Tom Hiddleston Would 'Love' To Play James Bond, But Not Everyone Thinks He Is A Good Fit

Mohit Priyadarshi

Tom Hiddleston is not known for being subtle.

The British actor, who is making young women drool over him in The Night Manager, the six-part adaptation of John Le Carre's spy thriller, has expressed his desire to play the iconic spy character in no unambiguous terms. Although Tom Hardy and Idris Elba are tipped by bookmakers to be the next bond after Daniel Craig, Hiddleston almost threw his own name in the hat when he confessed to being a huge fan of the Bond series in an interview with The Sunday Times.

"I simply love the theme tune, the tropes and the mythology. I love the whole thing," he said, before adding that he watched Spectre as soon as it was released. "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."

After his much-publicized confession, Tom Hiddleston's odds of playing James Bond have been heavily slashed by bookmakers, with people saying that the British actor could emerge as the more likely replacement for Craig in the coming weeks.

A William Hill representative, speaking to The Hollywood Reporter,expressed his certainty at the fact that James Bond producers would definitely be keeping close tabs on Tom Hiddleston.

"There are some very Bond-ish elements to The Night Manager, and the producers of the next 007 movie will surely be keeping an eye on Hiddleston's performance in case Daniel Craig decides to step down,"

Writing in The Guardian, Ben Child said that Tom Hiddleston has a kind of old-world charm, which could help him essay the Bond character.

"There's no doubt Hiddleston could pull it off: his new TV role shows off a surprising physicality, and the former Eton schoolboy has always been a hit with a certain kind of Norse deity-fancying filmgoer. He's the right age, and we've already had a pretty good look at how he'd essay the role in those rather wonderful Jaguar adverts."

Shane Watson, writing in The Telegraph, said that the British actor definitely lacks the physicality needed to play Bond.

"But [Tom Hiddleston's] just too nice and soft. He has that bashful little boy smile which makes him look sweeter than Roper's son when the two of them are off buying ice creams. And he may be fit (actually SAS-trained fit) but he still has the kind of figure you expect to see tucked into some old-school rugby shorts. He's just too Chariots of Fire generally. It's a gene thing, which no amount of resistance training can disguise."

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