The name’s Bond, James Bond, mah luv

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JERSEY-BORN actor Henry Cavill is now among the top-three favourites to become the next James Bond, according to a bookmakers.

William Hill has slashed the odds of the former St Michael’s pupil stepping into 007’s shoes to 4/1 after he was spotted with an Aston Martin DB5 – a car synonymous with the secret agent – in his latest drinks advert for No1 Botanicals.

The Islander now sits behind Tom Hardy and Rege-Jean Page in a list of top contenders for the role.

Speaking about Mr Cavill’s odds narrowing, William Hill’s Tony Kenny said: ‘Henry Cavill has been up there in the top-five Bond contenders since the market launched after No Time to Die, and to now be in the top three after a major market shift is significant.’

Mr Cavill has not ruled out putting himself forward for the role, telling The Times in an interview last year that ‘you don’t know which direction they want to take Bond in and so I like to say that everything’s always on the table’.

It is not the first time the Jerseyman has been linked with 007.

In 2006, Mr Cavill was in contention to portray Bond in Casino Royale but ultimately lost out to Daniel Craig. It is believed that the Jerseyman was thought to be too young for the part at the time.

Mr Cavill, who has already enjoyed silver-screen success as Superman, as well as featuring in films such as Mission Impossible and The Man From Uncle, also starred in the Netflix hit fantasy show The Witcher – in which his character, Geralt of Rivia, hunts monsters using superhuman agility, strength and reflexes.

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