Next James Bond: Netflix star smashes past Tom Hardy and Rege-Jean Page

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It is well worth remembering that Craig was not a household name, nor was he on many people’s radars when he emerged out of the blue to snatch the biggest role in cinema. The race to replace him as 007 is wide open, although producer Barbara Broccoli has made it clear it will not be a woman. Madden’s profile is currently soaring thanks to his leading role in Marvel’s Eternals – something similar previously happened for him when The Bodyguard was airing. Likewise, Hardy is back at the forefront now that Venom 2 has hit cinemas. But the latest new favourite to be the next Bond  currently has no major projects out, which makes his dominance even more impressive. 

The current hottest bloke on the Bond block is Umbrella Academy’s Tom Hopper.

The British actor isn’t quite a household name, but he has been regularly on our screens for over a decade. From playing Sir Percival in Merlin to the honourable (so honourable he faced the dragon’s flames rather than kneel to Daenerys) Dickon Tarly in Game of Thrones, he is well-used to playing strapping chaps who always do their duty.

His current role is a little more morally ambiguous in the smash-hit Netflix show The Umbrella Academy where he plays Number One, Luther Hargreaves.

Today, Boylesports put Hopper neck and neck with Tom Hardy on 7/2. That’s a massive slash down from his original odds of 33/1.

A spokesperson said: “A few days ago we didn’t even have Tom Hopper in the betting to become the next James Bond, so this is a massive move. If the rumours are true, then we don’t think it will take long for him to take over the 11/4 favourite Richard Madden who has been eased from 8/11, the shortest price favourite we ever had.”

Paddy Power has gone one better and now has Hopper out in front, albeit on a more modest 3/1. He is very closely followed by Richard Madden on 10/3 and Tom Hardy on 7/2.

Usual suspect Rege Jean Page is on 9/2 and then the following pack comprises Henry Cavill, Idris Elba and James Norton on 8/1.

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However, it is worth noting that a new study looking at the public’s opinions of who will take over as James Bond, paints a very different pivcture.

A major new report looked at all the data from social media posts and found a clear winner and it is Netflix’s breakout Bridgerton hunk.

By analysing every tweet written about the 16 actors linked most closely to the job on positive/negative sentiment per tweet, total number of tweets, viral tweets and engagements, OLBG’s Bond Breakdown reveals that Rege-Jean Page is the runaway favourite among fans.

Page is way out in front, followed by Elba and then Poldark’s Aiden Turner and Outlander’s Sam Heughan.

What is interesting is that bookies’ favourites like Hardy and Madden are trailing far behind at number seven and fourteen, respectively. Hopper, as such a newcomer is nowhere to be seen.

It should also be remembered that Bond supremo Barbara Broccoli is keeping the top-secret James Bond shortlist close to her chest and has also declared recently that she will not even be thinking about Craig’s replacement until next year.

Whether or not anyone is convinced by that, 2022 is suddenly only two months away anyway…

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