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Bookmaker Coral say Granchester actor James Norton is odds-on favourite to take charge of the franchise next.

The firm have given the 32-year-old English actor odds of 1-2 to land the iconic James Bond movies role.

This is despite the fact that Norton claims he hasn't been approached to play 007.

John Hill, a spokesperson for Coral, said: "James Norton’s stock as an actor is increasing all the time and we feel it won’t be long before he is approached to replace Daniel Craig as the next 007."

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“James Norton’s stock as an actor is increasing all the time and we feel it won’t be long before he is approached to replace Daniel Craig as the next 007”

Coral spokesperson

Norton is followed by Tom Hardy at 7-2 to replace Daniel Craig.

After this is The American Hustle's Jack Huston (4-1), Polkdark Aidan Turner (12-1), Tom Hiddleston (14-1) and Idris Elba (16-1).

Coral has also given odds of 5-1 that Bond will next be played by a female actress.

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The news comes after a James Bond producer said she "wouldn't hesitate" to break condition to have a female or black actor play Bond.

Babara Broccoli said: "These films tend to reflect the times, so we always try to push the envelope a little bit."

The producer continued telling Daily Mail: "Anything is possible. Right now it's Daniel Craig, and I'm very happy with Daniel Craig, but who knows what the future will bring."

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Craig, 49, had ruled out returning to the Bond franchise after Spectre.

However, he has agreed to reprise the role for Bond 25.

Speculation is still rife over who his successor will be though.

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