That being said, the legendary Sir Sean Connery was mainly a stage performer when he got the role in 1962’s Dr No, so actors with only a few parts to their name are definitely still in the running.

However, those two names are not the frontrunners, and a couple of actors have been spoken about a great deal since Daniel announced his departure from the role.

One of these is Tom Hardy, who is currently at 5/4 to be the new Bond, according to bookmakers Betway.

Tom has been one of the key players in the discussions about the role, given he has shown his ability to play a suave agent-type character in Inception, while also understanding the requirements of an action hero, as in Mad Max: Fury Road.

However, unlike Sir Sean, Tom has a very high profile, having been seen in Oscar-winning movies The Revenant as well as acclaimed TV series Peaky Blinders, even making it into the news when he read children’s bedtime stories for CBeebies.


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