Next Bond: ‘Honoured’ Henry Cavill overwhelming favourite to beat the 007 odds

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It’s the biggest role in cinema history. And the latest box office figures out of Hollywood have just confirmed that the British secret agent remains the dominant force on the big screen. Daniel Craig’s final outing has smashed its way to $734million. That is already the third biggest Bond box office in history, even more extraordinary considering the continuing impact the global pandemic is having on cinema audiences. By contrast, Marvel’s latest Eternals is stalling at $336million, with Dune on $367million and Fast & Furious’ F9 finishing earlier this year on $721million. So, who will take up the mighty mantle of this global franchise next?

The race to replace Craig has been raging since 2016’s SPECTRE, when the actor preemptively said he would not return to the role. Five years later, he has finally stepped down and some of the original frontrunners remain in contention, like Idris Elba or Tom Hardy.

However, Superman and Witcher star Henry Cavill has always been quietly there, just behind the leaders. But do the experts and bookies have it right?

He is currently promoting Apple TV+’s movie Argylle and teased this week: “Nothing is off the table. It’s an honour to even be part of that conversation. I think it would be very exciting to have a conversation with the producers.”

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His director Matthew Vaughan said: “I needed someone who was born to play Bond — which Henry is — and then nick him before Bond did.”

In fact, the Brit isn’t just Vaughan’s pick, he is the overwhelming favourite with punters. A recent fascinating analysis showed who has been receiving the most bets over the past month.

US site Oddschecker published a major report on UK bookies and revealed Cavill has received a whopping 15% of all bets cast, far ahead on current bookies’ frontrunner like Rege-Jean Page on 6% and Richard Madden on 7.6%. 

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And yet, Cavill remains further down the odds round-up listings on 14/1 (rated as +1400 in US markets).

By comparison, teh overall favourite remains Tom Hardy on 4/1, Idris Elba on 5/1 and Bridgerton’s Rege-Jean Page on 8/1.

There is a clear difference between which stars have the best odds to be the next James Bond and which ones are receiving the most support from the public.

Ladbrokes shared their latest odds with Page much higher up and locked with Hardy on 4/1, followed by Madden on 5/1, with Umbrella Academy’s Tom Hopper on 6/1 alongside James Norton.

Ladbrokes have Cavill slightly higher than the average on 10/1, neck and neck with Jamie Bell.

Of course, everything can change and Cavill’s profile is about to rocket again when the second season of The Witcher debuts on Netflix on December 17. This Superman still might shed his cape for that iconic tuxedo. 

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