Tom Hardy, hotly tipped as a potential successor to Daniel Craig in the role of James Bond, has at last commented on the rumours.
But, being Tom Hardy, his response is far from what we might expect.
In an interview with MTV, the 37-year old London-born actor confirmed that he was a fan of the Bond movies: “Of course I am, yeah. Totally, absolutely.”
Asked who he would choose to play the next 007, Hardy’s answer was somewhat less predictable:
Okay, so that’s a pretty clear-cut way of refusing to be drawn into the Bond casting debate: by suggesting the famously flamboyant Pineapple Dance Studios star for that most manly of movie roles.
Since Daniel Craig hinted earlier this week that the upcoming ‘SPECTRE’ may be his last time playing Bond, the bookies have boosted Hardy’s odds of being named Craig’s replacement.
William Hill put the actor up from 6/1 to 4/1, putting him level with Idris Elba - but with Damian Lewis still having the best odds at 5/2.
Hardy, however, seems unimpressed by this.
“Bookie’s favourite? This is to do with gamblers, isn’t it? I don’t think it’s got anything to do with any genuine entertainment business.”
Seemingly eager to change the subject, Hardy closed with, “If I actually stand a chance of playing James Bond, we’d obviously not talk about it.”
Make what you will of these remarks - but we can’t fail to note that Hardy does not in any way dismiss the idea of playing Bond. He’s merely emphasising, as well he might, that we shouldn’t go jumping to conclusions.
Hardy can currently be seen playing both Kray twins in ‘Legend,’ in cinemas now. Meanwhile, ‘SPECTRE’ opens on 26 October.
Picture Credit: WENN, MGM-UA/Sony