British bookmakers have suspended betting on the next 007 after a flurry of recent bets were placed on Tom Hiddleston.
The Night Manager star has become the 2-1 favorite to succeed Daniel Crag as James Bond in recent days, and a particularly large gamble on the actor prompted bookmakers at Coral to halt betting.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s no smoke without fire, and following the big gamble on Tom Hiddleston in the last 24 hours, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve had no choice but to pull the plug on the market,Ã¢â‚¬Â a Coral spokesperson said Sunday, according to the Guardian. Ã¢â‚¬Å“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.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Another bookmaker, BoyleSports, also announced Sunday that it had suspended Bond betting following a surge of support for Hiddleston.
The actor said in March that playing Bond would be an Ã¢â‚¬Å“extraordinary opportunityÃ¢â‚¬Â and he Ã¢â‚¬Å“would not take it lightly,Ã¢â‚¬Â but earlier this month added that the talk about him taking on the role is just speculation.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“No oneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s talked to me at all,Ã¢â‚¬Â Hiddleston said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I think itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s come about because in The Night Manager I play a spy, and we all know that in the iconography of British culture there is a spy that we all know, and his name is James Bond. So people have made the link.Ã¢â‚¬Â
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