From Tom Hardy to Tom Hiddleston, via Regé-Jean Page, Michael Fassbender or Lashana Lynch, discover the fifteen favorites to succeed Daniel Craig in James Bond according to English punters.
The Covid-19 pandemic and the closure of the rooms that it will have caused will have delayed the deadline. But this time, that’s it: Daniel Craig is officially no longer the interpreter of James Bond. The English actor said his farewell to the role he carried for fifteen years and five films thanks to Die Can Wait.
Once the emotion of the end of the cycle has passed, a question comes up on everyone’s lips: who will be next? Which actor or which actress will have the heavy task of going after a Daniel Craig initially criticized before gaining the unanimity (or almost) when the public and the critics saw him in action?
If the search for his successor should not not start before 2022, English bookmakers weren’t so patient. And they did not wait for the release of Cary Joji Fukunaga’s film since the bets have been going well for a few years.
So here are the favorites according to odds established in Great Britain, knowing that the lower the numbers, the better placed the person. And that these can be brought to change from one day to the next. Choose your favorite to be the 007th James Bond!
# 015 – Tom Hiddleston
Rating: 22/1 – From the God of Malice to the King of Spies? When the spy miniseries The Night Manager, adapted from John Le Carré, aired, many thought that Tom Hiddleston would make a good James Bond. And this was quickly felt on the side of the bookmakers. If he is a little less in sight today, the actor is still one of the favorites, but the role of Loki, much loved by the general public and which sticks to his skin, can work against him.
# 014 – Jack O’Connell
Rating: 20/1 – If the idea is to be in the same vein as the films worn by Daniel Craig, with a younger performer, Jack O’Connell is the ideal candidate. In addition to English nationality, he shares with his possible predecessor physical and dramatic qualities, as well as an intensity ideal for the role. In addition to wearing the tuxedo well. Funny anecdote: the actor has for several years been attached to Joe Cornish’s Section 6 project, on the creation of MI6. A sign of fate?
# 012 tied – Jamie Bell
Rating: 16/1 – It was during his tenure in 007 that Daniel Craig played in Spielberg’s Tintin, and Jamie Bell (who had given him the answer in La Tranchée and Les Insurgés) could do the opposite. If it is chosen by the producers, obviously. But the English actor is old enough to be able to chain episodes before he is too old (35), his talent is undeniable, and films like Jumper, 6 Days, Donnybrook or Without any remorse have shown that the physical roles did not scare him.
While his name is often mentioned for a few years, his rating has risen and his place in the ranking too, since the release of Mourir can wait. And, even if he will remain Billy Elliot for a good number of spectators, he has the advantage of not being too well known to the general public.
# 012 tied – Sam Heughan
Rating: 16/1 – Once Outlander is over, will Sam Heughan return to the present? And to the world of espionage that he has already rubbed shoulders with in the action comedy The Spy Who Dumped Me, whose title (original and French) was a reference to The Spy Who Loved Me, the one of the opus of the Roger Moore era. And what better way to celebrate the saga’s 60th anniversary than to choose a Scotsman like Sean Connery to play James Bond?
# 012 tied – Richard Madden
Rating: 16/1 – Failing to have inherited the Iron Throne, Richard Madden to seize the role of James Bond. And his candidacy is all the more credible since we saw him as a bodyguard in Bodyguard, where his character at times recalled Daniel Craig’s 007.
# 009 – Michael Fassbender
Rating: 14/1 – In X-Men – The Beginning, Matthew Vaughn admitted to being inspired by James Bond of the 60s for the scenes in which Magneto tracks those responsible for the death of his family in South America. It did not take more for its interpreter, Michael Fassbender, to become a credible candidate to embody 007 in the eyes of punters. That was ten years ago, and his rating hasn’t gone down much. It remains to be seen whether his choice would not be too obvious.
# 008 tied – Lashana Lynch
Rating: 12/1 – So maybe … After having seized the number 007 in the absence of James Bond, retired when Dying can wait …