There’s ‘absolutely no way’ Tom Hiddleston will be James Bond, UK author says


Chances are pretty good that your father, perhaps even your grandfather, read a Frederick Forsyth novel at some point. Forsyth wrote such spy classics as The Odessa File, The Day of the Jackal, The Dogs of War and more. He’s 77 years old and still writing. He’s also pretty well-connected, apparently. Forsyth claims, in a new interview, that he got a hot tip from Barbara Broccoli, the producer of the James Bond films and co-owner of the Bond franchise. It’s often said that Barbara Broccoli chooses the new James Bonds, and it’s widely believed that she’s quietly interviewing new candidates for Bond as we speak. Well, Forsyth’s hot tip is that Tom Hiddleston is never, ever going to get it.

Tom Hiddleston is out of the running to be the next James Bond, according to spy thriller writer Frederick Forsyth. The Night Manager actor had at one point been bookmakers’ favourite to succeed Daniel Craig as 007. But he has dropped to fourth in the race, behind Poldark’s Aidan Turner, American Hustle’s Jack Huston and Granchester’s James Norton.

Now 77-year-old Forsyth, author of best-selling thriller The Day Of The Jackal, claims that an anonymous source told him there was “no way” Hiddleston would ever be handed the role. He told the Mail on Sunday: “I got a tip the other day which I’ll share with you. I understand (Bond producer) Barbara Broccoli is absolutely no way going to pick Tom Hiddleston. No. Way.”

The author added that he could never see a female in the role either.

“A Janie Bond? I don’t think so. I’m going to be sexist here, I don’t think it has the credibility. The public are die-stamped with the idea that Wexford is a fella; Morse is a fella; Lewis is a fella. There is Vera, but the others…Rosemary and Thyme? I just can’t believe them. They simply don’t convince.”

[From The Daily Mail]

Of course this won’t put the speculation to rest. The speculation won’t end until a new Bond is announced, and when that time comes, the stories will be about why certain other candidates didn’t get the gig. I’ve said all along that Hiddleston-as-Bond is a pipe dream cooked up by rabid Dragonflies, so it wouldn’t surprise me at all if Forsyth is telling the truth and he did hear a hot tip from the Bond camp. It also wouldn’t surprise me to learn that Barbara Broccoli has zero interest in hiring a woman to play Bond. Even if Tom did have an outside chance of even making the Bond shortlist, the Tiddlebanging ended it.

Also: more bad news for Hiddles, perhaps. The Guardian had a fascinating column about how Britain has already reached Peak Posh and maybe the tide is turning towards a revival of celebrating actors and artists with more working-class roots. As in, maybe someone more working-class would be chosen for James Bond, perhaps? Is Aidan Turner working class?


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  1. Bonzo says:

    Can I click my heels three times and make it be true??

    Norton or Turner, pretty please.

  2. Rinakaterina says:

    Aidan was hot as a hobbit, so I believe he is perfect for the role. Plus he’s Irish, I wish he could keep the accent too!!

  3. CornyBlue says:

    Please lord let it be Luke Pasqualino. Or Jack o Connel .

  4. Luca76 says:

    I don’t think he was ever going to be James Bond. He’d basically said that himself several times, and it would be awful casting. I have no interest in anyone but Idris in the role so since that’s not going to happen I really wish they would just stop talking about it.

  5. Lara K says:

    Posh or not, what did Hiddles in was the parade of vomitous PDA’s capped by that tank top and the paper undies.

    Bond is not about class, he’s about effortless raw sex appeal. Hiddles is now just kind of icky.

  6. shelly says:

    I’d love them to completely flummox the media by hiring Johnny Lee Miller or Mark Strong (my favourite baldy crush) to play Bond.

    Never going to happen though.

  7. Jem says:

    James Norton!!!! He’d be brilliant!

  8. Squiggisbig says:

    I think that under Wig-snatching law now Kim K should ascend to the Bond throne

  9. Skyblue says:

    My dad probably hasn’t read Frederick Forsyth but I have! I love The Odessa File.

  10. Fedfan says:

    Aidan Turner isn’t posh. I feel like both he and James Norton are too good for Bond but who can turn down the exposure that role would bring?

  11. pikawho? says:

    I want a young Bond, a female Bond, or Idris Elba (with at least 1 nude scene). Creepy, fame thirsty dudes with tragic hairlines need not not apply.

  12. Mandy says:

    I cannot believe this guy came after Rosemary and Thyme. Words cannot express my bad feelings about his statement. I simply disagree. A lot.

    For me, I’d love to see James Norton. But I wouldn’t mind a more working class guy. Where are all the Richard Burton type men?!

  13. happyXamp says:

    Turner isn’t posh. His mom’s an accountant, dad’s an electrician.

  14. spidey says:

    The whole idea of TH being cast as Bond was surely all paper talk? He said months ago that it wasn’t going to be him. Was that to stop the embarrassing chatter, because he knew he wouldn’t be getting it, because he didn’t want it? We don’t know but if it hadn’t been for The Night Manager which was filmed ages before DC’s comments, but unfortunately came out around the same time, would Tom have even been mentioned in this connection?

  15. HH says:

    Janie Bond? First off, if that’s the name you came up with, of course there’s no credibility. That’s dumb.

  16. everlyB says:

    What a relief, hallelujah 😎

  17. Snazzy says:

    I’m just here to say I love Forsyth’s books.

  18. Neelyo says:

    Dating Swift or not, he lacks stature and more importantly, danger. Maybe because he’s got a small head but there’s just nothing about him that would make a head turn when he enters or make anyone feel threatened.

  19. MrsFToYou says:

    What about a fake red head bond? Sam Heughan isn’t posh and well his IS hot.

  20. Sixer says:

    Aidan Turner is Irish. He isn’t eligible for the posh/not-posh Britisher classifications. He gets to just be Aidan Turner, which I’m sure is a great relief for him.

    • Miss Jupitero says:

      Being half Irish myself, I am sooo biased. I really do hope if he is Bond he uses his own accent. It is like melted gold.

    • Lurker says:

      This!! I was trying to decide what class he’d be, according to the British, and I have no idea. I don’t know what class I’d be either. Ireland simply doesn’t work like that.

    • LAK says:

      If Aidan Turner is Irish then that crosses him off the list.

      Ever since they instituted the country x rule of film financing, passports matter if you wish to take advantage of tax breaks. James Bond can’t be described as British whilst using a non British actor in the lead role. That was one of the reasons Pierce Brosnan was chucked. Blame this rule on Gordon Brown.

      There is a criteria you have to meet including lead character’s origins in order to qualify for tax breaks. Every film takes advantage of tax breaks, and the accounting on a micro level to make a production fit is really creative.

    • Sixer says:

      I don’t know how they describe it all in Ireland.

      But the discussion re: Bond is ALL about the British class system. So however they do it in Ireland, it just doesn’t apply here, you know? Turner is just Irish and therefore exempt from the posh v pleb discussion.

      Worth pointing out, however, that up until Irish independence (and even after, up until colonial immigration from the Caribbean and Indian subcontinent post WW2), if you were Irish AND Catholic, you were very much at the bottom of the then-British social stratification. But that doesn’t count today.

      • Tina says:

        @Sixer, from my understanding, there is still an elite in Dublin that sends its children to public schools and universities like TCD. It used to be a Protestant elite but I’m sure it’s no longer exclusively so. I don’t know enough about the Irish class system to comment further but I think it’s significantly down to economics these days.

      • Sixer says:

        Yes. Much less intense – like most countries except us!

        I could ask Mr Sixer’s parents, who are Irish Catholics, but they have zero interest in this sort of thing so would probably just shrug. Ipso fatso!

        (Ipso fatso is the pig Latin/Latin pun we used at school to annoy the teacher.)

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @Sixer, it counted in my family as long as my grandmother was alive. She never accepted my Irish Catholic mother as a suitable wife for her son. One of her own daughters converted to Catholicism after marrying an Italian-American, also unacceptable, but she never told her parents.

      • Sixer says:

        Lilac – Irish were the lowest of the low here right up until black and brown people started coming after WWII. Hence the famous lodgings signs: “no blacks, no dogs, no Irish”. Both sets of Mr Sixer’s grandparents came here as “navvies” and it wasn’t nice for them.


      • Miss Jupitero says:

        I got to hear all about this from my Irish grandfather– who was known to send his whiskey back at restaurants if they dared to pour him Bushmills (“that Protestant whiskey!”) He was born in 1888, and so was an adult when Ireland went independent. He did not have an easy time of it.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        Shops advertising available jobs here would list “No Irish Need Apply” up into the Depression-era, even though Boston was well into a long string of Irish mayors by that point. My dad just quietly stood up to his mother and married who he wanted. We later discovered that my mom’s family (her grandparents, great grandparents and beyond sent money to support the uprisings and that her father secretly sent money to Sinn Fein.

      • Sixer says:

        You still get an amount of sectarianism even in mainland UK cities (eg Glasgow, Liverpool). One football team will be the historically Proddy one; the other the historically Roman Candle.

        I think it shows the slight difference in racism each side of the Pond. Here, it has a great deal to do with the most recent imported labour – hence Irish, then black/brown ex-colonial immigrants, now Poles and other Eastern Europeans – in addition to skin colour. (ETA – noting what Lilac said, so perhaps not so different!)

        Everyone has forgotten that they used to look down on the Irish now, though. It’s a shame they can’t just see the historical cycles and stop looking down on the people they’re looking down on TODAY instead.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @Sixer, I see it as the Haves pitting the Have Nots against one another to maintain their power. If the working class and lower middle class are worried about losing their jobs to the latest wave of immigrants or those welfare moms eating up their tax dollars while they work hard, they don’t notice that the Donald Trumps and Mitt Romneys are rigging the system

      • Sixer says:

        Yep. Classic divide and rule. See (in part, at least): Brexit.

  21. Maire3 says:

    This CB update is the first time I’ve seen Jack Huston name checked for the role. Though his Boardwalk Empire work was stellar, I wouldn’t have thunk it. But then again, he bulked up for the Ben Hur remake due out this month. Some PA will be tasked to screen it and take notes.

    Whoever they choose, the writing of the character will probably be adjusted to fit a profile/narrative the actor can deliver. I remember hearing my male friends in an uproar about Daniel Craig casting: “Blond Bond, hail nawr”. I told them all to watch The L4yer Cake. That quickly changed their minds.

  22. MI6 says:

    On another note, anybody want to take bets on an LA pap walk this weekend? I’m firmly in the “NO” camp. SAG is serious stuff, and I don’t think Hiddles will risk any more ridicule by making this about the Pop Tart. He can’t appear the buffoon in front of his colleagues during an Emmy campaign, even if he is a long shot.

  23. Christianna says:

    Aiden Turner. Yes. He’s rugged enough.

  24. Favorite quote of Hiddles playing Bond, “No. Way.”

  25. Sue says:

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  26. Moon says:

    I love Aidan turner too much to want him as Bond – Daniel Craig is a hard bond to follow! But as an actor I think he should take the chance if offered – it’s a lucrative paying gig (and that’s harder and harder to come by for an actor these days, even movie stars and directors are turning to tv) and it’ll open up doors for indie films and Broadway gigs if he’s so inclined. Having a recognizable name is so important these days.

  27. HoustonGrl says:

    I for one will not be reading his books. Sexist pig.

  28. Oya says:

    What if The HiddlesTeam is being smarter at PR than most people are giving them credit for? If The great Tiddlesbanging of 2016 is not for Bond, then was it for an Emmy nod for The Night Manage (which U.S. audiences weren’t all that into?) Or is there a long game? An image makeover–rom cons? the next Hugh Grant?

    OF course it could all be real celebrity-love, in which case I side-eye Hiddleston’s taste & his PR folk are making the best of those explosion of gangly blandness.

  29. lile says:

    The Bond films are seriously played out. They don’t appeal to the younger generation at all. Sure, there are still some old-timers who might be interested, but that won’t equal a box-office hit. If I were an actor, I would stay away from this one. I agree with the comments saying that its time to hang it up!

  30. dana says:

    Thing is… Hiddles was never the attractive guy, hes the posh goodie two shoes bbc guy. The whole Taylor thing screamed hot guy desperate for acknowledgment by pop culture and it just was beneath him. Orlando Bloom is hot guy, not serious actor. Hiddles is serious actor who has to work to be hot. Tom needs to figure out his life. Also I never liked how he responded to press with Elizabeth Olsen and his previous dates… there’s something off with his personality in the couple arena. Watch him.

  31. Dippit says:

    I think TNM was his ‘audition’ for his chance to audition for Bond. If all he had to do was present a reel from Eps1 and 6, then maybe. Throughout the rest of the piece he was a weaker link; definitely outshone by Laurie, Coleman, and Hollander.

    I think his Publicist (new LA division) advised him to get his name out there as US/Worldwide recognisable QUICKLY – they chose the wrong method (an arrangement with Swift). He went from “ehh, on the list for consideration” to “over exposed/saturated (in the WRONG way)” practically overnight and his name was scratched.

    I say Turner or Norton. Outside bet Christian Cooke.

    /This now has me feeling fondly for Damian Lewis’ ridiculously overblown campaigning for Bond. His Jaguar Ad 😂😂😂

    • Guesto says:

      @Dippit – Agree. TNM was him looking to change his game and be seen in a more ‘edgy’ light. Unfortunately, all TNM proved was that he’s about as ‘edgy’ as Mr Bean.

      Its still a bit of a puzzle though how someone looking to be taken more seriously could have agreed to a hook-up with someone who makes Mr Bean look dangerously Bond-like.

    • spidey says:

      TNM was filmed well before there was any suggestion of DC leaving the Bond franchise though.

    • Cranberry says:

      After rummaging over all the actors that keep coming up these many months of Bond speculation. I have come to realize that, aside from Idris, Damian Lewis is the only other actor that would be a good match for the Bond ‘type’ as well as being interesting, intense and dangerous. No he’s not young and beautiful, but Bond is not supposed to be a pretty boy, he’s supposed to have commanding presence of authority coupled with a slyness and mysterious intensity. Most the other actors like Turner and Norton seem too young and inexperienced as far as their presence on screen. They just don’t have the personality to bring something edgy and spry to the role. Lewis has that in spades, and he’s done extremely well with these kind of roles – action, mystery, intensity. It’s the fact that he’s not Mr. beautiful, that his looks are unique if not very appealing, which allows him to have a more cultivated acting personality. Above all else, the Bond character should have those traits, even over good looks.

  32. Beach girl says:

    Tom will have an interview with LA Times this Thurs at 3pm and they are soliciting questions. It looks like this and the SAG QA Friday could possibly be live?

    LA Entertainment Twitter.

  33. Feebee says:

    Hiddleston was never going to be Bond. Even at his most Bondie-like he always came across as Bond-lite. I don’t want to say unmasculine but kind of given Craig’s Bond. Seriously thinking Roger Moore’s Bond could take Hiddleston’s in a fight. Perhaps not a la Bourne but something clever but eyerollingly campy and that would be even worse.

    I liked the look of the young guy from The Kingsmen with Colin Firth. Name escapes me right now… Maybe too young, too green but maybe later, see how his career pans out. I’ll have to look up the guys being considered. Can’t put faces to the names.

  34. Fa says:

    Now low key aka Tom has an Instagram account so selling his image hard has just start

  35. Fa says:

    Guess most his followers on Instagram are T S fanbase

  36. nicegirl says:

    I love Idris for the role, but if he’s out, I’m thinking TOM HARDY is my Bond. Rough and tough and sexy . . .

  37. Beach girl says:

    @Bonzo. I agree with #1. Also it feels to be Marvel related, since many of the Thor cast have been using IG. Mark jusT left OZ sO maybe it was to replace his IG? I’m hoping it will be similar to his current use of Twitter, strictly business and possibly Unicef related.

    Unfortunately I am also am bracing for the inevitable “reunion” and date night, along with the possibility of her returning to OZ with him……

  38. shelly says:

    Right I’m going to say it and I’m expecting lots of hate.

    I don’t like Daniel Craig as Bond. In fact I think DC looks like Norman Wisdom.

    There I’ve said it. *runs and hides from outraged CB’ers*

  39. Abigail says:

    Fassbender is my first choice; after him, Mark Strong or Elba.

  40. iheartgossip says:

    OH TOMMY! And after you sold your soul to TayTay. Big OOOOoops on your part!

  41. platospopcorn says:

    WHATEVER! Babs Broccoli can stay the &^%* away from my new boyfriend though. (Stop your ears, LAK…Sixer has warned me about your claims on Norton! :P ) James deserves better, and he’s already possibly out of the running because he’s the BBC’s new IT-boy — Following on the heels of The Night Manager success, the Beeb is planning to shell out mucho dinero to adapt another novel to mini-series format, complete with around the world shooting locations and hopefully LOTS of Norton’s bare chest for optimum ratings. I CAN’T WAIT <3

    Norton is soooooo good. Honestly. I never understood it until I UNDERSTOOD IT. There's no going back. I kind of wish I could go back…

  42. Miss Melissa says:

    Please yes, Jack Huston.

    That is all.

  43. EM says:

    The Night Manager pretty much shows why Hiddleston is not suited for Bond.

  44. Beach girl says:

    Tom spotted at Brisbane airport chatting with fans. Looks like Qantas air overnight arriving LAX 6am Wed.

  45. Tara says:

    Wait. Did he just dis mis chicas, Rosemary & Thyme?!! Chingate, Fredrick Forsythe!

  46. Fa says:

    Robert D Jr. making fun of Tom t-shirt (I heart T.Stark)

  47. Cranberry says:

    I’d rather see Loki have his own movie than see another Bond film. That is unless it’s Idris, but he’s all but said he’s out. As for Norton, you can keep him. He’s a fine actor, but I find him boring. So if he gets Bond that would keep things about the same for me cause I find Bond boring too. I vote Bond franchise takes ten year rest. It needs it.