Damian Lewis Could Be the Next James Bond

Can you imagine Nicholas Brody saying “Bond, James Bond?”

The odds are (mostly) in Damian Lewis’ favor right now, thanks to the bookies across the pond. Earlier this week, the UK’s biggest bookie William Hill revealed that the London-born actor’s odds to take over Daniel Craig’s job have dramatically changed from 25/1 to 3/1.

This means the Homeland star is right behind frontrunner Idris Elba, whose odds are currently 5/2.

“This is an unprecedented gamble, as for no apparent reason we have seen bets of up to £200 [$312 USD] on Damian Lewis being named as the next Bond,” according to a William Hill spokesperson. “This could well be significant and might herald the end of Daniel Craig as the world’s most famous spy.”

Tom Hardy (4/1), Henry Cavill (5/1), Michael Fassbender (7/1), and Orlando Bloom (10/1) are also in the running to become the world’s next Bond as the latest 007 picture, Spectre, gears up for its November release.

On Monday, MGM unveiled behind-the-scenes footage from Spectre’s opening sequence, which takes place during a Day of the Dead festival in Mexico City.

Spectre, Craig’s fourth Bond film, opens nationwide Nov. 6.

[The Hollywood Reporter]

[Variety]