The people have spoken—they all want Tom Hiddleston to be the next James Bond. On May 14, bookmakers Coral saw a massive amount of bets on The Night Manager star as the most likely and most suitable to become Daniel Craig’s successor as 007.
A huge amount support went to Tom Hiddleston, leaving him with 2-1 odds in favour of him bagging the role. According to the Daily Mail, punters are believed to have increased their bets after Hiddleston’s rumoured meeting with James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli and Skyfall and Spectre director Sam Mendes last week.
Due to the overwhelming number of bets, Coral had to suspend the betting entirely.
“There is no smoke without fire, and following the big gamble on Tom Hiddleston in the last 24 hours, we’ve had no choice but to pull the plug on the market,” Coral spokeswoman Nicola McGeady told BBC. McGeady adds that bets were also made on known contenders Idris Elba and Damian Lewis but the figures didn’t come close to that of Hiddleston’s.
Elba had 9-1 odds while Lewis had 14-1 odds before betting was cut off. Poldark actor Aidan Turner was also in the running with 3-1 odds, as well as Mad Max: Fury Road lead star Tom Hardy at 4-1.
James Bond execs have remained quiet about the upcoming movie and whether Daniel Craig will still return to fulfill the iconic 007 role.
Tom Hiddleston, whose performance as a suave spy in The Night Manager garnered himself nods from James Bond fans, has since watered down the rumours. During an appearance on The Graham Norton Show, the star candidly said the role “isn’t vacant as far as he is aware” and that he hasn’t been approached for the role.
There were also rumours that Daniel Craig declined to appear in another James Bond movie since he will be busy filming a new American television series called Purity.