Next James Bond: BBC star leapfrogs Tom Hardy and Idris Elba as odds more than halve

Casino Royale runner-up Henry Cavill remains out in front on 2-1, while Norton is second on 4-1, matched by Bridgerton’s Regé-Jean Page.

Other contenders are Tom Hardy on 9-2, Idris Elba on 6-1, Luke Evans on 8-1, Chiwetel Ejiofor on 9-1 and Michael Fassbender on 11-1.

Norton has been the favourite before, especially after he opened BBC’s McMafia by channelling Bond when he wore a dinner jacket while walking through a casino.

Although at 37, he may be too old given recent comments made by Bond producer Michael G Wilson.

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