Arts : Books / Films By Joe Crilly

Tom Hardy Heads Charge To Take Over From Craig As Bond

With Daniel Craig reportedly having signed up for “several seasons” on a US show, there is a strong suggestion that he has hung up his tux for the last time and thrown his Licence To Kill in the bin. With that in mind, William Hill make Tom Hardy the 5/2 favourite to take over the role, with Damian Lewis 3/1. Poldark’s Aiden Turner and Skins’ Jack O’Connell both 4/1.

“There will be a number of very frantic phone calls from actors’ agents this morning with one of the hottest roles in cinema history potentially up for grabs,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.

Next James Bond: 5/2 Tom Hardy; 3/1 Damian Lewis; 4/1 Aiden Turner; 4/1 Jack O’Connell; 9/2 Idris Elba; 11/2 Henry Cavill; 12/1 DFavid Oyelowo; 12/1 Sam Riley; 14/1 Michael Fasssbender; 16/1 Richard Armitage; 20/1 BAR