Naomi Harris says Tom Hardy is too established for James Bond
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Tom Hardy’s always been a favourite at the bookies for the next James Bond after Daniel Craig, even before it was clear that Spectre wasn’t going to be his last 007 movie. But now the incumbent has exited the franchise so explosively at the end of No Time To Die, fans are speculating who will replace him.
Hardy has at times been the odds-on favourite for the next Bond, even though he’s already 45 and producer Barbara Broccoli has said EON Productions wants a man who can commit to the 007 role for 10-12 years. Nevertheless, the Venom star has seen his odds slashed from 6-1 to 4-1 this week, according to bookmakers Coral.
A spokesman said: “Tom Hardy looks to have the perfect CV for James Bond, so it is no surprise he is being backed to become the next 007. Henry Cavill remains the favourite in our betting, with Rege-Jean Page also at the top end of the market.”
Hardy is now joint with Idris Elba, 50, on 4-1. However, Broccoli recently told Variety: “We love Idris. The thing is, it’s going to be a couple of years off. And when we cast Bond, it’s a 10-12-year commitment. So he’s probably thinking, ‘Do I really want that thing?’ Not everybody wants to do that. It was hard enough getting [Daniel Craig to do it].”
Meanwhile, Bridgerton heartthrob Regé-Jean Page is on 7-2 and Superman star Henry Cavill continues to lead the pack on 2-1. The latter was famously runner-up to Craig at the Casino Royale auditions back in 2005.
Cavill was in his early 20s at the time so would have been the youngest 007 ever had he been cast. But at 39 he could be in with a chance this time around if producers don’t mind the fact he’s made other spy movies from Mission: Impossible and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. to the upcoming Argylle.
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As for why Hardy’s had a sudden flurry of bets, it could well be since he’s been in the news this week for something very active that would be very useful in playing Bond.
The 45-year-old quietly entered the 2022 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open Championship under his real name of Edward Hardy and won the contest held in Milton Keynes.
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