Tom Hardy ‘rumoured to replace Daniel Craig as next James Bond’… as bookies slash odds in half after flurry of bets
- The actor was reportedly cast after a successful audition in June
- Hardy, 43, has been one of a handful of actors tipped to play Bond for years
- Daniel Craig, 53, will give up the 007 role after his fifth and final film
- No Time To Die will be released in November
- It has been claimed the new Bond will be revealed at the end of the year or in 2021
- If Tom was to get the role, he would become the 10th James Bond
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Tom Hardy could be set to replace Daniel Craig as the next James Bond, according to new reports.
The actor, 43, has been one of the bookies favourites to become the next 007 in recent years, and rumours have been circulating he will step into Craig’s shoes after his fifth and final film, No Time To Die.
The Vulcan Reporter reports they heard in June that Hardy had been offered the iconic part after a successful audition, while bookies odds on the star have now been slashed in half.
The name’s Bond: Tom Hardy could be set to replace Daniel Craig as the next James Bond, according to new reports (pictured 2015)
The publication reports producers had planned to unveil Tom as the 10th James Bond in November- the same month No Time To Die was due to be released.
However, due to the coronavirus pandemic the Vulcan Reporter state the announcement will now be made later this year or early 2021.
Meanwhile, the bookies have slashed odds on The Peaky Blinders star from 8/1 to just 4/5 in the past 24 hours after a flurry of bets.
Agent: The actor, 43, has been one of the bookies favourites to become the next 007 in recent years, and rumours have been circulating he will step into Daniel’s shoes (pictured)
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: ‘A flurry of bets over the past 24 hours suggests the cat is out the bag and it’s Tom Hardy that’ll soon be replacing Daniel Craig as 007.’
MailOnline has contacted Tom’s representatives and EON Productions for comment.
The Taboo star has made no secret about wanting to be the next 007 – but has previously refused to talk about the part in fear it will get him blacklisted.
Speaking to the Daily Beast, the heart-throb admitted: ‘If I mention it, it’s gone.
‘You know, there’s a saying amongst us in the fraternity of acting, and in the fellowship of my peer group, that if you talk about it you’re automatically out of the race.
The next Bond? The Vulcan Reporter reports they heard in June that Hardy had been offered the iconic part after a successful audition (pictured in 2018)
‘So I can’t possibly comment on that one!’
Tom was happy to throw his support behind Inception director Christopher Nolan, however, who has revealed he would be keen take over the franchise.
‘Oh, wow, Chris would be amazing!’ Tom gushed. ‘Wow, that would be cool. That would be so cool.’
The hunt for a new Bond began in 2016 when Daniel, 50, admitted he was ‘over it’ after being cast in the role since Casino Royale in 2006.
‘… I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists,’ he told TimeOut when asked whether he would do another Bond film.
‘No, not at the moment. Not at all. That’s fine. I’m over it at the moment. We’re done. All I want to do is move on.’
Since the speculation began the likes of James Norton, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba and even retired footballer David Beckham have been mentioned as possible replacements.
Exciting: Daniel looks suave as James Bond a in an action-packed new poster for No Time To Die, which was released on Wednesday
The 25th film in the franchise finds Bond after he has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica when his old friend Felix Leiter, played by Jeffrey Wright, from the CIA turns up asking for help.
Leaving his seemingly happy live with Madeleine (Lea Seydoux), Bond returns to the field to face Safin who is armed with a new dangerous technology that could impact the world.
In June it was confirmed that the release date for the anticipated film had been moved forward by two weeks and will open in the UK on November 12 and the US on November 20.
The film, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, was originally scheduled for release in April, but was pushed back to November 25 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and was then brought forward to November 8 before the most recent change.
Saying goodbye: The hunt for a new Bond began in 2016 when Daniel, 50, admitted he was ‘over it’ after being cast in the role since Casino Royale in 2006