SCOTTISH actor Richard Madden is the new frontrunner to be the next James Bond.

The Bodyguard star has been made the bookies’ favourite to replace Daniel Craig in the leading role.

Madden shot to prominence with his portrayal of Robb Stark in worldwide phenomenon Game of Thrones.

He later starred in hit BBC drama Bodyguard, in which he played all-action policeman David Budd.

His latest film role sees him team up with Game of Thrones actor Kit Harrington, aka Jon Snow, and Angelina Jolie in Marvel production Eternals.

The blockbuster’s premiere this week appears to have sparked speculation that Madden could be set to be named the new 007.

The Scot, from Elderslie in Renfrewshire, has been made the 9-4 favourite with Coral, above Tom Hardy on 3-1.

Bridgerton's Rege-Jean Page (below) is third in line at 4-1, and Superman actor Henry Cavill has been given 10-1 odds.

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Next on the list is Lashana Lynch, who featured in the latest Bond film, No Time To Die, as an MI6 agent.

Coral's Harry Aitkenhead said: "We have seen a number of people top the betting for the next 007 after Daniel Craig and Richard Madden is the latest to become the favourite.

“We now think that the Bodyguard star is going to be the one to step into the most famous role in British film."

Craig is bowing out after 15 years as 007.

Madden would become the second Scot to take up the prestigious role following Sean Connery.

Others countrymen reportedly in the running include Outlander star Sam Heughan.

Line of Duty and Vigil actor Martin Compston has also been given an outside chance by bookmakers of landing the role.