After Daniel Craig’s last turn as Bond lacking any kind of spirit in Spectre, the world is still waiting to see who’s going to be next to pick up the license to kill. As far back as last year, one particular favourite that hasn’t budged is Tom Hardy, who has given a very interesting perspective on taking the role of 007.
Speaking to The Daily Beast about his continuously enthralling BBC show, Taboo, the site threw the proposition his way once again, with the added notion of Christopher Nolan as director. Set for a cinematic reunion this year with Dunkirk, the genius behind The Dark Knight trilogy has already expressed his enthusiasm to one day direct a Bond film and our hero Hardy has made it sound like a deal-breaker.
“Oh, wow, Chris would be amazing! Wow, that would be cool. That would be so cool.”
Yes. Yes it would, Tom. But the more important question is would he take the gig if he was asked to do so? Well, it wasn’t a yes, or a no, to be honest.
“You know, there’s a saying amongst us in the fraternity of acting, and in the fellowship of my peer group, that if you talk about it you’re automatically out of the race. So I can’t possibly comment on that one! If I mention it, it’s gone. But Chris Nolan, what a fantastic director for a Bond movie. Because Daniel [Craig] is so good, and what [Sam] Mendes and Barbara [Broccoli] have done has been so impressive, that it would be a very hard reimagination to follow after. I wonder what the next installment of that franchise would become, and I think when you mention someone like Christopher Nolan, that’s a very powerful figure to bring into that world who could bring something new and create something profound—again.”
Admittedly, Hardy is a busy man of late. As well as Dunkirk on the way and Taboo (talked about in the brand new Reelgood Podcast, don’t ya know?) turning heads to television screens, he’s also overly excited to head out to the desert for another drive as Mad Max in Mad Max: Wasteland, as well. Is there enough space for James, as well? It’s Hardy worth thinking about, surely?
What do you think? Is Tom a top choice for 007 and is Nolan the man to take him there? Sound off in the comments below.