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Odds slashed on Clive Owen for Bond



Story by: Jack Foley

CLIVE Owen has seen his odds cut dramatically to play James Bond since winning a Golden Globe for best supporting actor in Closer.

Bookmakers Ladbrokes and William Hill both believe his awards success could place him back in the running for the 007 role - although he is still not the favourite.

That honour is currently with Australian star, Hugh Jackman, who is 2/1 to play the world's most popular secret agent.

"He certainly appears to be the punters choice but we've seen more twists than the average Bond movie," confirmed a Ladbrokes spokesman as the betting intensified.

The X-Men star is certainly keen to take on the role and has even been campaigning to do so, having long been a fan of the franchise.

If successful, he would become the second Australian to play the character, following George Lazenby in On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

Also in the running, however, are joint second favourites, Ewan McGregor and Colin Farrell - although the latter has been quoted as saying he wouldn't be interested in the role.

William Hill went on to admit, however, that if Owen triumphed in the best supporting actor category at the Oscars next month 'he will be our arch enemy'.

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