Damian Lewis a front-runner for James Bond role: Report

Former Homeland star Damian Lewis is now among the front-runners to become the next James Bond, The Hollywood Reporter said Tuesday.

The report said that British bookmaker William Hill raised Lewis' odds of taking the mantle of the fictional MI-6 spy from 25/1 to 3/1, just behind Idris Elba's odds of 5/2.

"This is an unprecedented gamble, as for no apparent reason we have seen bets of up to £200 [$312] on Damian Lewis being named as the next Bond. This could well be significant and might herald the end of Daniel Craig as the world's most famous spy," a William Hill spokesperson told the publication.

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Craig has been playing Bond since 2006. His fourth movie as the character, titled "Spectre," will be released in November.

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CORRECTION: This story was updated reflect that Daniel Craig will have played the James Bond character in four movies, including "Spectre."