Speculations are once again flying about the identity of the successor of Daniel Craig in the James Bond franchise, and British-Nigerian actor Damson Idris is rising as the new favorite, according to the betting market.
UK betting sites are still offering odds on who the next Bond will be, and 31 year-old Idris leads the way while former favorites Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Rege-Jean Page follow as joint second favorites to play the iconic character in the next film of the iconic franchise.
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Londoner Idris is best known for starring on John Singleton’s crime drama Snowfall, which debuted 5 July 2017 on FX and ended in 2023 after six seasons. Most recently, he played the co-lead in Netflix’s 2021 sci-fi action film Outside the Wire.
“Damson Idris has come from nowhere to be the 2/1 favorite to be the next James Bond with no rumours linking him to the role but an apparent flurry of bets being placed on the British actor to star as the famous secret agent,” Steve Madgwick, Entertainment Betting Expert at OLBG.com describes.
Next James Bond can be of “any” British background
Since producer Barbara Broccoli, who controls the James Bond film franchise with her half-brother Michael G. Wilson, confirmed that the next James Bond can be of “any” ethnicity or race, provided he is a British man, several black or minority-group actors have been seen by media as favorites for the role.
Acclaimed British actor Idris Elba, whose suitability as the next 007 has been supported both by former James Bond star, Pierce Brosnan, and, most recently, Tom Hanks, has himself dismissed rumors of involvement on numerous occassions.
Earlier this year, the Daily Mail supported that Emily in Paris actor Lucien Laviscount was being lined up to become Daniel Craig’s replacement as the next James Bond.
Previous favourites have included prominent British actors Tom Hardy and Henry Cavill.
Book shows real secret weapons that inspired James Bond
Whilst producers might be still casting the next actor to play the iconic British secret agent on the silver screen, an upcoming re-issue of a 1942 book draws James Bond fans’ attention to the real secret weapons of MI9 that inspired the character.
Most Secret: MI9 Escape and Evasion Devices is available to preorder ahead of its September release, offering a rare look at the most highly classified and clandestine tools of British espionage.
The original edition of the book – vintage copies of which can still be purchased online at salty prices – is believed to have been authored by Christopher Clayton Hutton himself, the eccentric MI9 inventor who inspired many of Q’s creations in James Bond.
Published for the first time since its creation in 1942, this “most secret” book reveals the many marvellous and ingenius escape aids created by MI9 to help Allied personnel both evade capture and escape from prisoner of war camps, such as silk maps designed to be concealed in garments, tiny radio receivers hidden in cigar boxes and cleverly disguising uniforms, the description of the re-issue reads.