The likes of Tom Hiddleston, James Norton and Richard Madden have long been touted as frontrunners to take over from Daniel Craig as the iconic spy. But with one bookmaker in particular, there’s a less-mentioned name sitting with relatively impressive odds from bookies. He’s a 37-year-old actor with acclaimed turns in The 100, American Gods and Mistresses – so could James Bond be next?
It’s Ricky Whittle – who shot to fame as a Reebok model in the early 2000s, before playing Calvin Valentine in Hollyoaks from 2006 to 2010.
He then went on to compete in Strictly Come Dancing in 2009, where he placed second, before going on to score big success in the US.
Now, with Unibet, he has odds of 20/1 of becoming the next Bond.
That, for context, puts him ahead of the likes of Henry Cavill (25/1), Jamie Dornan (33/1) and Jamie Bell (33/1), who have also been the subject of speculation at one point or another.
So could we see speculation around his involvement only go from strength to strength over the coming years?
Whatever the case, we’re a long way away from finding out: Craig’s final outing as 007 doesn’t start production until March.
It’s recently been claimed that he’s begun scaling back on alcohol and certain foods as he prepares to film the demanding sequences.
A source told the Mirror of his recent visit to the Golden Globes: “Daniel was clearly adamant he wouldn’t be tempted by the alcohol, canapes, haute cuisine and desserts.
“On Saturday, Rachel attended the BAFTA party but he stayed in. Then at the Golden Globes, he preferred water to wine and was chewing a protein bar.”
He is also thought to have passed on booze at a Fox afterparty.
Rami Malek of Bohemian Rhapsody is rumoured to be playing the villain in the next film, but this is unconfirmed.
James Bond 25 is out on February 14, 2020.