After reports that he was named to replace Daniel Craig, betting on Tom Hardy as the new James Bond was suspended.
Speculation has risen to fever in recent days after claims the 43-year-old actor was offered the icon after a successful audition.
All bets on who will be the next Bond are void after Hardy's chances of winning were lowered from 6/1 to 1/1 amid the swirling rumors of the new leadership of the espionage franchise.
The bets are up! Bets on Tom Hardy as the new James Bond have been suspended as fans believe he will be named to replace Daniel Craig
The Venom star has been one of the bookmakers' favorites to take on the role since opening the market last September when he was cast 9/1 as Bond.
When the bookmaker market closed, James Norton was the second favorite actor to take on the role on September 4th, followed by Idris Elba (11/2), Sam Heughan (6/1) and Richard Madden (7/1).
Oddschecker spokesman Callum Wilson: “For years we have heard speculation about who will replace Daniel Craig as James Bond, and after all, the English heart-pounding Tom Hardy seems to be the man for the role. & # 39;
"The versatile Hardy would certainly be a popular choice – attracting 54% of all bets in the 24 hours prior to the blackout."
Rumor mil: Speculation has risen in fever in recent days after reports were reportedly offered the icon to the 43-year-old actor after a successful audition
Next in line? The movement appears to have shifted following a report from the Vulcan Reporter claiming Hardy's turn for 007
The movement appears to have shifted following a report from the Vulcan Reporter claiming Hardy's turn for 007.
Tom was one of the bookmaker's favorites to become the next 007 in recent years, and rumors circulated that he will be following in Craig's footsteps after his fifth and final film, No Time To Die.
The Vulcan Reporter claims that Hardy was offered the role after a successful audition, while the bookies' chances of getting the star have now been cut in half.
The publication reports that the producers planned to reveal Tom as James Bond in November – the same month that No Time To Die was due to be released.
In the running: When the bookmaker market closed, James Norton was the second favorite actor to wrap up the role on September 4th
New bond? All bets on who will be the next Bond are void after Tom's odds of winning were reduced from 6/1 to 1/1 amid the swirling rumors of the legendary part
However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Vulcan reporter said, the announcement will come later this year or early 2021.
Earlier this week, after a series of bets, bookies reduced The Peaky Blinders Star's odds of winning from 8/1 to just 4/5 in the last 24 hours.
Ladbrokes' Alex Apati said: "A spate of bets in the last 24 hours suggests the cat is out of the pocket and it is Tom Hardy who will soon replace Daniel Craig as 007."
The taboo star has made no secret of wanting to be the next 007 – but has previously refused to talk about the part for fear it could be blacklisted.
In an interview with the Daily Beast, the palpitation admitted, “If I mention it, it's gone.
“You know, there is a saying among us in fraternity of action and in the fellowship of my peer group that if you talk about it, you are automatically out of the running.
"So I can't possibly comment on that!"
Going on & # 39; s: The Venom star was one of the bookmakers' favorites to take on the role since the market opened last September when he was cast 9/1 as Bond
Hardy's childhood resulted in an unlikely movie star after he was kicked out of school and arrested for driving with a gun possession in a stolen Mercedes.
After battling drug and alcohol addiction as a teenager, Hardy landed a modeling contract after winning a television contest in the late 1990s.
During that time, Hardy married producer Sarah Ward in 1999, but the ex-couple divorced in 2004, citing that he “didn't have time” for their marriage.
Oliver, Oliver! As Hardy's industry profile rose, he appeared in Oliver Twist in 2007 as malicious criminal Bill Sikes (pictured)
Britain's Most Violent Prisoner: During this time, the star's best-known roles as Handsome Bob in RocknRolla and "Most Violent Prisoner in Britain" were Charles Bronson in Bronson, both of which put him on the map (pictured)
The actor Dark Night Rises, also expelled from the Drama Center London, earned small roles in the TV series Band of Brothers and Black Hawk Down in 2001.
Hardy was addicted to crack cocaine in his mid-twenties and checked into rehab after a certain low point after his Star Trek debut.
However, after getting clean and climbing Hardy's industry profile, he appeared on Oliver Twist as malicious criminal Bill Sikes in 2007 and starring Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights in 2009.
During this time, the star's most notable roles as Handsome Bob in RocknRolla and as the "Most Violent Prisoner in Britain" were Charles Bronson in Bronson, which both put him on the map. After being noticed by Hollywood producers after the roles, Hardy also grabbed a part in Inception (2010) and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Acting: He starred Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights in 2009 (pictured)
Extensive roles: After being noticed by the Hollywood producers after the roles, Hardy also packed parts in Inception (2010) and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) (picture)
During the filming of Bronson, Tom met Charles several times, and the convict was believed to be very impressed with his ability to build muscle and mimic his voice and mannerisms.
After being noticed by the Hollywood producers after the roles, Hardy also wrapped parts in Inception (2010) and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011).
While Hardy will play the ultimate hero in Bond, one of his most memorable roles as Batman villain was Bane in Christopher Nolan's third installment in the trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
Other well-received appearances by Hardy include playing two Kray twins, Ronnie and Reggie in the 2015 movie Legend, as well as Dunkirk (2017) and Venom (2018).
He is also well known for his role as Alfie Solomons in the historical crime drama Peaky Blinders, which he played from 2014 until last year.
Memorable: While Hardy will play the ultimate hero in Bond, one of his most memorable roles as Batman villain was Bane in Christopher Nolan's third installment in the trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
Bottom up! Hardy's other well-received appearances include playing two Kray twins, Ronnie and Reggie in the 2015 movie Legend
On behalf of the Peaky Blinders! He is also well known for his role as Alfie Solomons in the historical crime drama Peaky Blinders, which he played from 2014 until last year
Tom is the father of his 12-year-old son Louis, whom he greeted in 2008 with his then girlfriend Rachel Speed, whom he met on the set of Virgin Queen in 2005.
The couple separated a year after giving birth to their son.
That same year, however, he began dating the 38-year-old actress Charlotte Riley, whom he met while filming Wuthering Heights. They got married in 2014.
A year later, Charlotte gave birth to their first child, and in December 2018 the couple's second child, a son, was born.
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