Next James Bond: Marvel villain joins betting to threaten Bridgerton star’s lead

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The role of James Bond has long been one of the most-desired roles in Hollywood. At the end of the month, No Time To Die will be released, bringing Daniel Craig’s journey as the titular hero to a close. Recently, Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page has been the frontrunner to take over from the 53-year-old, but he may be about to lose his top spot to a Marvel villain.

According to leading bookmaker Ladbrokes, Loki actor Tom Hiddleston has just gained a lot of ground in the Bond odds.

The Marvel star previously had an incredibly impressive 12/1 to play Bond after Craig, but his odds have just been slashed.

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The British star has just been awarded a staggering 8/1 to claim the role.

It’s no surprise Hiddleston’s popularity has spiked considering the excellent year he has had.

In June the 40-year-old star’s solo show ​Loki ​debuted on Disney Plus.

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Hiddleston starred in six episodes set in the MCU, taking place directly after Avengers Endgame.

He played alongside Sophia Di Martino, who ​portrayed a female variant of Loki named Sylvie.

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​During the TV show, the ever-charismatic actor secured some major screen time in the MCU for the first time since 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok

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Page, who is best known for playing The Duke of Hastings in Netflix’s period drama, was given a fantastic 5/6 odds​ last month​, ​placing him ​as the ​current ​favourite.

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But just behind him is Tom Hardy, who also has a strong year ahead of him with his upcoming supervillain movie Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage.

Hardy has a strong 4/1 on becoming Bond – and he recently got some support from a former Bond actor.

Goldeneye star Pierce Brosnan recently said: “There’s Tom Hardy out there as well. Tom can really chew the furniture up, just be a ball boy – both men can.” (Via People)

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Brosnan also gave his blessing to Idris Elba, who is also in the running to become the next Bond.

The Suicide Squad star was given 10/1, keeping him in the top ten of potential stars.

Brosnan said of the Pacific Rim actor: “Idris Elba comes to mind. Idris is such a powerful presence and such a great former voice tensity. He would be magnificent.”

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James Bond No Time To Die hits cinemas on September 30.

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