Get Your Bets on for the next Doctor and James Bond

Betting on television and the movies can often be an interesting experience. Over 40 years ago, we were all placing wagers on who shot JR. Now we can bet on reality TV shows aplenty but let’s look at who may be the next James Bond and Doctor Who.

Finally, the new James Bond movie has been released. ‘No Time to Die’ is the final Bond film to star Daniel Craig as 007, so who will replace him? There won’t be a decision until next year but the speculation and betting odds have been going on for a fair while.

The current favourite is Tom Hardy who is 5/2 at William Hill. There’s been rumours that he has already had a try-out for the part. The man himself says that the old saying is that if you talk about getting a part, then you won’t get it. He looks a worthy favourite to take over from Daniel Craig.

Hardy isn’t the overwhelming choice of bookmakers. Some, such as Unibet have Rege-Jean-Page as their 7/4 favourite. The Briggerton star says he’s flattered at being mentioned as the next Bond. Traditionalists will of course say that Bond’s creator Ian Fleming wouldn’t approve of such a casting. When asked to describe how Bond looked, he didn’t look like Page or Idris Elba.

Nor did he create Bond as a woman. Lashana Lynch is in the new movie and available at 6/1 at Betfair to be the next Bond. The current producers have said that a female won’t be cast in the role, so don’t waste your money on her or Emilia Clarke who is 66/1 at SkyBet.

One role that did see a change of sex is that of The Doctor. Jodie Whittaker is the current incumbent of the role but the good news is she’s leaving. Too many woke stories and face pulling have put fans off and ratings are falling.

Russell T. Davies is going to return as the showrunner after one more dismal series with Chris Chibnall in charge. His appointment has strengthened the chances of the far-too-young Olly Alexander being the next Doctor. He worked with Davies on ‘It’s A Sin’ and that could lead to him getting the role. After all, Whittaker only got the part because she’d worked with Chibnall in the past. Alexander is 2/1 at Paddy Power, perhaps he’ll turn it into ‘Doctor Who: The Musical.’

Second favourite is Kris Marshall and you can get 11/2 on him at Betfair. His name always comes up when a new Doctor is needed. The BBC love him and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he was appointed. Far better him than Lenny Henry who is 6/1 at Paddy Power!

Will it be another female Doctor? Michaela Coel is 8/1 at Paddy Power. The same bookies offer 16/1 on Tilda Swinton and 200/1 on Katie Price. The regenerations would save money on plastic surgery wouldn’t they?