New James Bond contenders: Who might replace Daniel Craig?

After featuring in record four Bond movies, actor Daniel Craig had already told studio bosses that he was �done� playing 007. Since then there have been number of speculations as who would replace Craig?

New James Bond contenders: Who might replace Daniel Craig?

After featuring in record four Bond movies, actor Daniel Craig had already told studio bosses that he was ‘done’ playing 007. Since then there have been number of speculations as who would replace Craig?

James Norton has flown up the bookmakers' lists of who will be the next James Bond after a flurry of bets. The actor is now at the top of the running to replace Daniel Craig, should he leave.

But Craig has not officially stood down as Bond. Last year he said he would rather slash his wrists than play the spy again, but has since said the role was "the best job in the world".


There has been no confirmation as yet that Craig has been enticed. But, should Craig hang up his, here are the bookmakers' favourites to replace him:

James Norton:



Norton has proven his range in television favourites such as Happy Valley, War and Peace and Grantchester. According to report Norton has been in talks with EON Productions over the role. The final decision will be made by the production companies head, Barbara Broccoli.

Idris Elba:



The Luther actor having previously spoken candidly about the part, saying he is “too old” to be Bond - Elba is the oldest person on the list at 43. Elba has been a popular choice with critics and fans alike. He’s an established name but not so famous as to overshadow the character. His casting would be historic, obviously, but Elba feels less a “Black Bond” than a natural Bond who happens to be black.

Tom Hiddleston:



Hiddleston was tipped to become Bond following his portrayal of a spy in The Night Manager. He's tall, charming, well dressed and has a built-in fan base thanks to his performance as Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But Bond producer Barbara Broccoli was reported to say recently that he's "too posh".

Tom Hardy:



Hardy is a mainstay of the list, first boosted by the "big splash" he made in Mad Max: Road Fury, says Vanity Fair. Though his Mad Max character was a "grunting road warrior" he can do suave when called upon, says the magazine, with roles in This Means War and Inception proving his range.

Michael Fassbender:



Fassbender appears a perfect choice as cinema’s favourite spy.Still only 39, this is an actor at the height of his powers. But Michael Fassbender has already said no to James Bond.