- Daniel Craig had his swan song as James Bond in 2021’s No Time To Die
- The search is underway for who will portray 007 next
- Who do the odds favor landing the iconic role?
After five films and 15 years of portraying the role, Daniel Craig announced in 2019 that No Time To Die would mark his final appearance as James Bond.
Craig first portrayed 007 in 2006’s Casino Royale and went on to reprise the role in Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, Spectre and No Time to Die in the years that followed. He wrapped up his run as Bond on a wonderful note in No Time To Die, ultimately being killed off in spectacular fashion.
Nothing is known about the next Bond film other than Craig has retired from the role and that someone else will take up the mantle. Nothing is official as of now, but many names are being thrown around as potential candidates, and these are the best bets.
Next James Bond Odds
Odds as of Aug 23.
Rege-Jean Page, Tom Holland and Idris Elba Favored to Portray 007 Next
At +200, Rege-Jean Page is the likeliest choice to become the next 007 according to the odds. At only 34-years-old and being of British descent, he makes as much sense as anyone to take on the iconic role. He has the charm and devilishly-handsome good looks to fill the void exceptionally well, not to mention he got the seal approval from the Russo brothers in a recent interview with RadioTimes.com.
The only thing Tom Holland (who’s narrowly closing in on the top spot in the odds) has over Page is youth. Holland is 26-years-old, and assuming he won’t be portraying Peter Parker and Spider-Man for much longer (depending on what his future holds in the MCU and the Sony-verse, of course), he’ll have the open availability to join the famed franchise for its next installment.
Elba is the next best choice at +600 and should be considered a top candidate as well. He has long been fan-casted for Bond and would be a perfect fit for it based on his coolness factor alone. The only thing working against him (and why he isn’t higher in the odds) is his age. At 49, he may not be in it for the long haul, and the powers that be will presumably want to go with someone on the younger side.
Tom Hardy, Kit Harrington Among James Bond Long-Shots
Among the long list of celebrities included in the odds, many of them would work well as James Bond and serve as an acceptable successor to Craig, but few better than Tom Hardy, Kit Harrington and Robert Pattinson.
All three should be considered long shots, but it is fun to imagine any of them as 007. Both Hardy and Pattinson have done a fantastic job as Eddie Brock (a.k.a. Venom) and Bruce Wayne (a.k.a. Batman) respectively in recent years and are proven commodities in the action realm, so neither should be ruled out entirely.
As for Harrington, he too is a notable name and him being named the new Bond would immediately generate a ton of positive buzz. His role as Jon Snow in the critically-acclaimed series Game of Thrones was his initial claim to fame, but he’s also done a number of other high-profile films in the last decade. In 2021, he portrayed Dane Whitman in Eternals, so depending on what’s next for him in the MCU could prevent him from becoming Bond.
Regardless of who follows in the footsteps of Craig and everyone else who has defined 007 in the past 60 years, they’ll undoubtedly have their work cut out for them and big shoes to fill as one of the most prolific secret service agents of all-time.