Tom Hiddleston address James Bond rumours

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Last week (May 28) it was revealed that Tom Hiddleston is reportedly in talks to take over as the next James Bond, according to sources close to the actor.

Current Bond actor Daniel Craig is yet to confirm his departure from the iconic role, but previous reports claimed that the actor had turned down a £68 million offer to stay on as the spy – after he previously said he would rather “slash my wrists” than reprise the role.

According to ComicBook, Hiddleston has addressed the rumours during a panel at Wizard World Philadelphia. “I’m sorry to disappoint you everybody,” he began. “I don’t think that announcement is coming. But I’m very gratified to hear the enthusiasm. There’s not much that I can say that I haven’t already said, but I know… your guess is as good as mine to be honest.”

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Bookmaker Coral have suspended betting on the next James Bond after a large sum of money was placed on favourite Tom Hiddleston. The booka=maker reported a swell of activity around Hiddleston this weekend and cut his odds to 1-2 before suspending betting altogether, reports BBC News. This latest development follows news that the British actor was reportedly spotted meeting with Bond director Sam Mendes last week.

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.

“Earlier in the year there was a gamble on Idris Elba and Damian Lewis, but nothing has come close to the recent gamble on Hiddleston.”