Tom Hiddleston’s Bond odds halved to 8/1; Idris Elba drifting out

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There’s been a shift in the market for the next James Bond. And it’s largely down to Tom Hiddleston.

The Thor star has seen his odds slashed in half from 16/1 into just 8/1. That means he’s now up to joint-fourth in the betting.

Danny Boyle had been set to direct Bond 25, but he’s now stepped down from the project. And our traders reckon that’s hampered Idris Elba’s chances of becoming 007. He’s drifted out to 6/5 (from 10/11).

However, Elba is still the firm favourite. He’s followed by Tom Hardy (4/1) and James Norton (11/2).

In the director market, Boyle’s departure has seen Christopher Nolan become the 3/1 favourite.

He’s followed by Starred Up director David Mackenzie at 4/1 and Yann Demange at 6/1.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Idris Elba’s chances of playing Bond look to have come and gone; he may still be favourite but he’s on the drift, and punters are now turning their attention to Tom Hiddleston.”

Ladbrokes Latest Betting:

Next James Bond

Idris Elba – 6/5

Tom Hardy – 4/1

James Norton – 11/2

Tom Hiddleston – 8/1

Jack Huston – 8/1

Sam Heughan – 8/1

Aidan Turner  – 9/1

Cillian Murphy – 10/1

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Next James Bond Director

Christopher Nolan – 3/1

David Mackenzie – 4/1

Yann Demange – 6/1

Denis Villeneuve – 6/1

Edgar Wright – 7/1

Sam Mendes – 8/1

The Coen Brothers – 8/1

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All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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Dave Burin

Dave graduated with an MA in English Literature at Durham University, and worked in marketing before joining the Ladbrokes News team. A Man United fan and avid groundhopper, he’s also an ardent follower of Rugby League. You can usually find him at a ground near you, clutching a big cup of tea.