There is a rumour that Tom Hardy has been cast as James Bond which means he’ll take over from Daniel Craig after No Time To Die.
So, this rumour was started by a pop culture blog – not unlike this one – called The Vulcan Reporter.
The Vulcan Reporter belongs to what is often referred to in the industry as a “serial scooper” called Emre Kaya.
If you look Emre up on Twitter, you’ll see that he’s constantly posting scoops.
However, he normally works in the Marvel, DC Comics, Star Wars and Star Trek world.
This is the first time I’ve ever seen him offer some information on the James Bond franchise.
Anyway, let’s for the sake of argument assume that Emre’s sources are indeed correct.
This means that Tom Hardy is going to be playing James Bond after Daniel Craig.
It does sound a bit like fan-casting to me, yet let’s roll with it.
If he really has been cast as Bond, then he will be the perfect man to play the British Secret Agent in today’s current climate.
Let me explain why I believe this to be the case.
Tom Hardy is James Bond – There, I said it
Tom Hardy is one of Hollywood’s and the U.K’s hardest working actors.
He likes to star in movies and TV shows that he finds interesting.
I really don’t believe he’s the sort of actor that’s really done a movie for the money.
OK, he did make This Is War and a few other stinkers (he was in Sucker Punch and that was bad).
However, if you are to look over his filmography, it’s incredibly impressive and you can tell he likes a challenge.
Even Venom, which isn’t the best movie ever made, has some pretty meaty scenes for him to chow down on.
He’s someone who really cares about the movies and TV shows he’s in, and it shows.
That is one of the main reasons why if this casting rumour is true, then it really bodes well for the future of the James Bond franchise.
The franchise’s producers and casting agents have had a tendency of casting relative unknowns as James Bond.
I mean, I say unknown, I suppose the likes of Pierce Brosnan and maybe even Timothy Dalton weren’t complete unknowns, but they were bonafide movie stars like Hardy.
Think back to when Daniel Craig was cast as Bond – there was a huge uproar because one, he was blonde, and two, nobody seemed to know who he was.
Tom Hardy would be the most brutal Bond ever
Craig had been in movies and TV shows, but nothing major.
There were rumours that they might end up casting another relative newcomer as the next Bond.
However, Tom Hardy has now jumped to the top of everyone’s lists after The Vulcan Reporter’s supposed scoop.
Now that this rumour is out there, I can’t help thinking that the higher-up’s EON Productions Limited and Danjaq LLC might now be forced to cast the actor.
Honestly, he would be perfect.
Hardy has shown over a number of years how talented he is.
He’s an actor that can do literally anything.
Hardy showed that he can be suave and sophisticated in the likes of Christopher Nolan’s Inception.
He can also be brutal. Just watch movies like The Revenant, Venom, Warrior and Mad Max: Fury Road for evidence of this.
Hardy also looks the part. You’ll notice that most of the images I’ve used in this article almost come from the film Legend.
He really does look like Bond in that movie, and he’s also pretty Bond-esc in Inception.
The only issue I might have with Hardy as Bond is his delivery.
He does tend to be a bit mumbly in his movies, and we cannot have a mumbly Bond.
I’m sure, however, that the producers and directors will be very hot on that.
Tom Hardy would be the best Bond for the times we live in
There was a lot of talk about maybe having a black actor play Bond before this casting rumour was out there.
I was, and still am, all for it.
I think it would be a huge step forward if the powers that be were to cast a black actor as Bond.
The issue was that the only real name being mentioned as far as a black actor playing Bond was concerned was Idris Elba.
Elba would have been brilliant as Bond.
However, the truth of the matter is that he’s just too old now to play the role.
At 48 years old, he’s only four years younger than Craig, who’s 52 as of writing this article.
That would mean that we’d only really realistically get two movies with Elba as Bond.
I know for a fact that movie producers involved with the Bond franchise would want to cast someone who could play the character for at least ten years.
Tom Hardy is 43 years old, and he could realistically play Bond until he’s 53.
Tom Hardy has all the right traits to play James Bond
They also need to make sure that they cast the right actor for the role and not get too bogged down by politics.
This has been said by Bond film producer Barbara Broccoli before, and she is right.
If Hardy has indeed been cast as Bond it must mean that he’s auditioned for the role, screen-tested for it, and impressed them.
Just looking at his back-catalogue of movies you can tell that he’s got all the right attributes to play the spy.
There’s also the fact that Christopher Nolan has expressed interest in making a Bond movie.
However, he had one condition: Tom Hardy would have to play Bond.
So, it all seems to be pointing towards a Hardy and Nolan Bond movie.
Who wouldn’t want to see that?
What do you make of this Tom Hardy being cast as James Bond rumour?
Do you like the idea of Hardy playing the British Secret Agent?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.