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Bookies suspend next James Bond betting after big Tom Hiddleston gamble

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Bookmaker Coral has suspended betting on the next James Bond, following a sustained gamble on Tom Hiddleston over the weekend.

The 35-year-old actor stormed into the betting as the 2-1 favourite to replace Daniel Craig, but during a recent appearance on The Graham Norton Show he insisted “the position isn’t vacant as far as I’m aware” before adding “no-one has talked to me.

However, the star of “The Night Manager” was reportedly spotted meeting with Bond director Sam Mendes, and that led to a large gamble that saw his odds crash all the way down to 1-2 before Coral took the decision to suspend the market.

Idris Elba and Damian Lewis were all front-runners for the job in previous months, but now the odds suggest they have missed the cut.

Before the betting was suspended, Elba was priced at 9-1, with Lewis at 14-1. If the gamble is wrong, Coral believe Aidan Turner (3-1) or Tom Hardy (4-1) will get the 007 job.

“There is no smoke without fire, and following the big gamble on Tom Hiddleston in the last 24 hours, we’ve had no choice but to pull the plug on the market,” Coral’s Nicola McGeady told Bettingpro.com.
“Earlier in the year there was a gamble on Idris Elba and Damian Lewis, but nothing has come close to the recent gamble on Hiddleston.”

Next James Bond (Before betting was suspended)

1-2 Tom Hiddleston, 3-1 Aidan Turner, 4-1 Tom Hardy, 9-1 Idris Elba, 14-1 Damian Lewis, 14-1 Michael fassbender, 20-1 Henry Cavill, 50-1 bar


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