Well it looks like it's about that time. Every day gone seems to be another day closer to confirming that Daniel Craig's days as James Bond are numbered. As we mentioned in yesterday's piece, the actor has made no secret of the fact that he's pretty much done with 007, but as of now, everything is still all hearsay. Yesterday, Deadline reported that Craig's increase in commitments indicated his non-involvement with Bond, and that Jamie Bell was in talks to take on the suave agent.
Now, Birth.Movies.Death. is confirming a rumor that's been going on for the past few months -- that actor Tom Hiddleston, who is best known for playing Loki in THE AVENGERS and the THOR films, is deep in talks to play Bond.
Here's what the report said:
"...sources close to Tom Hiddleston have told Birth.Movies.Death. that Tom Hiddleston is in fact in advanced talks to take over the role of James Bond from Daniel Craig.
Choosing words carefully, our source confirms that while talks have indeed taken place, and that Hiddleston very much wants the job (a fact of which he’s made no secret), no official offer has been made - yet."
The writer was careful to note that despite the fact that Hiddleston was deep in talks, it doesn't necessarily confirm that Craig is out. For all we know, the studio is using these talks as a way to prompt a response from Craig. Of course, that part is all speculation, and for all we know, Craig and the studios may have amicably parted was months ago, and the studio is merely waiting to secure a new Bond before making an announcement.
Regardless, the casting of Hiddleston would be an interesting one. Compared to Craig, he's definitely a lot less gruff in appearance, and would likely conform more to the suave side that Pierce Brosnan gave the role. That being said, Hiddleston is an actor with range, and while I've yet to see NIGHT MANAGER, from the clips I've seen, he does give the Bond flair. Not just in the suave way, either. No, there definitely seems to be some real potential for him to show that more "rough around the edges" side that Craig did so well.
Check out the clip from NIGHT MANAGER below, and you can see what I'm talking about.