Sunday 25 February 2018

Damian Lewis: the next James Bond?

Bookmakers slash odds of Damian Lewis becoming the next James Bond after a flurry of bets on him succeeding Daniel Craig

Could Damien Lewis be the next James Bond?
Could Damien Lewis be the next James Bond?

Anita Singh

Damian Lewis is at the centre of rumours he will be the next James Bond after bookmakers received a flurry of bets on him succeeding Daniel Craig.

William Hill slashed the odds on the Homeland star from 25/1 to 3/1, making him second favourite for the role behind Idris Elba.

“This is an unprecedented gamble, as for no apparent reason we have seen bets of up to £200 on Damian Lewis being named as the next Bond. This might well be significant,” said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams.

At Betfair, Lewis’s odds have gone from 50/1 to 4/1. A spokesman said: “Damian Lewis hadn’t seen any interest in the betting until this weekend, but an absolute landslide in bets has forced us to cut the odds.

Idris Elba is also in the running
Idris Elba is also in the running

And Paddy Power cut the odds from 20/1 to 5/2, saying: “As the spectre of Daniel Craig disappears into the distance, it looks as though Lewis will be the next man with the golden gun.”

Craig is widely expected to bow out of the franchise after the next film, Spectre.

Lewis narrated Ian Fleming’s Diamonds are Forever audiobook and has joked that the character’s Scottish heritage – a major plot point in Skyfall – has “paved the way perfectly for a red-headed Bond”.

Barbara Broccoli, the Bond producer, is a fan of Lewis after working with him on last year’s The Silent Storm.

Broccoli went to great lengths to keep the actor happy while on location. “She overheard me say my pillow was like a brick and she arrived in her car from London with two duck-down pillows from John Lewis,” he recalled.

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