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Ladbrokes says they are confident that Tom Hardy is the next James Bond….

February 16th, 2016 by Matt Gault Comments

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Bookmakers Ladbrokes have suspended betting on Tom Hardy replacing Daniel Craig as the new James Bond.

The betting company revealed the news on its social media accounts as it looks increasingly likely that The Revenant star will replace Craig.

Our spies are convinced Hardy will be the next 007,” a source told The Independent (via Squareeyed). 

“The run of bets has shaken the Bond betting and for the time being, we’re taking a breather.”

This comes after news that Daniel Craig was to star in a high-profile TV adaptation of Jonathan Franzen’s novel Purity, which prompted rumours the actor was quitting the 007 franchise.

Hardy has been mentioned previously as Craig’s potential replacement although several other actors were said to be in the running, including Damian Lewis, Idris Elba and James Norton.

Craig has played Bond across four films over a nine year period, beginning with Casino Royale and culminating in last year’s Spectre.

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.