Ladbrokes stops betting on James Bond 007 - Saturday 12th of March 2005

UK-based Ladbrokes, one of largest bookmakers in the world, has announced that it has stopped taking bets on who will be the next James Bond.

Ladbrokes explained that they had halted the activity because of numerous suspicious bets. According toFeeds.bignewsnetwork.com, there was suspicion of a possible scam when the company took in six bets of as much as $940 each in less than one hour that Colin Salmon would be the first black 007. That changed the odds from 20-1 to 6-1.

Colin, 42, has played some important roles in the last three Bond films. He has also stood in for outgoing 007 Pierce Brosnan when women were being auditioned.

Betting on the next James Bond turned out to be one of the most popular options for many bookies. Some of them included many unusual celebrities to star in this adventure movie. Online operator Intertops.com had Robbie Williams as a major favourite to grab the James Bond avatar, competing with David Beckham, Ben Affleck, Tom Cruise, George Clooney and some other candidates.

The story took yet another twist with rumors of negotiations by Eric Bana with MGM to produce James Bond films. However, Bana, ho was expected to replace Pierce Brosnan as James Bond in the next series about agent 007, claimed that the reports were not true.

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