After bidding farewell to Daniel Craig’s 007 last year in No Time To Die, the question of who will be the next James Bond is on everyone’s lips.
Tom Hardy has consistently dominated the conversation, with the Venom star often named as the bookies' favourite to play the next 007.
However, it seems the 44-year-old has now been replaced by a fresher-faced candidate.
According to Ladbrokes, Regé-Jean Page is currently the favourite to play the next James Bond, with odds coming in at 9/4.
Page rose to fame in 2020 after his leading role in Bridgerton, so it's no surprise he has now been tipped to take on the coveted spy role.
The 33-year-old previously confessed he was ‘flattered’ to be considered, but that he’s not taking the rumours seriously.
Speaking on The Tonight Show, he said: "I think there might be an element of cultural translation to be done here.
“If you're a Brit, and you do something of any kind of renown that people regard well, then people start saying the 'B' word. It's like a merit badge. You get the 'B' word merit badge.
“I'm very, very glad to have the badge. I'm glad to be in such wonderful company of people who have the badge. But it's a badge."
As per Express, Ladbrokes' Alex Apati said: "Plenty have led the way in the Bond betting over the years, but it's Regé-Jean Page who has dominated the market for some time now, and punters seem to think he'll be the name 007 chiefs turn to after Daniel Craig."
So where does that leave Hardy?
Well, he appears to be slipping out of favour with the bookies, now sitting in fourth place with odds of 8/1.
Hardy previously declined to comment on the speculation, saying: "If I mention it, it’s gone.
“You know, there’s a saying amongst us in the fraternity of acting, and in the fellowship of my peer group, that if you talk about it, you’re automatically out of the race.
“So, I can’t possibly comment on that one."
Sitting just below Page is Henry Cavill, who is currently second-favourite to play Bond with odds of 4/1.
And you might be surprised to hear Aidan Turner is currently in the running, remaining at third place.
The Poldark star currently has 7/1 odds, which certainly makes him a dark horse in the race.
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Topics: James Bond, TV and Film, Tom Hardy