Next Bond: Henry Cavill smashes past Tom Hardy in sudden reversal

Henry Cavill discusses the character of Geralt in The Witcher

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The Superman star is already flying sky-high is his career, with the triumphant return of The Witcher on Netflix last month and Season 3 already confirmed. He has also wrapped filming on Enola Holmes 2 (scroll down for a first sneak peek), constantly keeps hopes alive that he may still return as the Man of Steel and is also signed up to relaunch a major 1980s fantasy film franchise. How would he even have time to hit the big screen as the famous British secret agent. Make no mistake, Cavill has made it very clear that he passionately wants a second shot at Bond – after coming down to the final two the last time around.

Cavill has been upfront about his desire to get behind the wheel of that Aston Martin, saying: “If Barbara [Bond producer Barbara Broccoli] and Mike [co-producer Michael G Wilson] were interested in that, I would absolutely jump at the opportunity. At this stage, it’s all up in the air. We’ll see what happens. But yes, I would love to play Bond, it would be very, very exciting.”

Asked again, while he was promoting the return of The Witcher, he confirmed that the subject was still very much “on the table.”

Hollywood director Guy Richie also gave his seal of approval to the idea, when he cast Cavill in the recent Apple TV thriller Argyll: “I needed someone who was born to play Bond — which Henry is — and then nick him before Bond did.”

And it seems the British public agree with the star receiving the biggest surge of bets on any actor this year.

A spokesman for UK bookies Ladbrokes told Express Online: “Henry Cavill has been there or thereabout among the frontrunners for some time now, but a flurry of bets this week have forced us to slash his odds of replacing Daniel Craig in half.”


In a dramatic reversal, Cavill’s odds to be the next James Bond just fells to 3/1 with Ladbrokes, ahead of long-time favourite Tom Hardy on 4/1.

At the moment, the current favourite is Bridgerton star Rege-Jean Page, ahead of Cavill by just a whisker on 11/3.

Extraordinarily, Idris Elba is still in the mix on 6/1. However, much the public may hope for the London star to become the first black Bond,  the reality is that he is already 49. Roger Moore remains the oldest actor to start as 007, he was 45 when he made his debut in 1973’s Live and Let Die – and 58 when he bowed out in A View To A Kill.

Cavill, by contrast, was actually too young the first time around, when he made it to the final two alongside Daniel Craig, despite only being 22 at the time.

Looking back, Cavill admitted: “I probably could have prepared better. I remember the director, Martin Campbell, saying: ‘Looking a little chubby there, Henry.’

When the news broke, Cavill told Instagram: “Very exciting news today! I’ve been a fan of Highlander since I was lad. From the movies in all of their 80s, Queen slathered glory to the TV show with an actor who looked remarkably like one of my brothers.

“Being not shy with swords, and having a director as talented as Chad Stahelski at the helm, this is an opportunity like no other. Deep diving into franchise storytelling with all the tools at our disposal, is going to make this an adventure I (and hopefully all of you) shall never forget.”

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