Who will play James Bond after Daniel Craig steps down? That’s the question that’s remained on everyone’s lips ever since it became clear Craig was going to hang up his gun. We thought it might be Damian Lewis, then we were sure Tom Hardy had the role, but now, with James Bond 25 on the horizon, Bodyguard’s Richard Madden has risen to become one of the favourites.
Who will play James Bond after Daniel Craig steps down? Tom Hiddleston? Idris Elba? Tom Hardy?
Or, maybe, just maybe, Bodyguard star Richard Madden?
The BBC drama series has proven so popular with UK audiences that Betway was tipping its star to be the next James Bond at 14/1 earlier this year. Now those odds have been slashed on the Scottish actor getting his hands on one of 007’s famous gadgets and grappling with those dastardly henchmen.
He joins an illustrious list of James Bond hopefuls which includes the likes of Henry Cavill, James Norton and Damian Lewis who still might have the opportunity to quote one of those great Bond quips.
“The leading four contenders of Hiddleston, Elba, Hardy and Norton have all had strong support at various stages in the last 12-months,” said OddsMonkey spokesman Peter Watton.
“It is expected that 2019 will seen the next Bond confirmed, so it could be that Madden is making the running at the right stage.
“He has refused to rule himself out of the running, and his role in the BBC’s brilliant Bodyguard has really got people talking about his chances of becoming one of the most iconic characters in film.”
Punters have now latched onto lengthy odds and Scottish actor Madden, who has also appeared in Game of Thrones, is now just 6/4 to play Bond.
James Bond 25 will arrive in 2020 with Daniel Craig in the role for the final time.