Actor Clive Owen has become favourite to replace Pierce Brosnan as James Bond following his OSCAR nomination on Tuesday (25JAN05).

British bookmakers WILLIAM HILL have stopped taking bets on who will be the next 007, because customers have staked so much money on Owen following the announcement he's up for the Best Supporting Actor ACADEMY AWARD for his role in CLOSER.

The odds on Owen getting to grips with the suave superspy have been slashed from 4/1 to 5/2, with Hugh Jackman and EWAN McGREGOR second favourites with odds of 4/1.

A spokesperson for William Hill says, "Owen's nomination sparked a betting frenzy from James Bond fans. They feel his heightened global recognition will have done his chances of being the next Bond a world of good."

27/01/2005 14:23