Odds to become the next James Bond after Daniel Craig: Aaron Taylor-Johnson remains the favourite
Aaron Taylor-Johnson is the favourite to score the role of James Bond. Photo by Lee Jin-man/AP.

Ever since Daniel Craig's time as James Bond came to an end with No Time to Die in 2021, there has been rampant speculation about who might fill his shoes.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson is generating a lot of buzz recently, Henry Cavill checks a lot of boxes and Damson Idris is emerging as a top candidate.

James Bond odds

Aaron Taylor-Johnson+175
Henry Cavill+300
Damson Idris+300
James Norton+500
Rege-Jean Page+500
Paapa Essiedu+800
Tom Hardy+1,000
Chiwetel Ejiofor+1,400
Richard Madden+1,400
Luke Evans+1,400
Aidan Turner+1,400
Dan Stevens+1,400
Idris Elba+1,400
Jack Lowden+1,400

Bond odds as of 2:49 p.m. on 01/04/2024.

Taylor-Johnson might not be the first name Bond fans would think of to play the iconic role, but he has plenty of qualities that make him a fit.

He has tons of experience in action movies from starring in the Kick-Ass franchise to a role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as his recent performance in Bullet Train.

Taylor-Johnson also has some acting credentials as a Golden Globe winner, with a pair of BAFTA nominations in his back pocket.

One of his best advantages over the field in his youth. At 33, he's the type of actor who could carry this franchise for 15 years or more.

Taylor-Johnson is rumoured to have done a screen test for the role of Bond, but we won't know how well it went until the announcement of Craig's successor is made.

Other Bond choices

Cavill has become a fascinating figure in Hollywood recently as he left a leading role with Netflix's hit series The Witcher to seemingly re-commit himself to the role of Superman in DC's films.

Then James Gunn took over the DC Universe and opted not to bring Cavill back to the role. The star has since signed on to a Warhammer 40K adaption, but it's unclear how large a commitment that will be.

Cavill is a big-name British action star who often shows up on lists of the sexiest or most handsome men alive, making him a logical choice to play Bond.

That said, there haven't been many rumours linking him to the role. In addition, his Warhammer 40K work may become all-encompassing and, at 40 years old, he might be considered too old to re-launch this franchise.

Damson Idris (+300) - Bet here

No actor is garnering more buzz and making a larger scale up the odds board to be the next Bond than Idris.

The British-Nigerian actor has climbed into a tie for second alongside Cavill at +300. Idris is best known for his portrayal of Franklin Saint in Snowfall, a show about the early stages of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles at the beginning of the 1980s.

If Idris is named as the next James Bond, he would be the first Black actor to play the role in the character’s 60-plus-year film history.

Like Taylor-Johnson, Idris is young enough to carry the franchise for the foreseeable future at 32 years old.

Idris has also made appearances in Swarm and Black Mirror.

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