04/06/2016 14:52 BST | Updated 05/06/2017 06:12 BST

Poldark Actor Aidan Turner Hotly Tipped To Be Next James Bond

Poldark star Aidan Turner is now the hot favourite to be announced as the next James Bond.

Fans are predicting the 32-year-old could soon leave behind Cornwall's tin mines for the slick world of international espionage as they put their money on him to replace Daniel Craig.

Ladbrokes are reporting that Turner is now front-runner to be cast as 007, with odds at 1-2 after a big weekend of betting.

The Night Manager star Tom Hiddleston trails behind in second with odds of 2-1, with Tom Hardy, Idris Elba, Henry Cavill and Damian Lewis making up the rest of the list.

Ladbrokes spokesman Jessica Bridge said: "Money talks, and it's the Poldark man that punters want as their next Bond.

"Turner's been shaking and stirring the betting for the last week and it's not a huge surprise to see he's been backed into odds-on."

The Irishman is no stranger to big franchises, having starred as dwarf Kili in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy.

Skyfall and Spectre director Sam Mendes has warned, however, that the choice of lead actor was "not a public vote".

Speaking at the Hay Festival, he said: "I can guarantee whatever happens with it, it will not be what you expect.

"That's what she (producer Barbara Broccoli) has been brilliant at, and that's how it'll survive."