James Norton is now favourite to be next Bond

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James Norton has overtaken Aidan Turner and Tom Hiddleston to become the bookies favourite to play the next James Bond.

According to Paddy Power, the Happy Valley star is now 1/3 to land the role. See the full list of contenders below:

1/3 James Norton
7/4 Aidan Turner
9/2 Tom Hiddleston
10/1 Idris Elba
11/1 Damian Lewis
12/1 Jamie Bell
12/1 Tom Hardy
25/1 Michael Fassbender
50/1 Gillian Anderson

Norton has gone from being 33/1 six weeks ago to now the frontrunner. So it seems someone may have some top secret information.

‘We’ve barely had any bets on Norton to be the next Bond,’ said a Paddy Power spokesperson, ‘we thought the first this morning was like a hopeful roulette spin in Casino Royale.’

‘However, after a sudden sequence of follow-up punts, we’re starting to suspect that we’re dealing with a Dr. In The Know – so the odds have Skyfall-en.’

One thing seems for sure and that’s that Daniel Craig won’t be returning as 007 after reportedly turning down £68million. And with Norton now the favourite, we may soon see his name officially attached to the role.

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