We have suspended betting on Idris Elba to be the next James Bond.
A huge series of bets overnight on Thursday forced the bookie to stop taking bets on the next 007 – after producer Barbara Broccoli said “it is time” for a black actor to take the role.
His odds went in from 10/1 to 2/1 favourite yesterday, with the Luther star leapfrogging long-standing favourites James Norton and Tom Hardy (both 3/1).
This morning though we are no longer taking bets on the market.
Asked about Idris Elba pokesman Paddy Power said: “A hint from the James Bond producer, some weighty bets and the fact that Idris Elba is one of the coolest men on the planet has forced us to stop taking bets on him for the next James Bond.
“We’re now convinced that he’s going to take over from Daniel Craig following Bond 25. From Hackney with Love.”
JAMES BOND SPECIAL BETS
8/1 Idris Elba’s first Bond film to gross more at Box Office than Daniel Craig’s first 8/1
12/1 Idris Elba to be knighted by the end of 2020
16/1 Daniel Craig to make a cameo in Idris Elba’s first Bond film
33/1 Steve McQueen to direct Elba’s first Bond film