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Who will be the next James Bond? According to one bookmaker, all bets are off, and Tom Hiddleston will take on the iconic role once Daniel Craig hangs up his tuxedo.
According to reports, bookies Coral suspended betting on the identity of the next 007 after a large bet was placed on English actor Hiddleston.
A flurry of bets over the past 24 hours tipped the star of The Night Manager and High Rise to replace Craig as Bond, making him the 2-1 favourite.
After a huge bet, his odds plummeted to 1-2 and Coral suspended betting.
Last week, Hiddleston reportedly met with Bond movie director Sam Mendes.
Nicola McGeady, a spokeswoman for Coral, said: “There is no smoke without fire, and following the big gamble on Tom Hiddleston in the last 24 hours, we’ve had no choice but to pull the plug on the market.
Elba was priced at 9-1 and Lewis at 14-1 before betting was suspended.
Poldark star Aidan Turner had 3-1 odds and Mad Max: Fury Road actor Tom Hardy was at 4-1.
This comes just weeks after Hiddleston said on the Graham Norton Show that nobody had spoken to him about the chance to replace Craig as Bond.
The 35-year-old Londoner, who is best known for playing Loki in the Avengers films, said: “The position isn’t vacant as far as I’m aware. No-one has talked to me about it.
“I think the rumours have come about because in The Night Manager I play a spy and people have made the link.”
Mendes recently fuelled speculation that Craig is set to quit as Bond by saying that Spectre felt like the actor “saying goodbye”.
Craig has portrayed iconic fictional secret agent James Bond in four films since 2006, appearing inCasino Royale, 2008’s Quantum of Solace, 2012’s Skyfall and last year’s Spectre.
While promoting Spectre, Craig famously said he would rather “slash my wrists” than play 007 again.