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  • babypook
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    #113299

    Just a rumour now, but a persistent one.

    Is Tom Hardy the new James Bond?

    By ET Bureau | 17 Sep, 2013, 04.19AM IST
     nhmjuREAD MORE ON » Tom Hardy | Sean Connery | Sam Worthington | Jon Hamm | Joel Edgerton | James Bond | Inception

    Daniel Craig is almost on his way out, with only two Bond films left in his contract, and the rumour is that fellow Brit Tom Hardy is only one Martini away from bagging the role.


    Daniel Craig is almost on his way out, with only two Bond films left in his contract, and the rumour mill is humming with news that fellow Brit Tom Hardy is only one Martini away from bagging the role.

    The casting for the title role of James Bond is quite an event in popular culture. Ever since Sean Connery played the British agent, 007 is the man that most men want to be like, and some women would like to be with.

    It’s no easy process, with producers and actors in closed-door meetings, bookies breathing down their list of contenders and a fair bit of money to be won for those who picked the right man. And if Hardy’s the one, it is good news for Bond fans. The 36-year-old is a powerhouse of talent and his recent roles have only illustrated that here is the pefect combination of brawn and brain:

    2008 BRONSON

    The first time Hardy visibly bulked up for a role, it was to play Charles Bronson, Britain’s most violent criminal. And the British film industry noticed that they didn’t have to look to the US for actors to play messed up psychopaths — Hardy was at their doorstep.

    2009 THE TAKE

    Hardy likes playing the difficult ones — in this TV series, he takes on the role of sociopath and crime lord Freddie Jackson. This is his second screen outing with girlfriend Charlotte Riley (in yellow); they met while filming Wuthering Heights a year before.

    2010 INCEPTION

    Hollywood came calling after Hardy played Eames the suave conman. One of the best lines in the movie was when Eames confidently tells Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Arthur to “dream a little bigger, darling.”

    2011 WARRIOR

    A drama about two brothers competing in a mixed martial arts contest to change their fortunes, Hardy let his body talk and how! Superb performances by Nick Nolte and Joel Edgerton as well.

    2011 TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY

    It is to Hardy’s credit that he did not get lost in an all-British take on Le Carre’s novel. He held his own in a line-up that featured Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, John Hurt, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Ciaran Hinds.

    2012 THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

    He played Bane. Enough said.

    The Other Contenders for 007

    Christian Bale

    First Batman, but will he ever play Bond? Maybe it IS too good to be true.

    Jon Hamm

    He knows how to wear a tux almost all the time. That should be reason enough, eh?

    Colin Salmon

    Bookies went into a tizzy when betting agency Ladbrokes received six £500 bets on Colin Salmon to become the first black actor to play Bond.

    Sam Worthington

    A little more ‘muscular’ than the classic Bond look, Worthington was reportedly one of the producers’ favourites.

    David Beckham

    Wife Victoria belives he’d make an excellent Bond. Hopefully, nobody will take her seriously. reportedly one of the producers’ favourites 

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    Riley
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    “Daniel Craig is almost on his way out, with only two Bond films left in his contract”

    That will take us through at least 2017.

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    Scottferguson
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    In the Ian Fleming books, Bond was in his mid 20s.

    I can’t imagine an American being chosen (Jon Hamm).

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    babypook
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    ”Daniel Craig is almost on his way out, with only two Bond films left in his contract”

    That will take us through at least 2017.

    I’m hoping they sign him. Personally, although he’s ‘glammed down” lately, I think Tom Hardy is one heck of a sexy guy. I think he’d make a great Bond.

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    Tye-Grr
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    [quote=”thedemonhog”]”Daniel Craig is almost on his way out, with only two Bond films left in his contract”

    That will take us through at least 2017.

    I’m hoping they sign him. Personally, although he’s ‘glammed down” lately, I think Tom Hardy is one heck of a sexy guy. I think he’d make a great Bond. [/quote]

    AGREEEEEEEEED!!! (Clearly)

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    vinny
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    I guess he would make a good Bond, I kinda like the idea of Bale as Bond too but I would love an unkown as Bond.

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    delerian
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    Idris Elba has mentioned an interest. I think he would be an amazing James Bond.

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    Aunt Peg
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    As much as I like Tom Hardy as an actor, a James Bond with all those unsightly tattoos just wouldn’t work for me.

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    babypook
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    Not a fan of tatoos either; but if he shakes martinis in an Armani suit, I can overlook it.  Btw I think Hardy is a fine actor. Lol

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    Scottferguson
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    There is to my knowledge no precedent for selecting an actor for a series multiple years before it is filmed while the current actor plays the role. It makes no sense – it makes the current guy look like a has-been, the marketing optics are terrible. And there’s no way to say that Hardy will be as viable an actor several years from now, or the best choice, or whether he’d want it.

    It’s fun to speculate, but that article is nonsense if it claims that the producers have decided and are going to sign him.

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    TomHardys
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    I would love that (as you can tell by my username am I right). However I think that he’s getting “old” and when the time comes to pick a new actor, he’ll already be a unviable choice. If they always go to British actors, maybe Jack O’Connell if he gets big enough?

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    JOSHUA
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    Micheal Fassbender. Please.

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    Scottferguson
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    He’s entirely humorless. Humor is required in the role. (Craig has less than his predecessors, but at least he can convey a twinkle in his eye. Never seen a moment of evidence of that from Fassbender.).

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    Stardust
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    maybe Jack O’Connell if he gets big enough?

    Lol.

    I’m down for Hardy as Bond.

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    BrokenFan
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    lol Just throwing it out there. What about Leo? Have they asked him?

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