Henry Cavill has seen his odds drop from 7-2 to 4-1 for the role of 007 in William Hill’s next James Bond market, following shifts in the market this week.
Fans are backing the Witcher star for Bond after he was spotted with an Aston Martin DB5 in the background of his latest ad for No 1 Botanicals, which sees Cavill exit a shop and walk past the DB5, while saying “life will always have its sweet temptations.”
The Aston Martin DB5 has long been James Bonds’ favourite car and is synonymous with the iconic role, with fans speculating Cavill may be trying to tell us something.
Fans picked up on the cue on Twitter, saying: “Henry Cavill seems to be putting it out there that James Bond is on the mind, having posted an Instagram story (in collaboration with No 1 Botanicals) eyeing up Sean Connery’s famous Aston Martin DB5.”
Cavill was first linked with playing James Bond ahead of Daniel Craig starring in Casino Royale, with director Martin Campbell revealing that he was eventually overlooked for the role as “he was too young, and also wasn’t experienced as Daniel.” But with over 15 years of more acting experience under his belt – including impressive roles in Man of Steel and Mission: Impossible – could Henry finally get a break with Bond?
He certainly still seems interested in the role, having stated that: “If Barbara [Broccoli] and Mike [co-producer Michael G. Wilson] were interested in that, I would certainly jump at the opportunity. At this stage, it’s all up in the air. We’ll see what happens.”
With Barbara Broccoli stating that they’re looking for “something a bit different” for the next Bond, would we be set to see the first Jersey-born 007 on the silver screen next year?
Top 007 contenders according to William Hill:
- Tom Hardy (3-1)
- Rege-Jean Page (3-1)
- Henry Cavill (4-1)
- Chiwetel Ejiofor (4-1)
- Idris Elba (5-1)
- Michael Fassbender (10-1)
- James Norton (12-1)
- Douglas Booth (12-1)
- Richard Madden (12-1)
- Jamie Bell (12-1)
This week, Idris Elba, having been favourite over the weekend and then dropping down (5-1) after Tom Hardy leapfrogged to the top (3-1), it seems that Cavill could climb his way further to the top after his recent DB5 link.
Speaking on Cavill’s odds narrowing, William Hill’s Tony Kenny said: “Henry Cavill has been up there in the top five Bond contenders since the market launched after No Time to Die, and to now be in the top three after a major market shift is significant. While we’re still waiting for any official announcement, it does seem that Cavill’s playful appearance with the DB5 is dropping a less-than-subtle hint that he’s the new Bond.”