Tom Hiddleston is a little bit closer to securing the James Bond role, apparently

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Here are some photos of Tom Hiddleston arriving in LA yesterday. I’m surprised he’s back in America! I thought he was going to be in London for months, working on Thor: Ragnarok. Maybe he flew in to meet up with a girlfriend, only Elizabeth Olsen was in Europe yesterday for the big Dior show. So… maybe Hiddles had to take some meetings in LA. Maybe those meetings were about James Bond? As we discussed earlier this week, rando sources are claiming that Hiddles is in “advanced talks” for the role of Bond. Hm.

For what it’s worth, a few days ago, Sam Mendes said the next James Bond will not be any of the “favorites.” Meaning, he doesn’t believe it will be Idris Elba or Tom Hiddleston. Mendes directed Skyfall and Spectre, and Mendes and Daniel Craig are pretty tight. Mendes seemed to indicate that Daniel really is out of the franchise (no surprise) and then he said this:

“There’s this constant debate about who’s going to be the next Bond. The truth is – and here’s the headline: it’s not a democracy. It’s not the X Factor, it’s not the EU referendum, it’s not a public vote. Barbara Broccoli chooses who’s going to be the next Bond: end of story…I can guarantee whatever happens with it, it will not be what you expect. That’s what she’s been brilliant at, and that’s how it’ll survive. It’s not a public vote, and I think we’re in an age where everything is deemed voteable on. Some things just aren’t and it’s better that way.”

[From The Telegraph]

I think he’s right in that Barbara Broccoli isn’t going to be swayed by “campaigns” or press pieces about who should be the next Bond. That being said, Sam Mendes is out of the franchise now too. So they’re looking for a new director. And Radio Times says that Broccoli is looking at Susanne Bier, the director of The Night Manager!

Tom Hiddleston’s hands have moved a little closer to James Bond’s Walther PKK pistol with the revelation that Night Manager director Susanne Bier is one of the leading contenders to take over from Sam Mendes on the next 007 film. Sources close to Bond producers Eon tell RadioTimes.com that Bier is among a “handful” of names making up producer Barbara Broccoli’s shortlist to inherit the directing gig from Mendes.

If Bier gets the job it would make her the first woman ever to helm a James Bond movie – and would also vastly increase the chances of the already hotly-tipped Hiddleston getting the role of Bond thanks to the pair’s previous working relationship.

[From Radio Times]

I thought Bier did a great job with TNM, actually. The miniseries looked expensive and beautiful, and how shall I say this? There did seem to be a “female gaze” directed towards Hiddleston. Like, there were so many lingering closeups of his face, his cheekbones, his blue eyes, his shoulders, his chest, etc. She made a very sexy miniseries and I would love to see a woman helm the next Bond movie. And hey, maybe she will recommend Hiddles for the role.

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  1. OrigialTessa says:

    Ew, why? Bad choice. Too gawky and awkward.

  2. meme says:

    Nope. I don’t think he’s good looking or charismatic enough for Bond. James Bond.

    • HH says:

      I thought it was just me. He does not have that debonair, suave thing going on. Which, hey, it’s acting, so I’m sure the point is to conjure that up somehow. I just can’t see him over Idris. I mean, if we’re going to continue with the panty-dropping, every-girl-wants-him-and-every-man-wants-to-be-him shtick, shouldn’t we go all out? :)

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I find him appealing, but in a puppy way. James Bond is not a puppy. James Bond is that guy that makes your knees weak, that you know better than, but can’t resist.

  3. Hudson Girl says:

    I watched part of Night Manager on Memorial Day weekend with my dad. We both agreed he would be an excellent choice for Bond, given his performance in that miniseries.

    Rumor is that Craig is really positioning for even more of a cut than the over 100 million he was offered, though. He is using his cranky disposition as a bargaining tool.

    (The Night Manager was so visually beautiful. Wow.)

  4. outhousecat says:

    I’m sorry but I just don’t get the appeal of this guy. He’s featured here every day and this is first time I’ve clicked. Skinny guys with eyes way too close together don’t do it for me.

    • Yolie C says:

      I tend to think that too but my opinion changes slightly when I actually see him in a movie. He’s much better in motion than through pictures. I just saw High-rise and he was pretty good in that!

      • Cranberry says:

        His body was yummy in High Rise. He was really good in I Saw The Light too playing an American Hank Williams country star from 1950s. You’ll see him with dark hair, brown eyes and about 10 lbs lighter. Like Loki, Hiddles has many incarnations.

      • lilacflowers says:

        @Cranberry, he lost 40 pounds for ISTL, not 10.

    • Carol says:

      I don’t know. He just reminds me of Lumiere, the singing candelabra, of Beauty and The Beast.

  5. M.A.F. says:

    Am I the only one who doesn’t care about Bond? Am I the only one who doesn’t see the point of Bond in this day-and-age?

    I finished the Night Manager last night and I thoroughly enjoyed it. But him as Bond? Give the man a comedy already.

    • Sixer says:

      In that I wouldn’t watch the films unless somebody else put one on the TV because there was nothing else on, I can join you in the no skin in this game corner.

      But in an interwebz gossip sense, it’s fun because it generates endless chatter and yet is totally inconsequential. This is why I like the interwebz.

      • M.A.F. says:

        The gossip I can get behind but everything else? I just see Bond as dated. It worked in the 60s-70s bit now? Not so much to me.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      You are not alone.

      • KTE says:

        I still enjoy them, especially since Sam Mendes started casting all my favourite thesps in them.

    • Secret squirrel says:

      I’m with you M.A.F. Never been a fan and feel the whole franchise is outdated and overdue for a long hiatus. I concede there has been some effort to modernise the character, but it still looks and feels tired.

      • pepsicola says:

        it looks and feels tired cos its based on some really outdated and dumb ideals of ‘Britishness’ and Britain’s place in the world as some sort of ‘morality police’. I’m kind of tired of the imperialistic nonsense that it purports, hiring some white str8 male is just another extension of that nonsense. Which is why the only thing exciting about the Bond stuff is the prospect of having a female bond – but it will be a cold day in the cesspools of hell before anyone allows that to happen.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      No, I have only been able to watch one Bond movie from start to finish.

    • Bay says:

      Bond, the machismo dinosaur, that even the last actor playing him got sick of? Nah, you’re not alone.

    • icerose says:

      A m I the only one who might start to watch Bond again if Susannah Bier was involved along with Tom.
      But my real wish is there is something new on the front with Mendes who did such a great job directing him in Hollow Crown.
      Loving the new Shakespeare comedy Upstart Crow

  6. lilacflowers says:

    He’ll probably never want to hear “James Bond” again by the time they finally announce the new one.

    He is here for a convention in Philadelphia this weekend and probably some business in Los Angeles. Thor Ragnorak will be filmed in Australia.

    • Sixer says:

      You’re so steadfast! I still think he would bite the arm off Babs to get cast!

      I have no fudge today, sorry. Just this second back from Hay and the food cupboards are empty. What flavour’s the cake? I’m starving! (Begs, begs).

      • Lilacflowers says:

        Wouldn’t they all bite their arm off to be Bond? I think he’ll take it if offered, who turns down Bond, but I suspect he’s finding the never-ending questions tedious.

        We have strawberry coffee cake, lemon drizzle, and red velvet cake today. And spinach pie.

      • Sixer says:

        OMG! Spinach pie! Scrub LEGS biting arms. I’ve just bitten yours.

        Look at it this way: inestimably better than keep asking him about class. At least he gets to look coy over Bond.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        Ouch! My arms!
        True about the questions and he looks very cute when playing coy. I really don’t think he’s in the running but at this point, Barb owes him a villain role

      • Secret squirrel says:

        Oh yes!! A shotgun wedding!! How marvellous that would be!

      • Annetommy says:

        I’m sorry ladies, but spinach pie sounds awful. A pie? With spinach in it?

      • bluhare says:

        Call it Florentine, Annetommy. Tastes so much better than spinach pie.

      • lilacflowers says:

        @AnneTommy, we have chicken pot pie too and some lobster.

      • Annetommy says:

        Chicken pot pie and cake thank you. I can eat vegetables another time…

    • Secret squirrel says:

      Hey Sixer. Disappointed in you. JArthy sighting a week ago and now Tom in LA which is on the way to Bora Bora. Dejevou or what!! Thought you would have been all over this!!

      @lilac. Yes, he would take Bond if offered I’m sure. Too iconic a role to pass up for Indie film fame.

      Do you do a Nutella cheesecake??

      • Sixer says:

        I was all over it! I was positively orgasmic all over that particular thread, honest. I did not let you down. How the devil are you, Squirrel?

      • Lilacflowers says:

        Whipping up a Nutella cheesecake as we speak. With chocolate cookie crust. Sixer was positively ecstatic over the reappearance of JArthy. But he’s heading to Philly, not Bora Bora this time. Expect sightings with Hayley Atwell and Chemboy.

      • Secret squirrel says:

        @Sixer. Yes I caught your JArthy excitement, but the link to LA then Bora Bora again was too tempting!! Wouldn’t it be awesome if she popped up on holiday again!

        Missed the gang so wandered back for a visit (do try to at least read TH threads when I can as they are usually entertaining!). Time difference was and still is a killer for me on this site. It is the middle of the night as I type this (I am not working tomorrow thank goodness!).

        @Lilac, unfortunately I am many hours away from where Thor will be filming or I could do some, well secret squirrel stuff!! JArthy could turn up there. It is right near the Great Barrier Reef! I suspect Tom will get progressively tanner as filming goes on! Even though it is winter here, I’m sure an English boy will still find it pleasantly warm! I unfortunately live where it regularly gets below zero so no tanning for me!

      • Sixer says:

        I WANT A WEDDING.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @Sixer, how many tiers of wedding cake?

      • Sixer says:

        At least 7876.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        I WANT A LOVE CHILD.

        *shoves hand into bag of soft baked, white chocolate macadamia nut lime cookies*

      • Sixer says:

        I WANT A SECRET HAREM UNCOVERING.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        Well, then MY identity would be revealed. That’s just TOO MUCH.

      • lilacflowers says:

        Well, the Secret Harem best get cracking on baking all those tiers of cake.

    • browniecakes says:

      check out how expensive WizardWorld is: http://wizardworld.ticketleap.com/philadelphia/

  7. Pinky says:

    This is bad news, all around.

    The Night Manager sucked. Mainly due to the script. But also Hiddleston was kind of crappy.

    Isn’t Jamie Bell in talks to play Bond too?

    –TheRealPinky

    • Sixer says:

      Harsh, harsh! I thought it was fun. Far from the best work in the LEGS canon, though, I agree. But it met the BBC’s Sunday night drama pimp slot perfectly. Criteria: bangs and crashes for the boys, totty for the girls, the odd ironic line (cf Laurie, Colman) for those with half a brain.

    • Ceeley says:

      It was shit all round really – derivative Bond Dupe, the only reason Hiddleson sort of worked in it was because the character was supposed to be abit wet and emotionally tourtured.

      The mans so goddam Fey it will never work – someone somewhere else called him the ‘nervous laugh acting’ and really that’s all he does – I have no idea how anyone thinks he is a good actor he is just another Eton boy done (unsurprisingly) good.

    • jammypants says:

      I thought he was pretty good in it. Not his best work, but definitely not crappy. Only part I didn’t believe was his tough, drug dealing Linden. Nope!

      • MI6 says:

        @Jammypants: Completely agree. TNM was fun and pretty and a bit lascivious and Hugh Laurie and Olivia Colman walked away with it. Totally didn’t buy Jack Linden either.
        And I say all this with love.
        I am not talking about Bond anymore
        #overit

    • Secret squirrel says:

      @Pinky. There were times during TNM when I thought Tom was obviously acting. I mean, he wasn’t in sync with his character and you could almost sense he was reading through the scene in his head waiting for his next line. Maybe because he was Producer as well so his mind was split?

      Bloomin’ handsome though…

      • spidey says:

        And some people just don’t seem to have clicked that Pine was acting the part of someone hiding his true feelings and acting a part.

      • Pinky says:

        @Secret squirrel YESYESYESYES! All of that!

        –TheRealPinky

      • Secret squirrel says:

        Yeah, I got that (and your sarcasm, but luckily I am not easily offended by other people’s opinions being different to mine).
        Maybe I should say I still think Tom “occasionally” disconnected from his character at times (moreso towards the end) rather than just playing a character disconnecting from his feelings. Overall I enjoyed the series but Hugh and Tom Hollander really kept me watching.

    • NUTBALLS says:

      For me, his Pine wasn’t believable. There are actors who can speak volumes without saying a word and in this role, Tom didn’t pull it off. I don’t think he has quite the range for this type of role and does better when he’s given good dialogue to work with. And the dialogue was quite laughable at times. Even if it’s straight from the book, it could be quite corny and needed revising.

      I loved Hollander and Coleman in it though and Tom looked particularly gorgeous as Pine, so there was plenty to enjoy still. It was entertaining to watch, but it didn’t knock my socks off and I won’t pay to buy the DVDs or stream it in the future.

      • MI6 says:

        As much as it pains me, @Nutballs, I have to agree.
        I can’t put my finger on it but something about this performance felt…forced? It’s incongruous with the rest of TH’s work and I think he’s brilliant, but something about it felt contrived to me. He does so much eloquent acting with his face and eyes, but perhaps did indeed suffer without good dialog (and drooling direction).
        There were also too many plot holes and character inconsistencies for me. How did Jed not expect that Roper would hear her entering the safe?? And if Roper was such a smart man, why the hell would he hand Pine his phone for so damned long in the last episode, especially since he was waterboarding Jed for working with him? Can you spell D.U.M.B.??
        These are semi-rhetorical questions for the author. Or anyone else who might like to weigh in here.

  8. CornyBlue says:

    Stop this stop this stop this.

  9. Jen says:

    I just don’t see it. I don’t have strong feelings about him one way or the other, but he’s always struck me as a little bit of a “theater kid”-not right for Bond at all.

  10. Vanna says:

    #notmybond

  11. Tiffany says:

    Suzanne Bier as director, hell yeah.

    Tommy, look, I love you. I mean, I love you but….no.

  12. KHLBHL says:

    It would be SO much progress if a female director was hired. I don’t think a female Bond would ever happen (more public backlash than if it was a non-white Bond), and I just think a male Bond makes more sense, generally speaking, given Bond’s history, world-building, and characterization. Different from say, a woman taking over the Bourne franchise. There is a significant difference between the two universes, IMO. On the other hand, a nonwhite Bond (Idris Elba, please!) is definitely a must at some point and there is no reason for this not to happen.

    But having female and/or nonwhite directors makes tons of sense and there can be absolutely no argument against. So win-win. I understand having a POC/female actor leading a major franchise is an issue of visibility and symbolic progress, but a director is a huge deal and arguably far more important because it opens more doors/jobs for more people. It leads to greater change in the industry. It kind of irritates me when studios do this thing where they match up a movie about a POC/female with a POC/female director. Like Captain Marvel = female director. And Black Panther = black director. Possible Black Widow movie = female director. I get it to some extent. They understand the viewpoint of the protagonist. A white man may or may not have some issues understanding and sympathizing with what Black Panther goes through. But this is the excuse studios make to avoid considering a woman directing a Captain America movie or an Avengers movie, for example. That’s all kinds of wrong. It should be equal and actually purposeful to make directors challenge themselves by making a movie with a viewpoint different from their own. Directors shouldn’t make movies about or for themselves. That’s why I’m excited for a woman to helm a Bond movie. This is a different kind of progress, one behind the scenes. Less obvious, but in some ways more impactful.

  13. PunkyMomma says:

    Mixed feelings on this. Hiddles has talent and I think he could pull it off — he was great in Only Lovers Life Alive. But my vote is for Idris –

    • Lilacflowers says:

      I think they’re both too well known

    • NUTBALLS says:

      I think the next Bond will be as much a surprise as Craig was.

      And, as Indiewire reported yesterday, he had a 5 film contract. They made good arguments that Craig’s deep in negotiations and all this speculation will may very well be for naught.

  14. Looty says:

    They will ruin his career if they cast him as Bond, unless they’re going to make some serious alterations to the role. However, a Bond re-cast to suit Hiddleston could be terrific fun.

    • jammypants says:

      I think too many people expect a different Bond after Craig, but I don’t mind going back to the twinkle in the eye type of Bond, but updated to fit with more modern storytelling.

  15. Sixer says:

    What about Tom Burke?

    • antipodean says:

      I’m sorry Sixer, for once I must disagree with you. While Tom Burke is certainly acting royalty, he just doesn’t have the “right look” for Bond IMHO. I really didn’t like his take in War and Peace, I think he’s too much of a journeyman to inhabit Bond, although it would be a good idea to have a younger chap take the part. That way they could wring every bit of Bond out of said chap before he gets too old. Of course it is years of commitment out of an actor’s life, so that may not be a plus to someone who would prefer a more varied career. And if they wanted to do a theatre turn they would risk having rabid loonies turning up and disturbing the ambience, a la B Cucumberpatch’s Barbican extravaganza.
      It will be interesting to see who Ms Broccoli settles on in the end. I suspect it will be some unknown worthy who will take us all by surprise, she loves doing that. Ups the relevance quotient!

    • Secret squirrel says:

      Good Bond villain maybe

    • Sixer says:

      I don’t know. I’m only chucking marginally less boring names into the hat! I like him. Probably thought of him cos the Sixlets’ favourite Musketeers is back on. I drool over Santiago Cabrera in that though, and I don’t suppose we would be allowed a Latin-looking Bond? I wouldn’t mind him. Drooling is the only point of Bond in my world, y’see.

      • antipodean says:

        There is that of course, I do love a good drool meself. Unfortunately I never really got on with Auntie’s Three Musketeers, I think I was spoiled by Michael York and Jeremy Irons, of yore. Good on you though for trying to think of a wider circle of thessie. I think our Barb will probably be doing the same.

      • Secret squirrel says:

        i know you are on and off the Tommy train but I do think a buffed up LEGS in a tailored suit with lots of sweat-inducing action scenes would be acceptable drooling material. I cringe at some (most) of the old script writing and what once passed for wit and double entendre. Dear god do not go back to those days.

        A Shakespearean Bond??
        “Hark. What arm beyond that window breaks? Tis a villain and Juliet holds the gun”

        Sorry, I am tired!

      • Sixer says:

        antipodean – left to my own devices, I wouldn’t watch it either. But it’s a Sixlet fave and there is drooling. So it could be worse!

        Squirrel – I think he could be a perfectly adequate, if boring, Bond. But I think they should look for something new.

  16. CidySmiley says:

    OKAY I’LL SAY IT:

    I don’t think he’d make a good Bond. All this hype over him and I don’t see it.

  17. MichLynn says:

    YEAH a Tom post. He works for me as Bond or my second husband or he can just come over and cut my grass shirtless while I sip sweet tea on my porch.

    • Secret squirrel says:

      I’m not sure he has ever operated a lawn mower in his life! Could make for some lovely sheepish grins and eheheheh’s, but could see some amputated toes too.

      • lilacflowers says:

        There needs to be a comedy short film in which Tom plays a character mowing a lawn for the first time.

  18. Ninette says:

    …sigh…. I am so tired of TH and James Bond.

    He is about to be Loki again. Lets talk about Loki!

    I hope he gets papped kissing Sienna Miller or EO or somebody interesting… Just enough about James Bond.

    • spidey says:

      He’s probably tired of TH and James Bond.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        And he’s about to spend a weekend at a convention where he’ll be asked endless about Bond. I want to here the teasing he gets from CHemboy and others

  19. Mira says:

    I thought TNM was amongst both Hiddleston and Biers weakest work. I can’t see what the fuss is all about.

  20. Mira says:

    I think Mendes is probably right that this isn’t going to be whoever we hear the most about in tabloids
    Deadline is a much more reliable source than british tabloids who are the ones who are touting Hiddleston after TNM.
    Deadline has confirmed that Broccoli has already discussed Bond with Jamie Bell.
    Bell would be a complete left field choice like Craig and hasn’t been on the tabloids radar before Deadline reported it. Hiddleston was being asked about this for duration of this year because and it wasn’t coming from the producers.
    I can see it being someone like Bell that nobody is talking about.

    • Cranberry says:

      I like Jamie Bell, but I think he’s probably too short to be Bond. I know it sounds harsh, but everybody is so critical regarding the physicality of who plays him. Is he sexy enough? Is he masculine enough? Is he tough enough or suave enough? But I do think it would be a great for him to be cast in the next film.

  21. browniecakes says:

    I am looking forward to the next Jason Bourne movie and I enjoyed the last two Mission Impossibles. Cruise’s Ethan Hunt is more fun to watch than the way Craig plays Bond. If we don’t have a new Bond film for a long while, I’m good.

  22. NUTBALLS says:

    Apologies for the shameless threadjack, but I just finished the Dick 3 Hollow Crown Series and have so say I thought it was brilliant. I like the directors vision and the fact that they used the same one for all three episodes. Sophie, Hugh, Keeley and Bendy put on memorable performances. I was relieved that BC didn’t overact the part… he really was a fantastic villian. You Yanks waiting for it on PBS this summer won’t be disappointed.

    • Dara says:

      Thank you for that! I was looking forward to it with an equal measure of anticipation and dread.

    • Sixer says:

      I hope you didn’t miss the Russell T Davies A Midsummer Night’s Dream, missy!

      Completely ridiculous and utterly joyful. I truly loved it. Plus, it sent the Daily Fail into a fit of the vapours.

      • spidey says:

        @ Sixer I have it recorded ready to watch, glad you liked it.

        @ nutballs, I loved the Hollow Crown, although the tapping of the fingers had me almost shouting “stop it!” More Shakespeare on TV, please.

        I am going to my cinema this month to see The Merchant of Venice and Richard II in the Globe on Screen series. :)

      • NUTBALLS says:

        Sixer, it’s in the queue for this eve! When I saw Maxine Peake was in it, I was sold.

        I’m bummed that the one showing of her Hamlet happened last month on a day I couldn’t go.

        Is Mr Sixer doing ok post op? You probably answered this elsewhere and I just haven’t read the comment yet. Been busy training and working!

      • Sixer says:

        It’s cut to 90 minutes and shamelessly mucked about with – but I defy anyone not to feel joy watching it, honest. I preferred it to both sets of Hollow Crown, which were all fine and dandy and nice and high quality and all that stuff – just boringly worthy and very BBC.

        Mr Sixer Senior (it’s my dad, not my fatterbellygutbucket) is doing ok. Moaning like hell about sleeping on his front, however. He has to do that for a week, plus head down posturing for hours during the day. Op went well though, we think.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        Sixer, had the wrong Mr Sixer, I guess. Glad to hear the Senior’s recovering and he can thank God if he doesn’t have big boobs to lay on. That can hurt!

        I don’t mind if they muck with Willy’s work as long as it’s entertaining. I’ll enjoy that 90 minutes of delicious fun.

        Spidey, I thought the nervous tapping worked well at that point in the play. It really drummed up (pun intended) the tension as he plans his response to Richmond ‘s challenge and sends the goon off to smother the kids. I particularly loved the use of the chessboard motif as he plots his ascent to the throne by offing those who stand in his way one by one.

      • spidey says:

        @ Nutballs, I enjoyed the chessboard idea, it was quite clever.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      Well, that’s a relief to hear. Judging from just the trailer, I feared we would be subjected to “scenery to chew! Scenery to chew! My country for some scenery to chew! Glad to hear he toned that down.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        I was preparing myself for a cringefest, but he pulled off the brooding, murderous villain really well. I thoroughly enjoyed his interpretation of Richard III. I found that particular line “My Kingdom for a Horse” actually kinda funny when he said it repeatedly. Perhaps it wasn’t meant that way though!

      • lilacflowers says:

        It’s a death scene so I wouldn’t expect comic relief.

      • Annetommy says:

        The (Scottish) Sunday Herald felt some scenery chewing went on, starting the review with “nail down the carpets….” Am slightly ashamed to say I didn’t watch it – yet.

      • spidey says:

        When I went to see a stage production that bit of the speech was accompanied by the sound of a helicopter! :roll:

        One of my thoughts on Shakespearian tragedies is “how many pages does it take them to die”

      • KTE says:

        In the McKellan film version when he said ‘horse’ he meant ‘small tank’.

        I didn’t go mad for Bendy’s RIII. I missed the humour. But then I’d seen the McKellan recently, and I’ve also seen Mark Rylance play him. Cumberbatch is a good actor but he’s not quite at their level yet!

        I wasn’t keen on his Hamlet, either – TBH I think I prefer him in more contemporary roles.

  23. madly says:

    THEO is dead, this site isn’t going to get a sophie hunter 2.0 situation out of it. Gotta wait until he is actually engaged to someone for that to happen. Even Jarthy can’t bring the heat these days. My money is on her having a boyfriend already.

    • Dara says:

      Since neither is going out of their way to see the other and there are more proclamations about single-hood, it may have finally run its course. But THEO seemed to have nine lives for a while. The tabs kept dropping hints and we (ok, me) dismissed it because they hadn’t been in the same country for months – then EO pops up in London. After a brief flurry, things quieted down when they both seemed to scoff at the idea at TIFF – but then EO shows up in Hawaii. Granted, all of the “evidence” of a romance is supremely circumstantial. I’m starting to think maybe they really are just friends.

      • jammypants says:

        yea I don’t see romance either, more like friends (and sometimes with benefits at most).

      • NUTBALLS says:

        Friends with benefits, of which the marketing ones no longer apply. They may stir the rumor mill if they work together again… it was good publicity, especially for Lizzy.

  24. KTE says:

    Have you looked at the schedules?! I’m not sure they’ll have time for teasing him! I expect all three of them will be signing autographs in their sleep afterwards.

    I’m expecting to hear tales of hideously entitled fan behaviour from the panels, but hey, if you’ve paid those kind of prices for a ticket I guess you *are* entitled….

    Edit: sorry, this was meant to be in reply to Likac and Sixer re: the convention in Philly.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      Yes, I have. I suspect they’re being paid well because there doesn’t even seem time for bathroom breaks.

      Also, is there another Jaguar ad coming?

      • KTE says:

        Seems like there must be – can’t imagine why he would tweet with #Ad and a pic otherwise.

  25. BFDL says:

    Every time I look at Tom I’m reminded of the gif of Katy Perry morphing into him. https://www.buzzfeed.com/mrloganrhoades/loki-from-the-avengers-looks-exactly-like-katy-perry?utm_term=.frelREv2J#.yhnnVa28v

    He has a wonderful voice but unless he gains 15 lbs of muscle, I don’t see Bond.

  26. Suzanne says:

    What is the obsession with this guy on Celebitchy? EVERY day I see him on here….I’m tired of him….with all the celebs in the world…can’t we see someone besides this skeleton looking dude?

    • Agnieszka says:

      I came to Celebitchy first time 5 days ago folowing James Bond breadcrumbs cause I’m really interested who’ll get the role….but soon I realized this site actually exists only for Hiddleston, everything around is just decor…it’ s a sacred place of worshipping St Tom. But unfortunately it seems that his life is so damn boring so they are constantly fantasizing and making up all sorts of ridiculous and paranoid rummors. It’ s actually fascinanting for a neutral bystander like me ( though I think he’s a fine and decently looking actor). Having said that, I’m out of here…this Hiddlecrazinesss might be contagious…and I’m too old for that shit:-)

      • Sixer says:

        I make up many rummors. I’m like the residant rummor factery. Rummors rule the world. My favourite is the SECRET HAREM. I think there is no joy in the world without a good rummor or two. New words are fun, don’t you think?

      • Miss Jupitero says:

        I have all kinds of mixed feelings about the Hiddles. Bits that I like blended with a constant feeling that there isn’t much there there, swirled in with a genuine appreciation of eye candy.

        Really though I like the Hiddles threads because the comments are usually pretty fun and I like the people who hang out here.

        Though there are a handful of posters who carry torches of impressive weight and heat, well suitable for toasting marshmallows, I think most folks here are pretty down to earth. There is no Saint Hiddles.

      • lilacflowers says:

        And yet Agnieska herself tried to make up character impugning rumors. Hardly neutral. This sight actually exists to discuss Kardashian clothing choices but nobody is forced to read any threads.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        Well, to be fair she only came to this site FIVE days ago and apparently doesn’t read the comments that take the piss out of him. She hasn’t seen me swing from lusty fantasizing to snark and eye-rolling, apparently.

        I have to say that for a self-professed neutral bystander, she sure had a lot of strong opinions to express about Lord Dragonfly.

        But hey, look at the bright side — it takes at least three clicks to comment on a post, so we now have six more to add to ours. Moar Hiddles!

      • Cranberry says:

        “this site actually exists only for Hiddleston, everything around is just decor”

        Yeah, only five days on this site and you’re already starting your own rumors. Why do people insist that TH, or Leggs as sixer says, is the only celebrity thread on CB? I can only surmise that they’re frustrated that the male celebrities they like are not put up enough. Oh well, good luck and thanks for the clicks.

    • Dara says:

      It’s really not EVERY day – maybe a couple of days a week max, but I hear you. I personally could do without so many articles about Kardashian, Bieber and a few others I diligently try to ignore…but they seem intent on popping up so much that what remains of my soul is gradually being sucked out of my body.

      You’ll find plenty of criticism of Hiddles around these parts, even from the people who adore him. But most of it is A) a well-reasoned observation rather than a rant or B) if it is a rant, it’s usually from someone who contributes on a regular basis and everyone knows they aren’t trying to piss off hard-core fans just to get a reaction.

      I personally enjoy hearing new voices – it does get a little dull without variety – but tact and humor go much further than if you drop in to do some aggressive eye-rolling and being all smug about how much better you are than the rest of us.

      • lilacflowers says:

        @Dara, please have an entire bottle of champagne and whichever cake you like. And I did manage to hide some spinach pie from Sixer if you would like some.

    • NUTBALLS says:

      Suzanne, exaggerate much? There’s such a thing as scrolling past, It’s easy and keeps the blood pressure down.

      Agnieszka, the most covered male is Bendy Cumbers. Just wait until Dr Strange promo starts, you’ll be saying the same thing about him. Watch how often the Cambridges, Kardashians, Affleck/Garners, and Aniston are featured here. Tom’s not any more popular than they are. What’s strange is he doesn’t do anything controversial and he still gets the clicks! Then again, we talk about a wide variety of topics on his posts. For the regulars here, it’s like our little hangout and we go down a lot of rabbit trails.

      ETA: Wanna guess how many Heard/Depp posts we’ve had in the past week? Sixteen.

      • lilacflowers says:

        Shall we discuss the proper way to make a pot of tea again? That’s always good for several dozen posts.

      • Sixer says:

        Is there a correct way to spit your already-made tea over your keyboard when Kaiser writes something funny? Because I just did that on the Taylor Swift post. TIDDLES! Dying!

      • lilacflowers says:

        I believe that you must pretend that you intended to do that, while daintily cleaning it up with a doily-covered Teddy Bear and acting like nothing untoward happened.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        Someone needs to remind me of the proper way to use silverware at the table. two utensils at all times or does one suffice? That educational thread came after the one about whether he’s a lefty or righty when taking care of himself.

        Tiddles!!!

        Sixer, watched Cunk on Shakespeare last night. She’s a hoot! My favorite gag line was “Romeo and Juliet fall in love, even though they’re from two different families. Which is how we know it isn’t set in Norfolk.”

      • Sixer says:

        Gotsta love the Cunk, right?! I love the eye-rolling.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        Like a schoolgirl who is so over it.

      • spidey says:

        @ Sixer, please don’t make jokes about spitting your tea over the keyboard. I did it once – disaster!

      • NUTBALLS says:

        Sixer, my son is reading the most delightful book for his required summer reading called “Can’t you make them behave, King George?”. Have you heard of it? We’re both enjoying the story of the conscientious, rule-following king that can’t get those rebellious colonists to toe the line. It’s been a fun read for my son and seeing things from another perspective.

      • Sixer says:

        I don’t know it but I just looked and it looks quite like our Horrible Histories book series by Terry Deary. Irreverent but accurate? If so, me likey! Horrible Histories has an associated BBC children’s show, btw, well worth downloading for the little ones. Website with iPlayer links here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/shows/horrible-histories.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        Ahh… lovely. My kids watched a couple of them just now and enjoyed them. Thanks!

    • spidey says:

      @ Suzanne and Agnieszka That’s fine, it was never compulsory to keep coming to CB let alone the Tom threads.

      In fact, I can never understand the mentality of folks who keep clicking on the threads about people they say they don’t like or in whom they have no interest” It just seems a little odd.

  27. what's inside says:

    I think he’s got what it takes to be Bond.

  28. SloaneY says:

    I’m waiting for the rumors to start….Swifty and whoever her boyfriend was broke up….cue the dancing videos and home wrecker Hiddles memes..

  29. MB says:

    I think this is a bait and switch. These stories are being leaked to make people think that hiddles will be the new Bond, only so everyone is completely surprised and blindsided by the actual choice. The same thing happened with Clive Owen.
    Everyone was convinced he would be the new bond and there were several reports about him being in the final stages of negotiation and then suddenly BOOM it was Daniel Craig all along.
    I think whoever is chosen as Bond will be as equally unexpected as Daniel was.

    • lilacflowers says:

      Exactly.

    • KTE says:

      I’m not sure that it’s a deliberate bait-and-switch as much as the press making up stuff that bears no relation to reality, people believing it, the press making up more of it because it’s selling well, and before you know it you have people believing something is s sure thing when it was never anything but fantasy.

      There are still people around who think that Hiddleston is playing ‘the third Holmes brother’ in the next series of Sherlock, and he has outright denied that! Even the ‘third Holmes Brother’ bit of that rumour is pure speculation – pretty sure such a character doesn’t actually exist.

      • lilacflowers says:

        I think that with the UK popularity of The Night Manager, the British tabloids were going to start paying more attention to him and they have done a tremendous amount to fuel the Bond rumors just to sell ads. The DM has had a recycled fluff piece on him almost every other day for weeks now and the Sun and Mirror are following right along.

      • KTE says:

        It’s been quite amusing how they’ve been trawling through his life looking for something, anything, to write a story about.
        They even wrote a story about his great uncle who died in WW1!

        I thought they were the worst offenders, until I saw the Radio Times yesterday. They’ve put him on the front cover (well, OK, under the Euro 2016 wall chart wrap, so it’s not immediately visible) because they have a 1 paragraph quote from Melvin Bragg about him winning a South Bank award. It’s bonkers.

      • Annetommy says:

        If was hoping against hope that he would make even a fleeting appearance as Magnus in the final Wallenders, but apparently not. Shame. Kudos to Bendy a few months ago for coming back to the radio to wrap up Cabin Pressure, but I suppose if Tom can’t he can’t.

      • Dara says:

        @Annetommy, I really enjoy when actors come back to their old shows – even for short cameos, i.e. Matthew MacFadyen in the last episode of Spooks, Clooney in ER. It would have been fun to see Magnus finally get to kick down a door…

      • Cranberry says:

        @Dara
        And Will Garner in the final episode of The Good Wife. So sad it’s over. :-(

  30. NUTBALLS says:

    Brie Larson as Captain Marvel? I’m down with that.

    http://variety.com/2016/film/news/brie-larson-captain-marvel-1201786876/

    • lilacflowers says:

      So, Emily Blunt is out of the talks. At this point, there are almost as many competitors for Captain Marvel as there are for Bond.

      • KTE says:

        It is kind of funny how many people Marvel has hired lately who have previously worked with Tom. It’s probably a coincidence (acting’ a small world) but he must be getting loads of phone calls asking what it’s really like to work with them.