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
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."