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UK oddsmakers wager Damian Lewis will succeed Daniel Craig as James Bond

06.16.2015

Apropos of nothing, a U.K. odds-maker has decided to change their odds on who will take Daniel Craig's place when the actor stops playing James Bond. Craig is currently filming SPECTRE, the follow-up to his most successful turn as 007. While Craig has not said he is leaving the role, after four films you would have to imagine he may be looking for other opportunities in his career. Whenever that may happen, a new search will commence for his replacement and people are already making their wagers as to who it might be.

So, while there is no reason to assume these numbers hold any bearing, it is worth noting that British bookie William Hill has lowered the odds on Homeland star Damian Lewis to become the next James Bond from 25/1 to 3/1. There does not seem to be any specific reason as to why this happened but Lewis now has better odds than Idris Elba (5/2), Tom Hardy (4/1), Henry Cavill (5/1) and Michael Fassbender (7/1).

I would expect that Daniel Craig has at least one or two more Bond outings left in him after SPECTRE, but that is just conjecture. He is contracted for one more film after the Sam Mendes directed sequel to SKYFALL but I would anticipate Sony would want to lock him up for more. Damian Lewis is no longer on Homeland which was his biggest exposure to the public, so casting him would be a strange choice. Plus, there has never been a red-headed Bond before and I would think Idris Elba would be more likely to cross the color barrier than a ginger.

Whoever succeeds Daniel Craig as James Bond is probably going to have the hardest gig since Sean Connery left the role. Craig has takent the rebooted franchise to new heights, both critically and financially. SPECTRE is poised to do great things as well, so I wouldn't get used to hearing about who the next Bond will be for a long while.

SPECTRE hits theaters on November 6th.

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12:04PM on 06/24/2015
Have no appetite for these films anymore. The concept and ideas have been done far better by other movies and none of the latest films of the series have done anything 'groundbreaking' and instead have come over as very mediocre. Maybe we are holding onto a character that has become outdated and would only serve as ammunition for Joss Whedons twitter rants. Ill hold judgement until SPECTRE comes out but would rather my money went towards a 4th Bourne film
Have no appetite for these films anymore. The concept and ideas have been done far better by other movies and none of the latest films of the series have done anything 'groundbreaking' and instead have come over as very mediocre. Maybe we are holding onto a character that has become outdated and would only serve as ammunition for Joss Whedons twitter rants. Ill hold judgement until SPECTRE comes out but would rather my money went towards a 4th Bourne film
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9:07AM on 06/17/2015
Isn't Michael Fassbender too big for the role now? Don't get me wrong, think he'd make for a great Bond but I don't think he needs a franchise like that in his career now (wasn't there a report about him quitting the Magneto gig after the next instalment?). Henry Cavill? Think I need to see him in Man From U.N.C.L.E before I can say anything on him - I've only ever seen him in Man of Steel and Immortals and based on that, I don't see it. Tom Hardy? Don't think its the kind of thing he'd
Isn't Michael Fassbender too big for the role now? Don't get me wrong, think he'd make for a great Bond but I don't think he needs a franchise like that in his career now (wasn't there a report about him quitting the Magneto gig after the next instalment?). Henry Cavill? Think I need to see him in Man From U.N.C.L.E before I can say anything on him - I've only ever seen him in Man of Steel and Immortals and based on that, I don't see it. Tom Hardy? Don't think its the kind of thing he'd take on but if he did I'd imagine, he be the one where I'd keep thinking about some of his other roles while he's playing Bond - not sure why though.
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9:02AM on 06/17/2015
I don't get why there has been so much conjecture about who the next Bond will be. Craig has not stated he's planning to leave the role. He still has another Bond film under his contract, which means we won't get another Bond movie for about 2-3 years. Craig has said he loves playing the character and will continue to do so until the producers decide to say no. It's not like the Bond productions take up a lot of his time. Probably 3 - 4 months of shooting every 2 or 3 years. Bond films
I don't get why there has been so much conjecture about who the next Bond will be. Craig has not stated he's planning to leave the role. He still has another Bond film under his contract, which means we won't get another Bond movie for about 2-3 years. Craig has said he loves playing the character and will continue to do so until the producers decide to say no. It's not like the Bond productions take up a lot of his time. Probably 3 - 4 months of shooting every 2 or 3 years. Bond films don't take up a lot of production time since they use real effects and less cgi then something like a Marvel production. So he'll have plenty of time to explore other projects in between Bond films and it's not like the guy was popping out blockbuster after blockbuster before we took on Bond. All this reporting on who the next Bond might be is just pointless as there is no real discussion happening with the producers of Bond on who the next Bond will be.
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7:32AM on 06/17/2015
Umm, no. Love the guy, but he's definitely not bond. A while yet until they choose another actor for the role, no rush.
Umm, no. Love the guy, but he's definitely not bond. A while yet until they choose another actor for the role, no rush.
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9:11PM on 06/16/2015
Damian Lewis is not Bond material.
Damian Lewis is not Bond material.
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8:42PM on 06/16/2015

Seriously doubt it

It's fine to speculate I guess, but this guy won't have a shot at it by the time Craig is done with the role. If my math is correct, he'll be 46 or 47 when he's offered the role, IF he's the successful candidate, and probably will be 48 by the time his first outing comes out, he's only 3 years younger than Craig. All this under the assumption Craig only does one more Bond movie, which more than likely won't be until 2017 or 2018 (that's why I said his age to be around 46 or 47).
What I'd
It's fine to speculate I guess, but this guy won't have a shot at it by the time Craig is done with the role. If my math is correct, he'll be 46 or 47 when he's offered the role, IF he's the successful candidate, and probably will be 48 by the time his first outing comes out, he's only 3 years younger than Craig. All this under the assumption Craig only does one more Bond movie, which more than likely won't be until 2017 or 2018 (that's why I said his age to be around 46 or 47).
What I'd suggest the studio do is start working on someone they think is suitable, someone in their mid to late 30's and establish him with a movie or two, get his name out there, before the madness of the Bond movies start.
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8:26PM on 06/16/2015
These actors are too well-known to take on Bond. They're just fan guesses at this point because they're popular. Similar to those people in the mid 2000's who said Clive Owen or Jude Law would be the next Bond, before they cast Craig. And thank goodness they did.
These actors are too well-known to take on Bond. They're just fan guesses at this point because they're popular. Similar to those people in the mid 2000's who said Clive Owen or Jude Law would be the next Bond, before they cast Craig. And thank goodness they did.
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9:19PM on 06/16/2015
I would have LOVED for it to have been Clive Owen. Hell, I'd still take him.
I would have LOVED for it to have been Clive Owen. Hell, I'd still take him.
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8:10PM on 06/16/2015
They're going to hire a relative unknown in his early 30's. I'd be honestly shocked if they hired anyone on this list.
They're going to hire a relative unknown in his early 30's. I'd be honestly shocked if they hired anyone on this list.
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7:47PM on 06/16/2015
I can't see him after Craig's interpretation. Now Fassbender, I could definitely see.
I can't see him after Craig's interpretation. Now Fassbender, I could definitely see.
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7:30PM on 06/16/2015

Homeland was his biggest exposure?

Did you forget about Band of Brothers? But no, he's no Bond.

Tom Hardy, love him, but just don't it.. I'd like to see them get some relatively unknown actor, who knew anything about Daniel Craig before Bond? Certainly not American audiences.
Did you forget about Band of Brothers? But no, he's no Bond.

Tom Hardy, love him, but just don't it.. I'd like to see them get some relatively unknown actor, who knew anything about Daniel Craig before Bond? Certainly not American audiences.
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6:50AM on 06/17/2015
I knew Daniel Craig from Road to Perdition and Layer Cake, but neither one of those roles were high profile, so I understand why most would not recognize him prior to Bond.
I knew Daniel Craig from Road to Perdition and Layer Cake, but neither one of those roles were high profile, so I understand why most would not recognize him prior to Bond.
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7:18PM on 06/16/2015

Doubt it.

I like the guy but he's not Bond. And neither is Elba. I want a prototypical Bond, no color change, thanks. No PC garbage for this guy. Elba should be the next Doctor...that I can get behind.
I like the guy but he's not Bond. And neither is Elba. I want a prototypical Bond, no color change, thanks. No PC garbage for this guy. Elba should be the next Doctor...that I can get behind.
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6:38PM on 06/16/2015
I wouldn't be interested in any of those actors as Bond unfortunately. I think I'd rather have an unknown.
I wouldn't be interested in any of those actors as Bond unfortunately. I think I'd rather have an unknown.
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6:22PM on 06/16/2015
Dan Stevens for Bond,please....he is great in The Guest
Dan Stevens for Bond,please....he is great in The Guest
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6:17PM on 06/16/2015

They could do worse

Although I think he's a terrible, horrible choice for Bond, at least they aren't whispering "Channing Tatum".
Although I think he's a terrible, horrible choice for Bond, at least they aren't whispering "Channing Tatum".
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5:10PM on 06/16/2015

Nope.

Taking the photo above into consideration, why not just have Hugh Grant?
But seriously, I think that they have struck the vein of gold with Daniel Craig that modernizes Fleming's writings into the 21st Century. Craig's Bond is the right translation of Connery's Bond from 50 years ago. But then Fleming wanted the likes of Cary Grant for Bond. Go figure.
Taking the photo above into consideration, why not just have Hugh Grant?
But seriously, I think that they have struck the vein of gold with Daniel Craig that modernizes Fleming's writings into the 21st Century. Craig's Bond is the right translation of Connery's Bond from 50 years ago. But then Fleming wanted the likes of Cary Grant for Bond. Go figure.
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4:45PM on 06/16/2015
But is Daniel Craig leaving? Is anything official?
But is Daniel Craig leaving? Is anything official?
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7:32PM on 06/16/2015
Craig is on record as saying he hates playing Bond, not so much the character I think, but the long, long press tour all over the world. Months and months of interviews saying the same thing over and over. He's been quite candid. he can't wait to get out of his contract.
Craig is on record as saying he hates playing Bond, not so much the character I think, but the long, long press tour all over the world. Months and months of interviews saying the same thing over and over. He's been quite candid. he can't wait to get out of his contract.
6:14AM on 06/17/2015
Daniel Craig isn't leaving. He is contractually obligated to at least one more film. I would guess that the next film in the series closes out the story Sam Mendes hatched with John Logan when they started with SKYFALL, and then after that he'll either step away or possibly renew his contract for another film if the money is right (and it might be if SPECTRE and the subsequent film are as big as SKYFALL).
Daniel Craig isn't leaving. He is contractually obligated to at least one more film. I would guess that the next film in the series closes out the story Sam Mendes hatched with John Logan when they started with SKYFALL, and then after that he'll either step away or possibly renew his contract for another film if the money is right (and it might be if SPECTRE and the subsequent film are as big as SKYFALL).
4:29PM on 06/16/2015

I love Damien Lewis...

But Christ, I hope not.
But Christ, I hope not.
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