James Bond Casting Calls: Is Tom Hardy The Next James Bond? Or Is It Hugh Jackman?

There has been tremendous interest as to who will be the next James Bond since current Bond actor Daniel Craig hinted that the upcoming Spectre will be his final film for the franchise.

Idris Elba has been touted as the next actor to play James Bond for months, but that seems highly unlikely now, at least according to Benjamin Moore of Forbes. And now that Idris Elba may be out of the picture, speculation as to who will fill the role of Agent 007 has raged anew.

BoyleSports, an online bookmaker in Ireland, recently launched a survey on who should play James Bond once Daniel Craig hangs up his 007 badge. The actor who came out on top is Tom Hardy, which comes as no surprise given his impressive work as Bane in the The Dark Knight Rises and recently as the gritty Max Rockatansky in Mad Max: Fury Road.

BoyleSports spokesperson Liam Glynn also shared his thoughts on the recent resurgence of the James Bond market in a statement.

The Next James Bond market has certainly come alive with all the support coming in for Tom Hardy, who is now 4/1 from 6/1 to take over from Daniel Craig.

With the support showing no signs of drying up, we are expecting Tom Hardy to be the new favorite for the role sooner rather than later, which could result in BoyleSports being hit hard if Hardy lands the
role.

According to the BoyleSports list, former favorite Idris Elba is tied with Damian Lewis of Homeland with betting odds of 3/1. Henry Cavill of Batman vs Superman also made it to the list with betting odds of 4/1 – the same as Hardy.

Rounding up the top 10 actors who made it to the James Bond survey are Michael Fassbender, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Dougray Scott, Rupert Friend and Elba’s The Wire co-star Dominic West.

Meanwhile, Wolverine actor Hugh Jackman told Australian TV show The Project on Wednesday that he would “seriously consider” filling Bond’s shoes if asked.

Jackman said he was approached for the role 10 years ago just before Daniel Craig accepted the role for James Bond. He said he turned down the invitation because the timing wasn’t right at the time.

At the time I was just about to do X-Men 2 and I was like, ‘Ah, I don’t think it’s the right time’. But it was not an easy one to give up.

Sources affiliated with the James Bond franchise are not giving up on the possibility of Craig reprising the Bond role after filming Spectre. Daniel Craig, however, isn’t too excited about the prospect, as his statements to Esquire would suggest.

I have a life and I’ve got to get on with it a bit. I really don’t know. Honestly. I’m not trying to be coy. At the moment I can’t even conceive it.

The next James Bond film, Spectre, is scheduled for cinematic release in the UK on October 26 and worldwide on November 6.

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