The odds of British actor Regé-Jean Page replacing Daniel Craig as super spy James Bond have considerably shortened following the success of his hit Netflix show “Bridgerton,” according to British betting firm Ladbrokes.
The actor, who plays the dashing Duke of Hastings in the Regency romance series, had fuelled speculation Dec. 16, when he tweeted “Regency, royalty. Shaken and stirred,” a reference to how Bond likes his martini mixed.
Ladbrokes’ odds on which actor will play the next Bond is a closely followed process in the U.K. Page is now just 5/1 in the betting with Ladbrokes to replace Craig as Bond, having previously been 40/1 before Christmas.
“Tom Hardy still leads the way as favorite, with James Norton close behind in second place. But it really is all to play for in the race for 007 and RJP has a great chance if the odds are anything to go by,” Ladbrokes representative Alex Apati tells Variety.
The Ladbrokes list of James Bond frontrunners:
Jack Lowden – 8/1
Cillian Murphy – 10/1
James Norton – 7/4
Sam Heughan – 6/1
Tom Hardy – 6/4
Richard Madden – 6/1
Regé-Jean Page – 5/1
Idris Elba – 7/2
The next James Bond film, “No Time To Die,” is scheduled to release over Easter this year, following a few postponements in 2020 due to the pandemic.