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Next Bond: Henry Cavill falls to Tom Hardy in 007 race to replace Daniel Craig

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Hardy seems to have been everywhere recently. As well as a block-busting return as Venom in Let There Be Carnage (and a cheeky cameo in Spider-Man: No Way Home) he even popped up this week at a MiniGolf (yes, really) cafe in Saltburn. Celebs are randomly mixing with the masses this month with the Beckhams and Madonna spotted at London’s Winter Wonderland while John Legend and Chrissy Teigen spent Christmas in the Cotswolds. All the signs point to Hardy heading for more glamorous locations if he takes over as James Bond.

Ever since Craig threatened not to return after 2015’s SPECTRE, speculation has feverishly focussed on who would step in the spy’s tuxedo next. Now that the actor has officially left the role after an explosive and conclusive exit (there’s no way coming back from that, even if he wanted to), who will be the seventh Bond?

Hardy has been a hot favourite since the start but was recently knocked out of contention by Bridgerton’s Regé Jean Page while Superman and Witcher icon Cavill publicly declared his hopes for 007 glory. But the latest odds reveal that the Venom star still has a sting in his tail as he surges clear out in front of all comers.

The latest odds from British bookies John Hill show there is no doubt Hardy is the clear favourite to be the next Bond. He has latest odds of 5/2, with a clear distance between him and Page on 4/1, followed by Idris Elba and dark horse Tom Hopper from The Umbrella Academy, both on 5/1.

John Hill told Express Online: “Tom Hardy is back as the favourite for the next James Bond and is now the clear market leader… There are a host of other contenders linked with the role, including Henry Cavill, who is now a 7/1 shot having been 10/1 at the end of November.”


Holland has been very open about his dreams to play Bond ever since he landed the Marvel role and his Spidey castmates have confirmed he still talks about it.

Cavill, similarly, has been upfront about his desire to get behind the wheel of that Aston Martin, saying: “If Barbara [Bond producer Barbara Broccoli] and Mike [co-producer Michael G Wilson] were interested in that, I would absolutely jump at the opportunity. At this stage, it’s all up in the air. We’ll see what happens. But yes, I would love to play Bond, it would be very, very exciting.”

Asked again this month while he was promoting the return of The Witcher, he confirmed that the subject was still very much “on the table.”

Hardy is one of the few stars who has remained relatively quiet on his hopes of being Bond. All betting was actually suspended late in 2020 when news spread that he had, apparently, already been offered the part. But the producers have categorically insisted they would not start the search until Craig’s tenure was over.

Has the next Bond just been spotted buying a double espresso from Saltburn MiniGolf cafe owner Andrew Smith? 

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