He’s been rumored for so long now that it won’t be truly official until EON and MGM make an announcement or issue a press release. Even so, more and more evidence is building that Tom Hiddleston is being lined up to take on the role of James Bond.
Birth Movies Death today reports that the actor is in ‘advanced negotiations’ to play the British super spy, citing “sources close to” the actor himself. Hiddleston has not been shy about actually wanting to play the role, but with comments indicating that there’s no preliminary movement on the next film in the franchise planned until the end of the year at the earliest, all this could easily just be what’s dubbed “negotiating in the press”.
Rumors of Daniel Craig’s recasting have hit fever pitch in recent months with Hiddleston seemingly cited every other day while the likes of Idris Elba, Aidan Turner, Tom Hardy, Luke Evans and Damian Lewis are regularly linked. Even this week Jamie Bell came up in a report, while fans have been campaigning for a female version with Gillian Anderson the clear lead on that score on social media.
If Hiddleston were selected, it’s expected he would shy away from both the rough-and-tumble bruiser of the first two Craig films and the somewhat ‘burned out and over it’ action man of the second two. Instead it would likely be a return to the more classic gentleman spy routine of the Dalton, some of the Moore, and the very early Connery eras – a suave, charming and well-composed exterior masking a lethal and highly capable agent.