Bookies have placed Aidan Turner as the new favourite to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond. 

Aidan Turner is the new favourite to play 007
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The 32-year-old actor, most famous for his role in “Poldark”, has now beaten rumoured competers Damian Lewis, Idris Elba, Henry Cavill and Tom Hiddleston for the top spot on the betting lists.

Whoever lands the role will also be working with an unconfirmed director as Sam Mendes confirms he will not return to work on 007. The “Skyfall” and “Spectre” director, two of the most successful Bond films ever made, confirmed the news last month at the Hay Festival. He said: “It was an incredible adventure, I loved every second of it but I think it’s time for somebody else. I’m a storyteller and at the end of the day, I want to make stories with new characters.”

Mendes also recently commented about the pending casting of Bond.

“There’s this constant debate about who’s going to be the next Bond.” he told The Telegraph. “The truth is – and here’s the headline: it’s not a democracy. It’s not the X Factor… it’s not a public vote. Barbara Broccoli chooses who’s going to be the next Bond: end of story.”

“Without her (Barbara Broccoli), there would be no Daniel Craig because public support for Daniel was zero,” he continued. “It was her saying, ‘That man over there is going to change the whole thing, I’m going to cast him’. That turned it on his head.”

Daniel Craig

“I can guarantee whatever happens with it, it will not be what you expect. That’s what she’s (Broccoli) been brilliant at, and that’s how it’ll survive. It’s not a public vote, and I think we’re in an age where everything is deemed vote-able on. Some things just aren’t and it’s better that way.”

Recently Tom Hiddleston seemed the public’s favourite potential for the next Bond but, speaking at Wizard World Comin Con, when quizzed about the role he appeared to put rumours to rest: “I’m sorry to disappoint you, everybody. I don’t think that announcement is coming. But I’m very gratified to hear the enthusiasm. There’s not much that I can say that I haven’t already said, but I know… Your guess is as good as mine to be honest.”  

We wonder who Broccoli will go for.

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