Hunt for the next James Bond hots up

Lucien Laviscount is set to trade-in the cobbles of Burnley and Coronation Street to mark 2023 by landing the most famous acting job in the world – as the new James Bond.

The 30-year-old charmer from Emily in Paris hails from the Lancashire town famous for mill engines, and the one-time Burnley Loom which transformed the cotton industry.

Betfred have Laviscount, who once played the swimming team captain at Weatherfield High in Coronation Street, as the big mover for the much-coveted 007 job that’s surely going to be announced sooner rather than later this new year.

He’s shot in at 12/1 from 100/1 at Betfred after some big bets in and around Lancashire, following reports he’s on the radar of franchise boss Barbara Broccoli who is actively hunting down a replacement for Daniel Craig.

The Betfred leaderboard on who will be given the next licence to kill by becoming the eighth 007, for the 28th blockbuster in 51 years since the master spy took on Dr No, has been fluctuating widely.

Current 2/1 favourite is Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who is most famous for the title role in Kick-Ass, followed by Superman actor Henry Cavill at 9/4 – while Bridgerton heart throb Rege-Jean Page is next up with Betfred at 3/1.

But it is Laviscount that’s making all the running according to Betfred spokesman Peter Spencer who said: “A Bond from Burnley, with love. Why not? He’s a handsome enough fella who used to be a child model – and his working class credentials will do him no harm at all.

There could be something in the water, for it’s a little-known fact that it was Burnley where acting royalty Ian McKellen, recently of Lords of the Rings fame amongst many other top roles, was born.”

Bet on the Next James Bond Market with Betfred here

Latest Odds as of Midday January 1, 2023:

2 Aaron Taylor-Johnson

9-4 Henry Cavill

3 Rege-Jean Page

9-2 James Norton

6 Dan Stevens

6 Tom Hardy

8 Richard Madden

8 Idris Elba

10 Aidan Turner

10 Jack Lowden

10 Luke Evans

12 Lucien Laviscount

20 Jamie Bell

20 Michael Fassbender

20 Tom Hopper

25 Sam Heughan

33 Cillian Murphy

33 Tom Hiddlestone

33 Jamie Dornan

50 Lashana Lynch

100 Andrew Lincoln

100 Jude Law

100 Jason Statham

100 Hugh Jackman

100 Ewan McGregor

100 Colin Salmon

100 Clive Owen

100 Benedict Cumberbatch

100 James McAvoy

100 Christian Bale

100 Richard Armitage

100 Damian Lewis

100 Tom Ellis

100 Jack Huston

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