James Bond (played by Daniel Craig) has had quite the journey on screen over the past ten years. Craig has depicted a brand new version of the infamous 007, as a more rough-and-tumble brawler, rather than the suave and subtle spy.
With No Time To Die just around the corner, all eyes are on Universal, and who fans might think they will replace Craig with in the near future.
Now, all eyes are on British icon Tom Hardy as the next Bond star after rumours swirled online over the weekend.
Hardy would of course be a great inclusion to the Bond franchise as he is an incredible actor, and is also supremely popular.
The star himself has not spoken out about the role, or the rumours, just yet.
However back in 2017 the star did mention becoming Bond after Craig.
But he wasn’t discussing the possibility of it, but rather avoiding the subject altogether.
Speaking to the Daily Beast, Hardy explained: “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.”
With a chuckle, he added: “So I can’t possibly comment on that one! If I mention it, it’s gone.”
While he may be correct, that won’t stop endless swathes of fans looking for some sort of response from him.
At the same time, Hardy also gave his blessing for Christopher Nolan taking on a future Bond film.
“But Chris Nolan,” he added. “What a fantastic director for a Bond movie.”
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To make matters even more convincing, betting agents have recently closed betting on Hardy becoming the next Bond – yes, they’re that convinced.
A spokesperson from Coral told Express.co.uk: “The betting on who will play James Bond is always popular with our punters.
“With James Norton and Sam Heughan the two most recent favourites, but Tom Hardy has always been close to the head of the betting.
“Hardy was as short as 6-4 favourite last year, so if he has indeed landed the coveted role, the bookies will have been left shaken if not stirred.”
This came just before betting was closed, sending an astounding ripple effect through the industry, as it seemed as if Hardy was “confirmed” as the next Bond.
Unfortunately, with Universal and Hardy remaining quiet until the announcement officially gets released, fans are left wondering what the truth is.
With Hardy’s film slate relatively quiet for the next few months, could the star be gearing up for a massive 2021 as his debut as the Man of Mystery?
No Time To Die is currently set for UK release on November 12, 2020.
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