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Here’s who is most likely to be the next James Bond, according to betting outlets

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Daniel Craig stars as James Bond in "No Time to Die." Nicola Dove/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios

As the James Bond franchise hits 60, speculation about who will replace Daniel Craig as the titular character is only growing.

Oct. 5 marked the 60th anniversary of the premiere of the first Bond film, “Dr. No,” which starred Scottish actor Sean Connery.

In honor of the occasion, producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson have been answering eager reporters’ questions about the future of the franchise.

The pair has repeatedly told reporters they are focusing on figuring out where they want to take the James Bond story right now, and that will guide their decision on who’ll be the next Bond. They even told Variety that a decision on who will be next is years away.

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And it is no doubt a big decision. Former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan once pointed out that more people have walked on the moon than played Bond.

But Broccoli and Wilson have let slip some broad qualifications and considerations for choosing the new actor.

What the producers are thinking about

Deadline reported over the weekend that Wilson said the new actor would likely be in his 30s.

“We’ve tried looking at younger people in the past. But trying to visualize it doesn’t work. Remember, Bond’s already a veteran. He’s had some experience. He’s a person who has been through the wars, so to speak. He’s probably been in the SAS or something. He isn’t some kid out of high school that you can bring in and start off. That’s why it works for a thirty-something,” he said.

Reuters reported that the producers are looking for a skilled actor who can pull off dramatic scenes.

“We want, first of all, a good actor, an actor who is just not necessarily an action actor, but someone who can play what we hope will be the demanding roles that we write in the scripts,” Wilson said.

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Variety reported that the producers see a new actor as more than just a fresh face for the character.

“That’s why, when people go, ‘Oh, who are you going to get?’ it’s not just about casting an actor for a film. It’s about a reinvention, and ‘Where are we taking it? What do we want to do with the character?’” Broccoli said. “And then, once we figure that out, who’s the right person for that particular reinvention?”

The Hollywood Reporter wrote last month that the producers said the choice of actor for Bond will be influenced by the new challenges the character will face.

“We always sit down with our writers, and we start by thinking about ‘What is the world afraid of?’ We start by thinking about, ‘Who’s the Bond villain?’ We try to focus on that as the sort of uber story, and then we want to also look at Bond’s emotional life, and what he’ll be facing personally that he hasn’t had to deal with before,” Broccoli said.

So who will it be?

While betting sites and sportsbooks can’t agree on a singular frontrunner, they do agree on who the top picks will likely be.

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The three actors that have claimed the top spots from several betting outlets are Henry Cavill, Tom Hardy, and Rege-Jean Page.

Henry Cavill is known for his recurring role as Superman in DC Comics movies, as well as his starring role in Netflix’s “The Witcher” as Geralt, the white wolf.

Henry Cavill. – (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

Tom Hardy shot to fame after headlining in 2012’s “The Dark Knight Rises” as Bane, the villain of the film. He’s also known for his portrayal of Spider-Man villain Venom and his portrayal of the title character in 2015’s “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

Tom Hardy. – (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

Rege-Jean Page is not as well known as the first two, but he made a splash in Hollywood in 2020 when he starred in the first season of Netflix’s “Bridgerton.”

Rege-Jean Page. – (Photo by Andreas SOLARO / AFP) (Photo by ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP via Getty Images)

But these three are far from the only actors betting outlets believe have a shot at becoming the next James Bond.

Other people betting outlets have identified as top picks:

“Luther” star Idris Elba

Idris Elba. – (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)

Pop artist-turned-actor Harry Styles

Harry Styles. – (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

Tom Holland, who is known for playing the latest version of Spider-Man

Tom Holland. – (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

“Peaky Blinders” star Cillian Murphy

Cillian Murphy. – (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Chiwetel Ejiofor, who is known for starring in 2013’s “12 Years a Slave”

Chiwetel Ejiofor. – (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

“Game of Thrones” star Richard Madden

Richard Madden. – (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

Michael Fassbender, who is known for portraying young Magneto in the latest X-Men films

Michael Fassbender. – (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP) (Photo by LOIC VENANCE/AFP via Getty Images)

Tom Hopper, who is known for work in Netflix’s “Umbrella Academy”

Tom Hopper. – (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Netflix)

“Outlander” star Sam Heughan

Sam Heughan. – (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Aidan Turner, who is known for portraying a dwarf in “The Hobbit” series

Aidan Turner. – MASTERPIECE

James Norton, who is known for his work in 2019’s “Little Women”

James Norton. – (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

Jack Lowden, who is known for his work in 2017’s “Dunkirk”

Jack Lowden. – (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Lashana Lynch, who starred in the last James Bond film, “No Time to Die”

Lashana Lynch. – (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for BFI)

Callum Turner, who is known for his work in Netflix’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Emma”

Callum Turner. – (Photo by: BBC/Heyday Films/Nick Wall)

Jamie Bell, who became famous as a teen when he played the title character in 2000’s Billy Elliot

Jamie Bell. – (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

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