Surprising demand for female 007 as Emilia Clarke holds place in race #JamesBond

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James Bond fans seem keen to substitute Daniel Craig for a female 007 after No Time To Die, with bets on one actress in particular surprising bookies by holding steady. While she’s far from being favourite for the job, Emilia Clarke has held her place as a 20-1 shot, having had odds slashed from 100-1 last week.

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Alex Apati from Ladbrokes told Express.co.uk the Star Wars and Game of Thrones actress would have been expected to have dropped off the radar somewhat, down to around 33-1 or 50-1, but unexpectedly high interest over the past couple of days means she’s staying near the top of the list for now.

This indicates an unforeseen demand for Clarke to take over as the first ever female Bond.

If 007 bosses are in agreement, the interest could lead to a controversial casting after Craig steps down from the role.

Bets on Clarke spiked last week after she enthused about the idea of joining the franchise as the lead.

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James Bond 25: Emilia ClarkeJames Bond 25: Interest in Emilia Clarke being the first female Bond is holding steady (Image: GETTY • EON)

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Asked if she would consider the role in an interview with Empire Magazine, she said: “Yeah! Of course! Hell to the yeah!

“James Bond is one of those franchises where it’s never not cool,” she continued. “You could literally make the naffest James Bond in the world and it would still be cool.”

Meanwhile, the frontrunners also remain the same in the betting for the next 007, with newcomer Sam Heughan maintaining the top spot.

The Scottish actor charged into first place recently, overtaking the likes of James Norton,

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