Tom Hardy: The Next James Bond?

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Yet another reason to love Tom Hardy.

Tom Hardy is a serious contender amongst U.K. bookmakers currently embroiled in a betting war for who will join the James Bond after Daniel Craig’s departure.

Excuse us while we swoon over the image of Hardy in a tuxedo.

According to Variety, the Ireland-based bookmaker BoyleSports polled Hardy for the role of 007, and the results are looking really good for the 37-year-old.

A BoyleSports spokesman told Variety,

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.

Hardy just made a splash with this summer’s post-apocalyptic hit Mad Max: Fury Road. His next film Legend, in which he plays the dapper gangster twins Ronnie and Reggie Kray, will likewise show off his prowess and capabilities for playing 007.

In case you’re having trouble imagining Hardy as Bond, here he is in Inception with Leonardo DiCaprio:

Leading the race is longtime favorite Idris Elba who is tied with Homeland’s Damian Lewis with betting odds of 3-1. Superman Henry Cavill now tied with Hardy with odds of 4-1. Other potential actors in contention for the role include Michael FassbenderRichard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Dougray Scott, Rupert Friend and Dominic West.

The news comes just two days after the new James Bond author Anthony Horowitz commented that Elba was “too rough” and “too street” to play Bond, something he later apologized for.

Elba’s response was super-classy:

Given this assorted group of sexy men, it looks like the future of the Bond franchise is in better than great hands.

Craig hasn’t yet revealed whether or not he’ll be starring in one more Bond film. In his recent interview with Esquire, he commented, “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 Bond film, Spectre, comes out on November 6.