Tom Hardy overtakes James Norton as 007 favourite following ‘anticlimactic’ McMafia season finale

He next stars in Venom

Tom Hardy has overtaken James Norton as the bookies’ favourite to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond.

Following Sunday’s season finale of the 10-episode BBC drama McMafia – which starred James Norton as a hedge fund manager drawn into the world of organised crime – Norton’s odds have fallen from 2/1 to 5/2, while Hardy’s have risen from 3/1 to 9/4, according to Betway. Idris Elba and Tom Hiddleston are tied with odds of 6/1, while Poldark‘s Aidan Turner’s odds sit at 7/1.

Betway’s media relations lead, Alan Alger, said: “Future Bonds are being judged on their current performances and that’s left McMafia star James Norton very unpopular in the betting over the past 24 hours. McMafia’s finale has been dubbed ‘anticlimactic’ by a host of critics and with Norton at the forefront we’ve pushed him out to 5/2 from 2/1. The money has come back in for Tom Hardy since Sunday night and he’s now a big fancy to be named the next 007 at just 9/4.”

In January, Harry Styles was linked to the Bond franchise after the former One Direction star received the thumbs-up from a James Bond editor.

The 23-year-old received the endorsement from Spectre editor Lee Smith after scoring plaudits for his big-screen debut as a beleaguered soldier in Dunkirk last year. Smith said: “Harry could do it. If they wanted a younger Bond then why not? He has got it… he can go all the way. He is an exceptional talent and a complete natural on camera.”