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007: Could Matt Smith Be the Next James Bond?!

When franchises collide… Odds on Eleventh Doctor actor, Matt Smith, playing the next James Bond have recently been slashed, fuelling rumours that he’ll be the new 007 when the long-running film series reboots.

Bookmakers William Hill sliced his odds from 40-1 to 20-1 this last week, likely due to Smith’s surge in popularity after starring in a lead role of Daemon Targaryen in Game of Thrones spin-off, House of the Dragon.

Tony Kenny head of sponsorship PR at William Hill said:

“The recent success of House of Dragon was bound to shake up the Bond market, but Matt Smith seeing his odds half for the role is clearly a major shift – one that’s worth paying attention to given the keen fan backing.

“He’s of the right age to take on the role, and has proven he’s a diverse and talented actor – and he’s no stranger to taking on an iconic British character, either.”

Matt regularly played the Doctor between 2010 and 2013, before making a brief cameo appearance in the following year’s Deep Breath.

Meanwhile, Daniel Craig played the iconic MI6 agent, created y Ian Fleming, from 2006’s Casino Royale, up to 2021’s No Time to Die. The production team is reportedly still looking for his replacement, but is said to be going in a new direction with the franchise.

Interestingly, Matt isn’t the only person who appeared in The Eleventh Hour (2010) to be in the running for Bond: Tom Hopper, who played “Get A Girlfriend” Jeff in Doctor Who, was previously 3-1 favourite, but his odds have now fallen to 25-1.

Could you see Matt as the new James Bond? Would it be cool to see him as the face of another major franchise? Or do you think someone else is a better fit?

Philip Bates

Editor and co-founder of the Doctor Who Companion. When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. Writer of The Black Archive: The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang, The Silver Archive: The Stone Tape, and 100 Objects of Doctor Who.

007: Could Matt Smith Be the Next James Bond?!

by Philip Bates time to read: 1 min
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