Monster Bet Slashes Odds on Sam Riley for Next James Bond

Sam Riley is next James Bond, says William Hill punter

Sam Riley, the next James Bond? William Hill is concerned this might indeed be the case after it accepted a massive bet on the proposition. (Image: imdb.com)

Hill, William Hill, has announced that it was left shaken and actually quite stirred also after a customer attempted to place an enormous bet on relatively-lesser known British actor Sam Riley to replace Daniel Craig as the next James Bond.

Fearing insider information, Hills immediately slashed the odds on the raven-haired thesp, who made his name portraying punk/new wave rock legends such Joy Division’s Ian Curtis and The Fall’s Mark E. Smith in British indie movies.   

Hills declined to say how much the bet was for, but did reveal that it would only accept three quarters of the stake the customer asked for, before the odds on Riley plummeted from 50/1 to 12/1.   

Damien Lewis and Tom Hardy remain the “most likely to”, however, according to Hill’s tireless odds-setters, at 5/2 a-piece. Meanwhile, those of you who like the idea of the first black 007 can have a flutter on Idris Elba, at 9/2, or for an outside chance, David Oyelowo, also at 12/1.      

The smart money, of course, is on Robbie Savage, who, we hear, is a shoo-in. Odds of 250-1, but shhh… don’t tell William Hill. Defying odds is what Bond’s all about.

Mecca Bingo to Be Sold

In other news, ladies of a certain age got their bingo wings in a flap over the news that Coral will sell all its Mecca Bingo clubs, ahead of its forthcoming merger with Ladbrokes.

The marriage of Ladbrokes and Coral, two of Britain’s largest betting businesses, will create a bookmaking superpower, a group with almost 4,000 high street betting shops across the UK, dwarfing current market leader, William Hill, which has around 2,400 shops.

Land-based bingo, however, is not on the cards.

But don’t worry, ladies, Mecca Bingo, which represents around 38 percent of the land-based UK market, is to be purchased for £241 million by a company called Caledonia, backed by the Cayzer shipping dynasty.

Bingo Revival

Caledonia said it was buying Mecca because of its steady cash flow and long-term popularity, which has been revitalized by the craze for online bingo.

“Gala Bingo is well known to Caledonia’s unquoted investments team,” said Duncan Johnson, Caledonia’s head of unquoted investments. “Its defensive, enduring business model, which delivers strong cash generation and dividend yield, fits ideally with the investment criteria sought by Caledonia.”

The good news is that Caledonia will retain the existing management team and doesn’t plan on closing any of the Mecca clubs, which have enjoyed such a resurgence of popularity over the last few years.

Foot traffic at land-based bingo clubs plummeted in the noughties, but over the last couple of years Mecca has reported people queuing around the block, literally filling the house, to get their fix of bingo action.

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