Following the news that Sam Mendes will not return to direct Bond 24, there has been widespread speculation about who could direct next.
Ritchie, who most recently directed Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, was named the 4/1 favourite by William Hill.
Casino Royale director Martin Campbell, who also directed Pierce Brosnan's first Bond outing GoldenEye, was the second favourite with 9/1, while Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg were next in line with 9/1 and 10/1 odds respectively.
Ritchie has expressed interest in directing a third instalment in his Sherlock Holmes series, which stars Robert Downey Jr as the detective, but nothing has yet been confirmed.
The top ten contenders were listed as follows:
4/1 Guy Ritchie, 6/1 Martin Campbell, 9/1 Martin Scorsese, 10/1 Steven Spielberg, 20/1 Ang Lee, 25/1 Ridley Scott, 25/1 James Cameron, 33/1 Clint Eastwood, 33/1 Quentin Tarantino, 50/1 Tim Burton
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