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!

    • Eve says:


      • Anna says:

        Welcome back. I have been sorely missing your Elsa Rage (or my dream thereof). Seeing her on every RUSH red carpet, ‘claiming’ Chris, has become my torture p0rn.

      • Eve says:

        Sadly, you won’t be seeing me commenting on that…person…anymore.

        She won. Her game paid off.

        She’s now pap’d on her own. She’s got magazine covers. She’s even more talked about than my beloved Adrien Brody — people know her name, they call her by her name now, she’s not “that chick who used to date Adrien Brody” anymore.

        Plain and simple? She won.

      • Anna says:

        >.< x 1000. Never give up, never surrender? (I really, really CANT with her. Truly existential pain. Which probably says more about my life than hers but…)

      • Eve says:

        Good luck with that.

        I’m just really glad I’ve never had even the smallest crush on Hemsworth (and I don’t think I ever will).

        P.S.: I honestly think there’s something wrong with her (like, there’s something evil about her — no one that scheming, that conniving can be good) but I don’t know the woman in person so…maybe she’s good to him?

        What I know for sure is that I can try and, hopefully, will be able to ignore her existence. I refuse to give that woman what she’s always craved: attention.

      • Cecilie says:


    • T.fanty says:

      Nope. I’m still mad at him for the last season of Luther.

    • SpankFD says:

      Yes. Idris. Please.

      Also, does anyone else feel like you’d need to dip ol’ TH in a big vat of Bactine before you’d get down & dirty with him?

    • Anna says:

      After Craig owned it (I was a HUGE skeptic. I might have signed a petition), I am open to anything. Incl Hardy and Elba.

    • Sixer says:

      I didn’t get so mad about Luther as perhaps I should have done. Idris as Bond twists my melons, man.

    • Harpreet says:

      I disagree, I think Chiwetel is a better choice, he is younger, and can def do fight scenes (Check out Redbelt).

      He is more suave.

    • Stef Leppard says:

      Idris Elba as Bond?!? Now that is inspired. Wow. He would be an amazing Bond. Too bad no one in Hollywood would come up with such a great idea. On second thought, they went with a *blond* Bond, could a black Bond be far behind?

    • silly you says:

      co-sign the idris elba pick

  2. Stephanie says:

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

    • LadyBird83 says:

      Mine are gone too. I love Tom, those lips… dear god. Seriously I might start watching 007 movies again. Never been a Daniel Craig fangirl.

      • Camille (TheOriginal) says:

        Yeah not a DC fan girl here either. I find him very over rated, especially as Bond. But if Hardy played Bond? Well that would certainly get me to watch those films again.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      His mouth is so soo beautiful.

      I would love him as Bond and I agree that he can do anything. I haven’t cared about Bond since Sean Connery, but this would reignite the love for me.

    • GlimmerBunny says:

      YES!!! Tom Hady as Bond would be even hotter than Daniel Craig, and I find Craig the sexiest Bond yet.

  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.

    • Sixer says:

      He’s top of my wish list. But not for Bond…

      … although if Bond can go blonde, or we think he can go black, why can’t he go chav?

      Fantastic. Also sold.

      Will he have special injecting pens? I could think of several aphrodisiacs that would be better than spytastic soporifics.

      • Anna says:

        What’s ‘chav’?

      • Sixer says:

        Lower class person.

        Although I prefer bloke for THardyMan. That’s um… “man’s man”.

      • T.Fanty says:

        Ever since I read Rhian Jones, I’m reluctant to liberally apply the word chav (plus, TH is actually posher than me), but yes. But, the original Bond from the books is essentially a thug in a dinner jacket, so why not?

        And I’m calling it now: there will be no black Bond. They’ve just managed to sell US audiences on an English action hero. To throw a man of colour on top of that will just confuse and alienate half of the midwest. The world’s become much more racist. Ain’t gonna happen.

      • lori says:

        Considering how the US responded to an Indian American Miss USA…..I can only imagine how they’d feel about a black Bond. But many say that the US movie market is not who they try to please any more. The $$$ are in the Asian markets.

      • Sixer says:

        I think he is also posher than me. I don’t say chav disparagingly about THardyMan really – he has rough edges and a blokeish way about him but in no way is he chavvy – I think it’s just that DUC and Puddletom are talked about so often here that he’s their not-really-but-a-little-bit-maybe chavvy foil.

      • T.Fanty says:

        Maybe he’s about as close as a chav as they like to get. Maybe they make him get extra chavvy when he’s with them so they feel good about playing with their token working-class-bloke friend.

      • Nono says:

        Yeah … Tom Hardy is NOT a chav. He may have the salty-earth aura but there’s nothing about him that tells me “trash”.


        (Yes, I’m a huge TH stan. Even after TDKR. It’s not his fault he got cast in the installment with which Nolan couldn’t be arsed!)

      • Sixer says:

        Well, I’m going to download The Take from Sky+ and watch my little BlokeMan *pretending* to be a chav. This will make me happy.

  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.

    • magpie says:

      Agree. Bond used to be sauve. Tom is too rough around the edges.

    • Nan St. George says:

      What is a yob? And just to throw my two cents in, I think Tom would make an amazing Bond. With his talent he can pull off most roles.

      • Apoh says:

        Isn’t the chav thing a big of an act? Read that he is privately educated and brought up in upper middle class south west london.

        My question is, will his hairline still be intact in four years? Looks like it is receding…:

    • Ana says:

      “Council Estate Bloke” made me think of Little Britain for some reason.

      People were skeptical about Craig too, though. But he pulled it off.

      For me, inspite of my Hardy love, I would like to see some color blind casting here. It does feel like their casting sheet reads “White Male. CoE preferred”

    • alex says:

      Yes totally! Couldn’t agree more when it comes to him looking like he just left a fight.
      Dont see the attraction.
      Idris Elba would be an AMAZING Bond.

    • Liza Jane says:

      Just watched episode 1 of The Take where he first got was HORRIBLE! He was rough and gormless and ugly and definitely a chav! Ugh! Deleted all the other episodes,so could not watch! Plus he’s chunky and bloated and over muscular and did I mention rough! Mellors in Lady Chatterly’s lover maybe, but NEVER James Bond!!
      England is full of lovely actors who could play Bond, please don’t go low-life on us!!! Shuddering now!

  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 😀

    • Green Girl says:

      I vote for this! I thought about Cumby as Bond, but I think I’d prefer Idris. So yeah, BC as a villain totally works for me.

  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.

    • Melissa says:

      Agreed. I love, love, love Tom Hardy, and actually just watched that stupid Reese Witherspoon movie just to see him, but idris would make a better James Bond.

  12. evie says:


  13. 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!

  14. GeeMoney says:

    Tom Hardy as James Bond? YES YES YES.

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

  15. Miss M says:

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

  16. 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.

  17. RachelDunn says:


  18. nicegirl says:

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

  19. 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.

    • T.fanty says:

      Exactly. And the Craig casting was a conscious attempt to shift back towards Fleming’s original vision of Bond, so Hardy is simply another step down that path.

    • Sixer says:

      See, this is interesting to me as I have never read Fleming. Bloke Bond-Tom is sounding better by the minute.

      • Shw says:

        You should read some if you have the chance.. They’re my ‘go to’ books whenever I’m sick. Nothing like film Bond, but very enjoyable.

      • Sixer says:

        Spies/thrillers and whatnot aren’t really my bag – although I do like Ken MacLeod – but these are classics of the genre obviously, and it’s definitely a hole in my reading.

  20. bluebell says:

    His fleshy lips give me the creeps! BLECH.

  21. ParisPucker says:


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

  22. Hubbahun says:

    Adrian Lester. Yes please McSqueeze.

  23. 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.

  24. IceQueen says:

    No, just no!

  25. 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…

  26. 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!

  27. MegG says:

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

  28. Lexi says:

    That’d be hot!

  29. 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.

  30. DottieDot says:

    ICK! NO WAY! 🙁

  31. Deedee says:

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

  32. madeleine says:

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