Daniel Craig’s reign as James Bond came to a close with “No Time to Die” in 2021 (along with a fiery end that leaves the future of the series entirely up in the air). But while the end for Bond in this movie seems a bit final, we definitely know 007’s story isn’t over. As always, when the franchise returns, a new Bond will be at the helm. “No Time to Die” producer Barbara Broccoli told Variety in April that “it’s going to take some time” to figure out who should be cast in this iconic role. “It’s a big decision,” she said. “It’s not just casting a role. It’s about a whole rethink about where we’re going.”
Thus far, a lot of names have been thrown around to possibly step into the role, with some being more rooted for than others among fans. The debate among fans about who should replace Craig as Bond is so serious, in fact, that people place actual bets on gambling websites that their prediction will become a reality. The odds are constantly changing, of course.
Though plenty of people have been rumored to be the next Bond, we whittled the list down to the ones who seem like the most serious contenders.