If you thought betting was just for sports and poker tournaments, you've been doing it all wrong. These days, bookies place bets on award shows, royal baby names, heck, even who's going to be the next James Bond when Daniel Craig finishes his run (he's contracted for one more go-round after Spectre, which will open November 6). According to betting agents, you'd be smart to put your money on Homeland actor Damian Lewis to replace Craig as 007. Of course, were Lewis to get the part, we probably wouldn't see him in a Bond film until around 2021, considering that Craig's films have come out about once every three years, on average. Still, there's no time like the present to get in on the fantasy casting game. Is Lewis your first choice or do you have another British gent in mind?
According to England's biggest bookie, William Hill, the odds of Lewis being cast as cinema's most famous spy have dropped from 25-1 to just 3-1, reports Variety. Other contenders for the role include Idris Elba (who's long been a rumored favorite), Tom Hardy, Henry Cavill, Michael Fassbender and Orlando Bloom. But Lewis has several advantages: he has Scottish roots (as does Bond); he's already played a spy to great acclaim on Homeland; and he's previously worked with the Bond franchise's long-time producer, Barbara Broccoli, on The Silent Storm, a small film which came out last year.
So, is a ginger Bond in our future? By 2021, we predict anything is possible.
Watch Lewis's 2012 Emmy acceptance speech below:
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