Happy Valley’s James Norton sees his James Bond odds cut after Tommy Lee Royce’s escape


Happy Valley’s James Norton has seen his odds cut to take over Daniel Craig‘s role as James Bond after Sunday night’s gripping show. 

Viewers said the fourth installment of series three had all the makings of a 007 audition after evil villain Tommy Lee Royce made his daring escape from Leeds court

Fans of the show were left swooning by the shirtless prison scenes, a dramatic fight which saw the psychopath punch two security officers, flee on foot and then re-emerge in skin-tight lycra as a cyclist. 

Gripping: Happy Valley’s James Norton has seen his odds cut to take over Daniel Craig’s role as James Bond after Sunday night’s gripping show

After the nail-biting show, bookies have now slashed the odds on James, 37, becoming the next Bond. 

Craig bowed out of his role as the secret agent after the blockbuster hit No Time To Die and speculation has been rife about who is next in line.  

James was 7/1 but is now 6/1 – joint-third favourite with Bridgerton’s Rege-Jean Page, according to Ladbrokes. Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Superman Henry Cavill are joint favourites at 2/1.

Viewers took to Twitter in their droves to comment on how the scenes left them convinced James would be Craig’s perfect replacement. 

'It was like a Bond audition!': Viewers said the fourth installment of series three had all the makings of a 007 audition after Tommy Lee Royce made his daring escape from Leeds court

‘It was like a Bond audition!’: Viewers said the fourth installment of series three had all the makings of a 007 audition after Tommy Lee Royce made his daring escape from Leeds court

Knock-out: Fans of the show were left swooning by the shirtless prison scenes, a dramatic fight which saw the psychopath punch two security officers

Knock-out: Fans of the show were left swooning by the shirtless prison scenes, a dramatic fight which saw the psychopath punch two security officers

Escape: Tommy then jumped out of the dock and bolt out of the courtroom doors while a staged fight happened outside

Escape: Tommy then jumped out of the dock and bolt out of the courtroom doors while a staged fight happened outside

Gripping scenes: TV's baddest villain pretended to be police as he vaulted over security gates and ran to nearby newsagents to put on his disguise

Gripping scenes: TV’s baddest villain pretended to be police as he vaulted over security gates and ran to nearby newsagents to put on his disguise  

JAMES BOND BOOKIES ODDS  

Aaron Taylor Johnson 2/1

Henry Cavill 2/1

James Norton  6/1

Rege-Jean Page  6/1

‘I’m not easily impressed but can see him as James Bond. Was perfectly suave in Mcmafia so could fit the role well,’ one wrote.

‘Last night’s Happy Valley was brilliant. Best programme on tv right now. James Norton manages to be both terrifying and charming as the villain. Superb acting,’ wrote another fan. 

While a different viewer typed: ‘Thank you BBC for James Norton in Lycra.’

‘Think James Norton was auditioning for James Bond last night with his exciting escape and he looked every inch the movie star after his haircut wouldn’t have known he was in prison lol,’ chimed another viewer. 

 ‘@jginorton deserves to be offered the role of #jamesbond #HappyValley’, a different fan added. 

‘Mesmerising. Just staggeringly wonderful, captivating and awe inspiring. Impossible to be anything better. And I sincerely hope you’re going to be next Bond…. If you want to, that is,’ another said. 

Heartthrob: Earlier in the episode, Tommy had somewhat of a transformation for his court appearance - and viewers' hearts were racing by the shirtless scenes

Heartthrob: Earlier in the episode, Tommy had somewhat of a transformation for his court appearance – and viewers’ hearts were racing by the shirtless scenes 

Woah: The villain had certainly been working out in jail as he admired his ripped physique in the mirror

Woah: The villain had certainly been working out in jail as he admired his ripped physique in the mirror 

Impressed: "I’m not easily impressed but can see him as James Bond. Was perfectly suave in Mcmafia so could fit the role well," one wrote

Impressed: “I’m not easily impressed but can see him as James Bond. Was perfectly suave in Mcmafia so could fit the role well,” one wrote

Inking: Tommy even had a tattoo to rival David Beckham's, with his son's name Ryan emblazoned on the back of his neck

Similarity: David Beckham's tattoos

Inking: Tommy even had a tattoo to rival David Beckham’s (pictured right) , with his son’s name Ryan emblazoned on the back of his neck 

The next 007? Viewers took to Twitter in their droves to comment on how the scenes left them convinced James would be Craig's perfect replacement

The next 007? Viewers took to Twitter in their droves to comment on how the scenes left them convinced James would be Craig’s perfect replacement

The last five minutes of the latest episode of the hit BBC drama saw major developments in the two storylines, as Rob Hepworth discovered his wife Joanna’s body, and Tommy made his great escape.

One fan declared that the show ‘makes it impossible to get an early night’ as the episode ended with yet another cliffhanger and the prospect of a final showdown between Catherine Cawood and Royce.

Meanwhile the series’ other major story strand played out as Joanna’s disappearance raised suspicions.

Time for the next 007: Craig bowed out of his role as the secret agent after the blockbuster hit No Time To Die and speculation has been rife about who is next in line

Time for the next 007: Craig bowed out of his role as the secret agent after the blockbuster hit No Time To Die and speculation has been rife about who is next in line

The new 007? Aaron Taylor-Johnson 'has already filmed iconic gun barrel teaser footage' for producers amid rumours he's tipped to be the next James Bond

Favourite: Henry Cavill is also among bookies favourites

Favourites: Aaron Taylor-Johnson (L) and Superman Henry Cavill (R) are joint favourites at 2/1

Third: James was 7/1 but is now 6/1 - joint-third favourite with Bridgerton's Rege-Jean Page

Third: James was 7/1 but is now 6/1 – joint-third favourite with Bridgerton’s Rege-Jean Page

Episode three saw Faisal Bhatti (Amit Shah) murder Joanna in a fit of rage after their plan to kill Rob unravelled. 

Despite her husband Rob insisting it was in her character to disappear, Joanna’s concerned parents were seen arriving at the police station to file a missing person report with Sgt Cawood.

After being questioned at home, Rob noticed a suitcase in the garage and opened it to the horrifying scene of his wife’s body crammed inside. 

Viewers hailed the show’s writer Sally Wainwright for her skill in bringing two storylines to a head in a matter of minutes.

‘To build that amount of tension in an episode takes skill, but to build that amount of tension on 2 separate story strands within an episode, is writing & direction of the highest order. #HappyValley,’ declared one fan.

Another pointed out that ‘Happy Valley makes it impossible to get an early night on a Sunday. Every episode leaves you with a heart rate of about 200 BPM.’

‘Jesus christ. Didn’t breathe for about ten minutes,’ agreed another. 

Other pointed out that once again Cawood’s hunch that Tommy was planning something during his court hearing proved to be right, as they begged her colleagues and family to ‘always listen to Catherine when she’s got a hunch.’

Tommy’s escape signals that a final showdown between him and Cawood is building, but with it being the final series some viewers are beginning to worry that Sarah Lancashire’s lead won’t make it to retirement.

‘If bad things happen to Catherine at the end of this series I’m not sure I will be able to forgive Sally Wainwright and co.’ tweeted author JoJo Moyes.

Happy Valley continues on BBC One on Sunday at 9pm. 

Interesting: The final series of Happy Valley reached a crescendo during episode four on Sunday night. It continues on BBC One on Sunday at 9pm

Interesting: The final series of Happy Valley reached a crescendo during episode four on Sunday night. It continues on BBC One on Sunday at 9pm



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