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Two major betting firms shortened their odds on a female James Bond - with Gillian Anderson the favourite among the bookmakers.
Two major betting firms shortened their odds on a female James Bond - with Gillian Anderson the favourite among the bookmakers. PHOTO: FOX CRIME

LONDON (Reuters) - With a woman - Jodie Whittaker - set to take on the role of sci-fi TV character Dr Who for the first time in 54 years, British betting companies on Monday cut the odds on a female taking up another iconic fictional role - James Bond.

Two major betting firms shortened their odds on a female James Bond - with Gillian Anderson, best known for her role in The X-Files, the favourite among the bookmakers.

Said a Paddy Power spokesman: "We've certainly been shaken and stirred by the news and have already significantly cut the odds on X-Files star Gillian Anderson to be 007."

To date, there have been seven actors playing Bond in 26 films dating back to 1962.

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Daniel Craig has reportedly agreed to return for another movie.

"It would certainly shake and stir things up if James Bond became Jane Bond; however, at this stage, it remains an outside chance," said a Ladbrokes spokesman.