James Bond Odds: Regé-Jean Page finds himself off the hook again because another Netflix star is 007’s latest favorite


Theoretically, if fans and bettors threw James Bond yesterday, one would assume that Bridgerton and The gray man Star Regé-Jean Page would be the newly crowned 007. This is a guess based simply on the ranking that Page has shown in the still ongoing race to who the future Bond will be. At least that was before we learned that Netflix star Tom Hopper had dethroned his platform colleague as the new frontrunner to become the next James Bond.

Tom Hopper, known as one of the stars of the Netflix series The Umbrella Academy, certainly crossed the pack. According to the latest statistics from Complete betting portal US-Bookies, Hopper was previously scored as a 100/1 shot to succeed Daniel Craig’s record-breaking run. What a difference a few weeks make, like the first post-No time to die the update sees Hopper sitting pretty at a 7/2, leaving the rest of the pack looking like this:

  • Tom Hopper – 7/2
  • Richard Madden – 4/1
  • Tom Hardy – 9/2
  • Régé-Jean Page – 11/2
  • Mahershala Ali – 12/1
  • James Norton – 14/1
  • Henry Cavill / Lashana Lynch – 16/1
  • Idris Elbe – 18/1
  • Sam Heughan – 20/1

If you’ve ever needed an indicator of James Bond betting odds volatility, this latest upset is all you need to see. And it’s not just a rehearsal of when Régé-Jean Page was overthrown in second place by Tom Hardy. No, Page fell three spots in the 007 Top 10 Candidates list, behind his favorite competitors Hardy and Eternals starring Richard Madden. So why do we see Tom Hopper become such a powerful player so quickly?

Tom Hopper smiles in a '60s Texas store at The Umbrella Academy.

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Why Tom Hopper’s James Bond Ratings Might Have Improved

The new trailer for Sony Pictures’ Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City might have something to do with this new development. The first sequence of director Johannes Roberts’ cinematic reboot of the legendary Capcom video game features Tom Hopper as Albert Wesker, the leader of a commando team investigating a zombie apocalypse. This look may have bolstered Hopper’s James Bond profile beyond his strong fan base of The Umbrella Academy, which is expected to return for Season 3 at some point in 2022. It will be interesting to see if that momentum continues after Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City hits theaters in November.

Lashana Lynch in No Time To Die and Henry Cavill in The Man From UNCLE, pictured side by side

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What happened to Henry Cavill, Lashana Lynch, and other favorites from the past?

Our previous James Bond odds round saw favorites Henry Cavill and Idris Elba in the 7/1 and 8/1 standings, respectively. And just before fans saw any hope that Lashana Lynch’s Nomi would have his own spin-off, the No time to die the star saw herself standing at odds of 10/1. All three candidates saw their odds diminish this round, with Cavill and Lynch sharing a 16/1 odds, and Elba dropping to 18/1.

A strange coincidence is forming with Tom Hopper’s James Bond chances of receiving a boost at the top of the leaderboard. Previous fan favorite Sam Heughan recently co-starred with Hopper in SAS: Red notice, which has been renamed SAS: Rise of the Black Swan in its recent version on Netfilx. Fans of Heughan’s chances will be saddened to see this the Foreigner the star’s chances fell from its previous ranking of 16/1 to a current 20/1.

Besides the ranking discussed above, the only real commentary on the above odds ranking is that, barring the good fortune of Tom Hopper, the field seems pretty locked in. As James Norton and Mahershala Ali maintained their presence in the peloton, everyone else. In numbers alone, it still seems like we have limited scope for the next James Bond.

It is only by the numbers though, for there are still no official movement on what the future of the 007 franchise has in store for us. We’ll just have to keep looking at the odds to see what the betting public has to say about the upcoming James Bond, and keep an eye out if anything changes. And, of course, there is always the prospect of seeing No time to die, for the first or fifth time, at a cinema near you.

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