If there’s one thing that Europe has figured out better than North America, it’s the ability to make wagers on literally anything.
According to The Guardian, the U.K.-based sportsbook and online casino Coral had to suspend their futures bets on which actor would be next in line to play the iconic role of James Bond. A flurry of action on one man in particular caused such a fluctuation in the odds that they stopped taking bets altogether.
“There’s no smoke without fire, and following the big gamble on Tom Hiddleston in the last 24 hours, we’ve had no choice but to pull the plug on the market,” said Coral spokesperson Nicola McGeady.
That’s right, the man who played Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe could be donning the world’s most famous tuxedo.
“Earlier in the year there was a gamble on Idris Elba and Damian Lewis, but nothing has come close to the recent gamble on Hiddleston,” added McGeady.
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Elba was priced at 9-1 and Lewis at 14-1 before Coral suspended betting. Poldark star Aidan Turner had 3-1 odds while Mad Max: Fury Road actor Tom Hardy was at 4-1.
Bond producers have made no comment on whether Daniel Craig will continue after four films, and Craig denied reports in January he had quit the role.
Hiddleston, who played spy Jonathan Pine in The Night Manager, played down speculation, recently telling the Graham Norton Show: “The position isn’t vacant as far as I’m aware. No one has talked to me about it.
“I think the rumours have come about because in The Night Manager I play a spy and people have made the link.”
Of course, this doesn’t make anything official. Daniel Craig hasn’t officially vacated the role, and could still return. A few months ago, it seemed certain that Idris Elba would become the first black actor to play the role. With this latest development though, it sounds like all bets are off. As for Hiddleston, we think he looks the part.