Bridgerton star Rege-Jean Page Cut in Next James Bond Betting

Bridgerton star Rege-Jean Page Cut in Next James Bond Betting
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Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page is gaining momentum in the ever-popular betting market on who will be the next James Bond.

Daniel Craig has filmed his last movie as Bond, No Time To Die, which has been repeatedly delayed for release due to the pandemic with a current cinema roll-out date set for April 2, 2021.

Meanwhile, as Bond fans wait patiently for what will be the 25th instalment of the long-running film franchise, speculation over who will replace Craig has been rife for years.

Tom Hardy, James Norton and Idris Elba have all held favourtism at one stage or another, but the current flavour of the month is Regé-Jean Page, who has risen to prominence thanks to the success of new Netflix series Bridgerton.

The period drama is number one in Netflix’s streaming trends in 76 countries with an estimated 63million households having tuned in to the show, which also features Derry Girls star Nicola Coughlan.

All of which has seen the impressive Page, who plays Duke of Hastings Simon Basset in Bridgerton, propelled into fourth favourite in the James Bond betting.

Next James Bond Betting Odds

ActorOdds
Tom Hardy6/4
James Norton7/4
Idris Elba7/2
Rege-Jean Page5/1
Sam Heughan6/1
Richard Madden6/1
Jack Lowden8/1
Cillian Murphy10/1

Having been as long as 40/1 with bookmakers last week, the 31-year-old is now as short as 5/1 as punters continue to lump on the newcomer, with Hardy (6/4), Norton (7/4) and Elba (7/2) still leading the way.

Indeed, interest in Page’s odds have been simmering since his tongue-in-cheek style tweet posted before Christmas in which he wrote: “Regency, royalty. Shaken and stirred” – a clear reference to one of Bond’s most famous lines.

When the market will finally be settled on who will be Daniel Craig’s successor as 007 is anyone’s guess and, likewise, it is not known what the future holds for the cinema industry on the back of the ongoing pandemic.

With film fans unable to attend cinemas the world over for much of last year, Cineworld – one of the world’s largest cinema chains – recently revealed a loss of £1.3billion in the first half of 2020 and the New Year has not offered much hope of a return to normality.

Spectre, the last Bond film which was released in 2015, earned £690m at worldwide box offices so expect that revised release date to be pushed back further should coronavirus continue to have a hold on the world by April.

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