March 25, 2022


Next James Bond Betting Odds Assassinated from 20/1 to 5/1 for Poldark to Replace Daniel Craig as 007

Mar 25, 09:34am

There has been a massive move in the betting markets on which actor could replace Daniel Craig in the role of James Bond in the movie franchise. Step forward none other than Irish Actor Aidan Turner, best known for his role as Poldark in the TV series. While Aidan has not figured in the rumours in the Next James Bond betting, hovering around the odds of 20/1, there has suddenly been a tidal wave of support and his odds have crashed into 5/1

February 10, 2022


Next James Bond Betting Odds: Bridgerton Star Regé-Jean Page is into 11/4 FAVOURITE to take over as Bond!

Feb 10, 11:49am

Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page is 11/4 to be the next James Bond, with bookmakers making him the favourite to take over from Daniel Craig.  Page has been an ever-present in the market since his big breakout role in Bridgerton, where his role as Simon Basset saw him nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award

November 5, 2021


Tom Hopper Suddenly Appears as Favourite in the Next James Bond Betting

Nov 05, 07:24am

Tom Hopper of Game of Thrones and Umbrella Academy has been installed as 4/1 favourite to be the next James Bond

October 27, 2021


Next James Bond Betting Odds: Richard Madden is the New 5/2 Favourite

Oct 27, 08:30am

There has been a shift in the odds at the top of the market for betting on the Next James Bond as No Time to Die has shown Daniel Craig's final Bond performance. Tom Hardy has long been the favourite on betting sites to step into Danial Craig's vacant Bond shoes, but in recent days, Richard Madden has been elevated to the top of the betting market thanks to bets being placed with bookmakers. Madden would signal a return to a Scottish Bond.

September 27, 2021


Barbara Broccoli Hints at Male Next James Bond - Betting Sites Agree with 99% Chance

Sep 27, 03:14pm

Barbara Broccoli, the producer of the Bond films has stated to BBC radio 4 that “James Bond is a male character. I hope that there will be many, many films made with women, for women, by women, about women.”, pouring water on the ever-growing fire of support for a female in the lead role."

September 27, 2021


50% of Women think 6/1 Bookmakers Chance Lashana Lynch is Unacceptable as the Next James Bond

Sep 27, 01:29pm

Lashana Lynch remains a 6/1 chance with bookmakers in the Betting on the Next James Bond Actor, there is still a 53% faction of polled Bond fans who think a Female Bond is an unacceptable choice according to a recent YouGov poll.

September 27, 2022


Tom Hiddleston is now 9/2 With Bookmakers as Next James Bond - Favoured by Youngsters

Sep 27, 11:58am

Tom Hiddlestone has quietly climbed up the betting with some bookmakers, and from a previous unconsidered 14/1 the Actor who is most famous for his portrayal of 'Loki' in Thor is now as short as 6/1

September 10, 2021


Bookmakers Beginning to favour Rege-Jean Page as James Bond - 2/1 favourite on Some Betting Sites

Sep 10, 11:14am

It has been noted that Rege-Jene Page has quietly slipped back into the favourite's position with bookmakers to be announced as the next James Bond now that Daniel Craig has left the role.

2021 Next James Bond News

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 into clear 2/1 favourite as we come to the end of June 2021. The market move came  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 at 9/4. 

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.

2020 Next James Bond News

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:  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: Some bookmakers (Unibet) now make Tom Hardy odds on at 4/5 to be the next James Bond, although Ladbrokes are still odds against it.

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

23/10/2020: 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: Paddy Power and Betfair reopened the Next James Bond Odds, with no announcement made. 

05/10/2020: 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: 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:  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. 

12 Actors That Could be the Next James Bond

You can view the following James Bond contender in the betting odds above, in this section we look in more detail at some of the top actors mooted for the role. 

# Actor Age Height Nationality
1 Tom Hopper 37 1.96m English
2 Tom Hardy 45 1.75m English
3 Richard Madden 36 1.77m Scottish
4 Rege Jean Page 34 1.78m English
5 Lashana Lynch 35 1.75m English
6 James Norton 37 1.85m English
7 Sam Heughan 42 1.91m Scottish
8 Henry Cavil 39 1.85m British
9 Jamie Bell 36 1.70m English
10 Idris Elba 50 1.89m English
11 Tom Hiddlestone 41 1.87m English
12 Clive Standen 41 1.91m Northern Irish
13 Michael Fassbender 45 1.8 m German/Irish
14 Aaron Taylor -Johnson 32 1.8m English

Let's take a closer look at each of the contenders for the Next James Bond in more detail

1. Tom Hopper

Shot into the betting market in late October 2021 was Tom Hooper, he most recently featured alongside another James Bond possible Sam Heughan in SAS: Red Notice. 

The 37-year-old from Coalville in Leicestershire is the most unfamiliar name at the head of the betting, but Daniel Craig was hardly a household name when he was cast in 2005. 

Tom Hopper

Tom Hopper has come from relative obscurity to be bookmaker favourite for the James Bond role. 

 Tom Hopper
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2. Tom Hardy

The London-born actor is arguably the biggest name touted as the next James Bond. 

The 45-year-old has been a regular on TV and Cinema screens starring in a host of blockbusters including the Revenant and The Dark Knight Rises. 

Tom Hardy

Tom Hardy would bring a dangerous edge if cast as the next James Bond. 

3. Richard Madden

Like many, the fantasy drama Game of Thrones was the tipping point for Scottish actor Madden, since playing Robb Stark his career has gone from strength to strength.

Most recently we have seen him in the Marvel Comics blockbuster Eternals.  

Richard Madden

Richard Madden after the positive reviews came in for Eternals was heavily backed in the next James Bond betting odds.

4. Rege Jean Page

Came to most people's attention after playing the Duke Of Hastings in the Netflix period drama Bridgerton. 

Like a previous James Bond Roger Moore, he has taken on the role of The Saint which is likely to be on our screens in 2022. 

The timing of that casting for Rege could make the shooting of the next Bond film complicated were he to be offered the Bond gig. 

Rege Jean Page

Rege Jean-Page has had a meteoric rise that could culminate in securing the James Bond role. 

 Rege Jean Page
Photo: Kathy Hutchins /

5. Lashana Lynch

The first female candidate in the next James Bond betting is the current 007, Nomi from No Time To Die. 

Her being cast in the last Daniel Craig outing  alerted punters that she could seamlessly be the new "James Bond"

Lashana Lynch

Lashana Lynch is perfectly placed to be the next actor to take on the iconic role. 

 Lashana Lynch
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6. James Norton

The 37-year-old English actor was the original  favourite with the bookies, 

Norton is best known for his work on TV, starring in shows like McMafia, Granchester and Happy Valley. 

James Norton

Norton played the infamous Stephen Ward in The Trial Of Christine Keeler for the BBC

7. Sam Heughan

The Scot Sam Heughan has been playing Jamie Frazer in the drama Outlander since 2014.

The multi-talented actor has also written and produced his own award-winning brand of Whisky. 

Sam Heughan

Highland warrior Heughan is another Scotsman supported in the next James Bond market

8. Henry Cavill

Played Superman in a string of Superhero films in the last decade, since then he has appeared in the Man From Uncle and Mission Impossible.

The 39-year-old has publicly expressed an interest in playing James Bond, and it was reported that he auditioned for Bond at the same time as Daniel Craig. 

The Jersey-born actor has already auditioned for James Bond

9. Jamie Bell

Rose to prominence when just 13 playing Billy Elliott. 

Since that early breakthrough, Bell has appeared in over 25 movies with the best known probably The Adventures Of Tin Tin. 

Jamie Bell

Most recently Jamie Bell starred alongside Taron Egerton in Rocketman

10. Idris Elba

The London-born actor has the presence to play the next James Bond 

We know he likes speed and fast cars after his No Limits series for the Discovery channel. 

In Summer 2022 Elba can be seen in the survival thriller Beast. 

Idris Elba

Idris Elba would be a popular choice to be the next James Bond

11. 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. 

Tom Hiddleston

After making mischief as Loki could Hiddlestone do the same as Bond.

12. Clive Standen

Born in Northern Ireland but another James Bond contender who grew up in Leicestershire (Tom Hopper as well) the 41-year-old has acted in a host of BBC productions including Doctor Who, Camelot and Vikings.

He was most recently seen in the Liam Neeson role in Taken for NBC Television. 

Clive Standen

Image: Eugene Powers /

13. Michael Fassbender

He said he thinks the James Bond role should go to someone younger but the bookies who have him in their betting market obviously think he would be ideal as the suave spy. 

He has twice been nominated for Academy Awards for his roles in 12 Years a Slave and Steve Jobs, both times missing out on the statue. 

14. Aaron Taylor Johnson

The High Wycombe born actor has featured in a host of well-received movies including the Nowhere Boy where he played John Lennon and  Nocturnal Animals written and directed by fashion designer Tom Ford. 

His latest project is the title role in the Marvel superhero movie Kraven the Hunter. 

Image: shutterstock

Things to Consider when Betting on the Next James Bond

There are many things to consider when making any bet on any event. This section will guide you to thing that may be pertinent to take into consideration when making your selection.

The Ideal Profile

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 difference 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.

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.

Previous Bond Nationalities and Place of Birth

Former James Bond Place Of Birth
Daniel Craig Chester
Pierce Brosnan County Louth, Ireland
Timothy Dalton Colwyn Bay, Wales
Roger Moore London
George Lazenby New South Wales, Australia
David Niven London
Sean Connery Edinburgh, Scotland

Of course, the place of birth is not going to be enough to land the role, but we have had both English and Scottish actors playing Bond in the past. I don't think we need to look outside the British Isles, but who knows.

Can we find any James Bond betting clues from the leading contenders and former 007's place of birth? Here are the current contender's place of birth information

James Bond Contender Place Of Birth
Richard Madden Glasgow, Scotland
Tom Hardy London
Tom Hopper Coalville, Leicestershire
Rege Jean Page London
James Norton London
Idris Elba London
Tom Hiddleston London
Henry Cavill Jersey, Channel Islands
Lashana Lynch London
Jamie Bell County Durham
Luke Evans Pontypool, Wales
Sam Heughan Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

What Have Public Polls on the Next James Bond had to Say?

As you can imagine interest is growing in the next James Bond with the release of the 25th 007 movie No Time To Die. 

The public opinion organisation YouGov asked a series of questions to the British Public on James Bond, you can see whether you agree or disagree below. 

Would it be acceptable for the character to be female?

31% of respondents thought it would be acceptable for the character to be female, 53% thought it would be unacceptable. 

This poll result is in line with our own poll. 

Who do Brits want as the Next James Bond? 

It was a battle of the Tom's when asked who should be the next Bond - Hardy (27%) was the most popular, but Hiddlestone (16%) polled well and was the only other potential 007 in double figures.

James Bond Contenders YouGov Respondents
Tom Hardy 28%
Tom Hiddlestone 16%
Richard Madden 9%
Michael Fassbender 9%
James Norton 7%
Luke Evans 6%
Sam Heughan 3%
Lashan Lynch 2%
Jack Lowden 1%

Is the character sexist or has he changed his womanizing ways?

37% thought that the character has always been a sexist one.

22% thought the character was once sexist but has changed his ways

11% thought the character has never been sexist at all.  

Previous James Bond Actors and Profiles

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

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

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