Tom Hardy ‘is right at the top of the wish list’ for Daniel Craig’s 007 successor

Every now and then, the rumor mill gears up nonsensically and everyone starts theorizing about who will play the next James Bond. Part of it might be Daniel Craig’s fault – he’s notoriously surly, and while he seems grateful for the 007 role, he also seemed rather unwilling to commit to too many Bond films. Except that’s no longer the case. After the crazy success of Skyfall (I believe it’s the most successful Bond film ever), Daniel signed on for two more Bond films. Which means he’s still going to be playing Bond for the next, say, four years at least. But “the internet” already has their eye on who should succeed him and disappointingly, it’s not Idris Elba. According to “sources,” the choice is Tom Hardy?

Tom Hardy is rumored to be taking the reins of James Bond from Daniel Craig once the actor’s contract comes to an end. The Daily Star reports that The Dark Knight actor is a hot-favorite to become the latest 007 and has already been approached by MGM and Sony who think he is perfect to take over from Craig once he completes his obligated last two films as the British spy.

A source told the paper: “Although Craig is signed up for the next two Bond films the search for his replacement is already on.”

Tom, who is also in the running to play Elton John in the biopic Rocketman, has previously expressed his interest in playing Bond, admitting: “I’d love to play Bond with Chris Nolan as director or something, it’d be awesome.”

And it seems bosses are just as enthusiastic about casting the 36-year-old as Bond, with the source going on to add that he is right at the top of their wish list and regarded as perfect Bond material.

“Tom is right at the top of the wish list. He’s been approached to gauge his interest and he’s keen,” the insider continued. “He’s a respected actor with a great back catalogue of films but most importantly he’s the type of guy that all men want to be like and all women want to be with. He’s perfect Bond material.”

[From Entertainmentwise]

Tom Hardy as James Bond? I’m going to need to think on that. I’m going to need to do some photographic investigation and daydream about Tom’s pillowy lips for a while. In all honesty, I could probably see this. Tom can do just about anything, and I think he could pull off Bond. He would be more in the vein of Daniel’s Bond – more of street-fighter than a gentleman. And Tom’s the right age too – he’s 36 years old right now, and he would be at least 40 when it came time to replace Daniel. That sounds about right. By the way, Idris Elba is 41 right now. Would he still be up for James Bond four years from now? Eh.

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  1. mia girl says:

    No offense to Tom Hardy but…
    Idris Elba or go home!

  2. Stephanie says:

    What’s that sound? It’s the sound of my panties being thrown across the room! LOL. Love Tom Hardy.

  3. Lisa says:

    Yes, for me, Tom is the #1 choice to replace Daniel and Idris is #2.

  4. T.fanty says:

    100% sold. That would be so very, very hot.

    I can see Bond riding an elephant. In his pants.

  5. A says:

    No! he’s all wrong for Bond!
    Bond is not a council estate bloke from Stevenage. He looks like he’s been fighting and gotten himself a fat lip.
    He doesn’t look suave or like he is comfortable in a suit. He looks rough in the worst sort of way. Like he’s teeth are bad because he used to do **** in his youth.
    He looks like a yob tbh. Just wrong.

  6. Maria says:

    After seeing Tom in Bronson, I’ve no doubt he could pull it off.

    I’d love Idris but let’s be real: white folks would throw a fit and studios rarely think outside the box (unfortunately).

  7. Tessa says:

    Eh, sort of similar to Craig, but not better imo. I think they should try and raise the bar, not maintain the status quo. Hardy is the safe choice. Someone like Idris Elba would be the more exciting choice.

  8. Abby says:

    Sorry Hardy but I’ll rather have Idris take on the role.

    Can I have Cumby play the bad guy in the upcoming bond movies?? Jut cz I want to see Cumby and Ben Whishaw acting together :D

  9. Shy says:

    Yes please, he is a better choice than doormat RPatz. He think he would be the perfect Bond, please! We need a real man for this role.

  10. Tish says:

    Entertainmentwise *barfs*


  11. Anne says:

    Tom Hardy is super hot and I think he’s a great actor, but he doesn’t really strike me as a James Bond. He’s more of an action star than a suave super spy.

  12. mslewis says:

    I don’t think Hardy is right for Bond. He’s not handsome enough. He’s cute and adorable but not manly or handsome, IMO.

    But then, my favorite Bond will always be Sean Connerly. In fact, I really haven’t seen a Bond movie since Sean so I guess I shouldn’t talk. HA!

  13. GeeMoney says:

    Tom Hardy as James Bond? YES YES YES.

    Idris already said that he didn’t want to do it. Sorry, ladies.

  14. Miss M says:

    I like him as 007! He can definitely pull it off! :)

  15. trudie says:

    More like watching Hardy in Inception as the dashing Eames makes me think he can play Bond. He is not a council estate yob. He was born into a middle class upper middle class family. People were shocked at his real accent when he did that documentary on Poaching in Africa – nice and posh.

  16. nicegirl says:

    Love this casting idea, LOVE Idris Elba. i could watch him read the phone book.

  17. Shw says:

    If you’ve ever read any Bond, Hardy would be *perfect*. Bond is supposed to be… Unconventionally attractive and a little beaten up looking. Whenever I’ve read the books I’ve got the sense he’s supposed to look more like a criminal than a hero. So, Hardy could be very very good in the part. And he’d be the only Bond I’ve ever fancied..

    But Hardy can act.. So that means he probably won’t get the part.

  18. bluebell says:

    His fleshy lips give me the creeps! BLECH.

  19. ParisPucker says:


    Horrible choice! He has ZERO sex appeal! NO NO NO – please say it ain’t so ;’(

  20. Hubbahun says:

    Adrian Lester. Yes please McSqueeze.

  21. Ally8 says:

    Only if the wish is for viewership to dwindle. They just had their highest-grossing Bond with an adult in the title role.

    I’m still hoping for a Clive Owen Bond.

  22. Claudia says:

    Nah. I don’t see it. I think he normally looks really schlubby, and while he’s a good actor– Bond is just too… suave, preened, slick, stylish…

  23. sara says:

    No,I like him but that just doesn’t work for me.Connery and Craig have been the only two that have that bad boy sexy/suave thing working for me.Unfortunately my number one choice Ralph Fiennes is already taken as M so I’ll go with my second choice and that would be that hot hot hot Fassy. The thought of Fassbender and Fiennes in the same movie, excuse me I must go collect myself!

  24. MegG says:

    OMG I love Tom Hardy and Daniel Craig so much! I only started watching James Bond when Daniel Craig signed on.

  25. Dommy Dearest says:

    Idris, nah.
    Hardy: yes. I’d actually sit down and watch a Bond movie with him as Bond. I almost finished Skyfall but I fell asleep.

  26. Deedee says:

    Sorry, this guy doesn’t do it for me.

  27. madeleine says:

    Hell Yes! Such a versatile actor. He can play anything so he will nail the role!