Tom Hardy is growing favourite to succeed Daniel Craig as James Bond

But he remains slightly behind Idris Elba and Damian Lewis, according to bookmakers

Tom Hardy is a growing favourite to succeed Daniel Craig as James Bond, according to bookmakers.

The British actor, whose latest film Legend, a biopic of infamous East End criminals the Krays, opens in cinemas this Wednesday, is said to be gaining on current frontrunners Idris Elba and Damian Lewis, who are both 3/1 on for the role.

“The Next James Bond market has certainly come alive with all the support coming in for Tom Hardy, who is now 4/1 from 6/1 to take over from Daniel Craig,” Liam Glynn of bookmakers BoyleSports told Variety.

The Man From UNCLE actor Henry Cavill is currently level with Hardy at 4/1, with actors including Michael Fassbender, Orlando Bloom, Dominic West and Richard Armitage also in close contention.

Daniel Craig, 47, will make his fourth appearance as Bond in this year’s Spectre, which is set for release in UK cinemas on October 26 before opening worldwide on November 6. He remains three films behind the most prolific Bonds, Sean Connery and Roger Moore, who each portrayed Ian Fleming’s iconic secret agent in seven films.

Anthony Horowitz, the author of new Bond novel Trigger Mortis, recently claimed that Idris Elba was “too street” to play James Bond, a comment which drew a dry response from the Luther actor.

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