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Idris Elba new 7/4 favourite to be next James Bond after punters back black star for role

Idris Elba (credit:Credit by bettingpro)

Bookmaker William Hill has been forced to slash the odds on Idris Elba being the next James Bond after a sustained gamble on him replacing Daniel Craig.


Craig is set to portray the super-spy one more time despite previously claiming he would rather ‘slit his wrists’ than film another Bond movie, but that has not slowed the speculation about who will acquire the ‘licence to kill’ when the 50-year-old does leave the role.

Tom Hardy and James Norton have been heading up the betting at 7/2 and 5/1 respectively in recent weeks, but they have now been replaced at the head of the William Hill betting by Elba, whose odds have been cut from 6/1 to 7/4 following a flurry of support on Thursday night. 

“The gamble on Thursday evening took us slightly unawares,” William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams told Bettingpro.com. “As a result there are a load of Bond fans sitting on what could be a great bet.”

That major gamble undoubtedly came in response to Thursday’s reports that Bond producer Barbara Broccoli had told director friend Antoine Fuqua that “it is time” for a black actor to play 007.

“Barbara probably wanted it [a black James Bond] for years but it just didn’t happen,” said Fuqua. “I’m surprised it hasn’t happened yet but we now have Black Panther so it takes a while sometimes to make change happen. I think it will happen eventually.

“Idris could do it if he was really tight and in shape. He doesn’t look 45. No one would even know. You need a guy with some weight, like a physically strong presence, like some power. Sean Connery was just powerful. Even when he was being charming and witty and funny he had a power about him. Idris has that.”

While Elba’s odds have shortened to make him the new favourite, several other actors have seen their odds lengthen over the past 24 hours, with Jack Huston (6/1), Tom Hiddleston (8/1), Aiden Turner (10/1) and Michael Fassbender (14/1) all looking less likely to be the next James Bond.

Latest William Hill Odds


Next James Bond (After Daniel Craig): 7/4 Idris Elba, 7/2 Tom Hardy, 5/1 James Norton, 6/1 Jack Huston, 8/1 Tom Hiddleston, 10/1 Aiden Turner, 12/1 Travis Fimmel, 14/1 Michael Fassbender, 16/1 Ricky Whittle, 20/1 Henry Cavill


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