The Wire star would be the first black actor to play the role.
Since Daniel Craig has officially decided to vacate the role of James Bond, many names have been bandied around as the search for his replacement gathers pace.
One name that has been almost universally praised however is Idris Elba. The star of hit shows such as The Wire and Luther seems a natural fit for the role and his name has been in the betting for a while now.
But reports overnight have suggested that producers have been ‘leaning towards’ the 45-year-old, who would become the first black actor to play 007 in the 56-year history of the film franchise.
Esquire magazine has been trending since the report, and odds for Elba to be confirmed as the eighth Bond have been slashed by some bookies in the wake of it.
Available at 8/1 yesterday morning, some bookies have dropped their price all the way to 2/1, making Elba the outright favourite, ahead of the likes of Tom Hardy (3/1 best price) and James Norton (7/2 best price).
You can still however get a best price of 9/2, but don’t expect this price to last for long, as this story gathers pace.
Oddschecker Spokesman George Elek: “Idris Elba has been touted as a potential candidate to take the Bond mantle for a while now, especially on the internet. Esquire’s report has seen some bookies be quick in cutting his odds, putting him as the 2/1 favourite to take over from Daniel Craig.”