LADBROKES took the drastic action after taking six bets of up to $900 (GBP500) in the space of an hour, scaring bosses into closing the books on the bet entirely.
A Ladbrokes spokesman says, "In the last 24 hours we have had a number of inquiries about Colin Salmon being the next Bond. We have been forced to close the book for the time being.
"In a one-hour period on Tuesday (30NOV04) afternoon we took six bets of up to GBP500 each which are huge sums for what is really a novelty wager.
"Three people opened new accounts with us to place the bets. The usual wagers on this type of thing are GBP10 and GBP20."02/12/2004 13:51