It has long been rumored, but talk of Tom Hiddleston as the potential next James Bond seems to be moving a bit beyond mere speculation.
The Telegraph reports that a flurry of bets were placed between Friday and Saturday for the British thesp to replace Daniel Craig as the next 007.
Those bets quickly made him the 2-1 favourite with bookies, and betting by bookmaker Coral had to be suspended after a particularly large bet was placed – sending his odds plummeting to 1-2. The bets came after Hiddleston was reportedly spotted meeting with “Skyfall” director Sam Mendes and producer Barbara Broccoli last week.
“Luther” star Idris Elba and “Homeland” actor Damian Lewis have also been mentioned in previous months. Talking about the suspension, Coral’s Nicola McGeady tells the paper:
“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. Earlier in the year there was a gamble on Idris Elba and Damian Lewis, but nothing has come close to the recent gamble on Hiddleston.”
Funnily enough before betting was suspended, both had slipped down the list with Elba clocking in a 9-1 and Lewis at 14-1. Hiddleston’s current main rivals are Aidan Turner at 3-1 and Tom Hardy at 4-1. Hiddleston’s turn in “The Night Manager” six-episode series and Turner’s work in “And Then There Were None” three-part mini-series have both previously been singled out as effectively ‘auditions’ for the Bond role in the way 2004’s feature “Layer Cake” was for Daniel Craig.