In a few months Spectre, Daniel Craig’s fourth outing as James Bond, will hit theaters, and though it’s believed that Craig has one more 007 film in his contract, speculation that he’ll hang up the Walther PPK and go out on top has already begun. By the end of 2015, the position of World’s Greatest Spy could be vacant once again, and you know what that means: It’s time to start betting on who’ll take the role next.
As always when it comes to a choice role like this, there are several big names in the running, but U.K. bookmakers William Hill seem to have zeroed in on one: Homeland and Wolf Hall star Damian Lewis. The bookies recently slashed Lewis’ odds of playing the role to 6/4, significantly better than the rest of the field. At the moment, odds for Idris Elba (the internet’s preferred choice) are at 5/2, Tom Hardy’s are at 4/1, Henry Cavill’s are at 5/1, Michael Fassbender’s are at 7/1, and Sterling Archer’s are at 10/1 (okay, I made that one up, but a guy can dream).
If the oddsmakers are right, and Lewis gets the role, he’ll be the seventh actor to play James Bond in the canonical series of films that began with Dr. No in 1963. He’ll also be the first ginger 007.