After No Time To Die hit cinemas, Bond bosses have been looking very hard for the next James Bond star. The movie marked the last time that we would see Daniel Craig as 007, as he played the spy for 15 years over five films.
The official announcement of the next Bond actors will likely come in the next year, but until then the Bond odds are fans’ best bet to learn what’s going on with 007’s casting.
As it stands, Idris Elba has been the favourite in the running. Elba is best known for playing Heimdall in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Thor series. Via the odds site, Ladbrokes, they have given him a staggering 4/1 on becoming Bond in the next movie.
However, Henry Cavill has now leapfrogged Elba in an unexpected Bond odds move. The British actor, who is best known for playing Superman in the DC Comics movies, has now been given incredible odds from Ladbrokes. His numbers have been reduced to 2/1 placing him high at the top of the leaderboard.
Ladbrokes’ Alex Apati said: “In a shock twist over the last few days, we’ve seen Henry Cavill leapfrog Idris Elba in the 007 betting, with the Superman star now the clear frontrunner to replace Daniel Craig.”
Cavill’s new lead isn’t surprising considering he has already auditioned for the role of Bond in the past.
In 2006, when he first auditioned, the director of the movie, Martin Campbell, told Cavill he was looking “a little chubby” at the audition. Now, almost two decades later, he has another shot of becoming the hero.
Cavill told Graham Norton: “I would definitely have a conversation [about becoming Bond]. From what I understand, there are very early conversations happening at the top, but there is no list as such.”
He added: “If [Bond bosses] Barbara [Broccoli] and Mike [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.”
He isn’t alone at the top, however. Just behind him is Elba, and after him is another major Netflix star.
Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page is currently in third place with a staggering 9/2 on becoming Bond. We will have to see who wins this star studded contest.