No Time To Die marked the final time James Bonds fans would see Daniel Craig as the iconic hero. The final moments of the movie killed off 007 in an unexpected last-minute twist. And, going forward, a new actor will take over from Craig.
Hardy has been at the top of the odds for a long time following rumours that he had already been cast as the iconic spy. But recent weeks have not been kind to the Venom star. Hardy’s odds have recently dropped to 5/1 from Ladbrokes. Although this is still a strong position, it places him third in the running for the first time.
Ahead of him is a newcomer to the top spot of the Bond odds: Henry Cavill.
Cavill’s popularity has spiked harshly in the past few months following his appearance on the Netflix show The Witcher. The former Superman star is currently at 5/2 odds on claiming the role after Craig steps down. And his odds have only improved in recent days.
The star’s tables have turned from relative outsider to very likely frontrunner. Ladbrokes agent Alex Apati has confirmed the star has only become even more sought-after in recent days.
Cavill got into the final line-up to become 007 just before Craig was officially cast as the hero. But, in a recent interview, Cavill recalled how he was told his weight was an issue at the time. He revealed: “I remember the [Casino Royale] director, Martin Campbell, saying: ‘Looking a little chubby there, Henry.'”
Explaining the comment further, Cavill noted: “I didn’t know how to train or diet. And I’m glad Martin said something, because I respond well to truth. It helps me get better.”
Cavill then referenced the characters that followed, adding: “I’m representing important characters here. I don’t want to be a dumpy Geralt or a fat Superman.”
Despite the star’s desire to claim the role, he isn’t alone at the top. Cavill is joint-favourite alongside Bridgerton hunk Regé-Jean Page, who also has 5/2 from Ladbrokes. But does this relative newcomer have what it takes to win the character over Cavill when it all comes down to it?
James Bond No Time To Die is out on digital, DVD and Blu-Ray now.