– by Joseph Jammer Medina

We’re hot off the heels of the lukewarm reception to the latest James Bond film, SPECTRE. While many weren’t too pumped by the movie itself, there was little argument over whether or not Daniel Craig was still fit to play the character. In the eyes of many, Craig still has that Bond charm, and could probably last a couple more films if he wanted. However, while promoting SPECTRE last year, Craig made it more than clear that he’s ready to move on from the iconic British MI6 agent, so at this point, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the actor stepped down as Bond.

Probably the biggest rumored actor to take over for Craig is Idris Elba, but of course in a role like Bond, there would be many actors with their eyes on the prize.

You can add Tom Hiddleston to that list, who will be acting in a BBC spy thriller entitled THE NIGHT MANAGER. The mini-series apparently has some similarities to James Bond, and of course, with Hiddleston being British, the question of his desire to play the character inevitably came up. Speaking with the Sunday Times, Hiddleston said the following when asked about the Bond franchise, and if he would be up to play the character:

“I simply love the theme tune, the tropes and the mythology. I love the whole thing, If it ever came knocking, it would be an extraordinary opportunity. And I’m very aware of the physicality of the job. I would not take it lightly.”

There are plenty of other actors just as fit for the role, but given Hiddleston’s recent rise in popularity with roles like Loki, it wouldn’t be a farfetched idea to see him don the trademark tux. William Hill, a British bookmaker, even increased Hiddleston’s odds from 25/1 to 10/1 that he’d be playing James Bond. A rep from William Hill said the following:

“There are some very Bond-ish elements to THE NIGHT MANAGER, and the producers of the next 007 movie will surely be keeping an eye on Hiddleston’s performance in case Daniel Craig decides to step down.” 

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SOURCE: Sunday Times (via THR)

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.