Last year’s 60th-anniversary celebrations for the franchise came and went without any news on casting the next 007.
Nevertheless, rumours have been circling certain stars like Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who reportedly auditioned for Barbara Broccoli.
Ever since then, the 32-year-old has been the bookies’ favourite to be cast as the seventh official Bond.
However, a huge shake-up has seen him knocked off the top spot by a rising star who has suddenly just entered the bookies’ race.
According to Ladbrokes, Paapa Essiedu is now 2-1 to be cast as the next James Bond.
The 32-year-old BAFTA TV nominee is known for Gangs of London and I May Destroy You and is set to star in Black Mirror season 6 this summer.
He also had small film roles in Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express and A24’s folk horror Men.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: « The name could well be Eddiedu… Paapa Essiedu, if the latest odds are anything to go by. It’s by far the biggest Bond betting move of the year. »
Taylor-Johnson is now on 3-1 alongside Happy Valley’s James Norton. Behind them are Henry Cavill on 4-1, Tom Hardy on 7-1, Regé-Jean Page on 9-1 and Richard Madden on 10-1.