Hiddleston, Tom Hiddleston is Open to Being the Next JAMES BOND
Tom Hiddleston has garnered frequent and deserved praise for his portrayal of Loki, the god of mischief and Thor’s troubled step-brother in Marvel Studios’ Thor franchise, and the English thespian has revealed he’d be open to becoming the next James Bond. Daniel Craig – who most recently portrayed the iconic super spy across four films since 2006’s Casino Royale – has all but vacated the role since the release of Spectre this past November, with more recent comments seemingly suggesting an end to Craig’s tenure as 007.
With Craig’s status in the role unclear, bookies list Damian Lewis (Homeland) as the favorite replacement for the highly coveted role, ahead of Tom Hardy (The Revenant), Idris Elba (Luther), Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Apocalypse), Aidan Turner (The Hobbit) and Henry Cavill (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice). Hiddleston, however, has been named as an ideal candidate by online commentators, prompting The Sunday Times to inquire about the actor’s interest in having his martinis shaken, not stirred.
“I simply love the theme tune, the tropes and the mythology. I love the whole thing,” answered Hiddleston. “If it ever came knocking, it would be an extraordinary opportunity. And I’m very aware of the physicality of the job. I would not take it lightly.” Hiddleston, who stars in The Night Manager – a television adaptation of John le Carré‘s hit spy novels – has furthered the actor’s chances, with British bookmakers William Hill upping his odds to 10 to 1.
“I have the right to change my mind any time I want to, and sometimes I say things like I did two days after finishing shooting for eight months. I said what was on my mind. That’s the way I’ve always spoken,” said Craig in October 2015. As for his inevitable replacement? “I don’t go on the internet. I don’t listen to gossip and I don’t really care. This is my job and all I am thinking of.”
The Night Manager is currently airing in the U.K., ahead of its U.S. debut on AMC on April 19th.