Next Bond Villain Odds: Tom Hardy And Idris Elba To Battle It Out For Role

"Tom Hardy and Idris Elba are currently the market leaders with the bookies to be the next Bond villain.

Tom Hardy and Idris Elba are currently the market leaders with the bookies to be the next Bond villain. Hardy is no stranger to several hard-hitting roles, including portraying evil Bane in Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises and he played both twin gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray in the film Legend.


The 2/1 chance appears to be able to turn his hand at any type of character, and he is a worthy favourite to be the next Bond villain, while Elba is 5/2 second favourite to go up against Bond in the 26th film in the franchise. But could one of the pair be 007 instead? Elba is currently 9/2 with the bookies for the iconic role, while Hardy is best priced 10/1.


Despite this, Elba has previously ruled out the chance of becoming the next James Bond, which could pave the way for him to be a Bond villain instead. Other stars in contention include Cillian Murphy (4/1), who has already taken awards season by storm this year following his titular role in Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer. Like Hardy, Murphy portrayed a villain in The Dark Knight trilogy, starring as Scarecrow, and the pair appeared opposite Gary Oldman in the movie series. Oldman (3/1) played a good guy on that occasion, Commissioner James Gordon, but he is no stranger to a villainous part after portraying the likes of Count Dracula, in 1992 film Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and a crooked DEA agent in 1994 crime drama Leon.”

Leo To Be In Bond One Day?


Leo Woodall is one of the leading men on everyone’s lips at the moment due to his portrayal in the latest Netflix drama series to take the world by storm – One Day.


If Bond producers are looking for a fresh-faced star to portray the next villain in their franchise then Woodall, who is 5/1 with the bookies, could be their man. Other actors expected to be in the conversation include former Skins stars Daniel Kaluuya (8/1) and Nicholas Hoult (9/1), while 11/1 chance Iwan Rheon showed he could perfectly portray an uber-villain during his stint as Game of Thrones’ evil Ramsay Bolton.


Christopher Walken (14/1) previously starred as villain Max Zorin in 1985 Bond movie A View to a Kill, but if the franchise’s bosses want to play it safe then he could be a wise choice to cast again. Or, the producers could do far worse than sign up experienced stars John Malkovich (12/1) or John Lithgow (20/1).”

Come In, Miss Bellamy!

“As well as 007, the character of Moneypenny – previously known as Miss Moneypenny back in the day – is expected to be recast as part of the upcoming Bond shake-up. Naomie Harris has played Eve Moneypenny for the last three movies, No Time to Die, Spectre and Skyfall, and while she admitted to Metro in 2022 she would be up for reprising the part, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Craig’s exit coincided with a change of actress to play the secretary of M, Bond’s superior officer. The Crown star Meg Bellamy – 6/1 to be the next Bond girl – is the 6/4 favourite to be the new Moneypenny, while fellow Brits Ella Purnell (2/1), and Naomi Scott (3/1) aren’t far behind in the market.


Like Woodall, Emma Mackey (6/1) has wowed in a huge Netflix hit after starring as Sex Education’s Maeve Wiley. While the character has recently been played by Brits in Harris, Samantha Bond, and Caroline Bliss, Canadian actress Lois Maxwell starred as Moneypenny for the first 14 Bond movies. French star Elizabeth Debicki has proved she can perfect an English accent after her role as the late Princess Diana in Netflix’s The Crown, and she is 8/1 with the bookies to land the Moneypenny role, while her Crown co-star Claire Foy is a 12/1 outsider for the part.”



Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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