Richard Madden favourite to take over as the next James Bond #007

James Bond fans are eagerly awaiting any news pertaining to who will be the next 007 after Daniel Craig, 51, exits the role.

According to bookies Coral, Madden is now odds-on to land the coveted role of the next 007.

Having seen a huge surge of bets in the past 48 hours, he’s now favourite in their eyes to play the world-famous spy.

“Richard Madden ticks all the right boxes when it comes to James Bond so it is easy to see why punters are rushing in to back him to be the next 007 where he is now odds-on in the betting,” Coral’s John Hill said.

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With Madden now at 1-2 for the job, he is closely followed by Tom Hiddleston, 38, at 4-1.

Meanwhile, also still in the running are Idris Elba, 47, at 6-1 and James Norton, 34, also at 6-1.

Peaky Blinders favourite Cillian Murphy, 43, follows at 7-1, while his co-star Tom Hardy, 42, is at 12-1.

The hot topic surrounding Bond remains whether or not writers will choose to make 007 a woman.

Coral currently has odds at 20-1 for any female actor to be cast as the next Bond.

Madden’s name has been on everyone’s lips as a potential new Bond since his gripping portrayal of Sergeant David Budd in BBC drama Bodyguard last year.

James Bond: Richard Madden and Daniel CraigJames Bond: Richard Madden is tipped to be the new 007 (Image: GETTY • EON PRODUCTIONS • MGM)

James Bond: Richard MaddenJames Bond: Richard Madden is bookies' favourite to replace Daniel Craig (Image: GETTY)

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