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The name’s NOT Bond: Daniel Craig ‘to quit as James Bond..

The game starts over who will be the next 007?

Daniel Craig has reportedly stepped down as James Bond, as a new US television series has meant he will be too busy to reprise the role.

According to The Sun, the 47-year-old will star in Purity, which will run for several series of 20 episodes apiece after playing the secret agent for a decade.

MailOnline has contacted a spokesperson for Daniel Craig for comment.

All over? Daniel Craig has reportedly stepped down as James Bond, as a new US television series has meant he will be too busy to reprise the role.

The 47-year-old is thought to have signed up for several seasons of the American show, an adaptation of Jonathan Franzen’s novel, which are expected to be around 20 episodes long.

So the bets are pouring in as die-hard fans await news of who will be unveiled as the next James Bond if Craig does decide to quit.

1 ) British actor Tom Hardy – star of The Revenant and Mad Max: Fury Road, is the frontrunner for the role, with Paddy Power offering odds of 6/5.

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At 7/4, Homeland star Damian Lewis is considered a strong candidate to play the suave superspy.

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Despite calls from fans for heart-throb Idris Elba to step into 007’s shoes, the actor is currently in third place with betting odds at 4/1.

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Runners up include Henry Cavill and Aidan Turner at 6/1 followed by War & Peace star James Norton at 12/1.

Jamie Dornan and Michael Fassbender are joint bottom of the league at 14/1.

Bookies are also offering outside odds on David Beckham (200/1), Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy (500/1) and Arsenal winger Danny Welbeck (500/1).

A spokesperson for Paddy Power said: “Rumours about Daniel Craig’s future have been lingering like a bad Bond villain in recent weeks and the betting on his replacement is really starting to hot up. Tom Hardy would be the obvious choice for 007 but I like Jamie Vardy – he’s a sharp shooter.”

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