Does Tom Hiddleston think Taylor Swift ‘cost him the role of James Bond’?


Taylor Swift Splits From Tom Hiddleston ***FILE PHOTOS***

I never believed that Tom Hiddleston was a serious contender for the role of James Bond. I think he probably took a few meetings, possibly with Bond producer Barbara Broccoli, but I just never bought that Hiddles would be a real candidate to replace Daniel Craig. Those rumors sprang up last year, and many believed that Tom’s relationship with Taylor Swift was his way of getting his name out there and “campaigning” for the role. I never really believed that either – I think The Glorious Tiddlebanging was designed to increase his visibility, for sure, but it was not specifically about Bond. In any case, The Glorious Tiddlebanging blew up in Tom’s face, big time. Reportedly, Barbara Broccoli dismissed him as “too smug” and “not tough,” and that “I heart T.S.” shirt probably didn’t help. But does Tom “blame” Taylor for ruining his James Bond chances?

Tom Hiddleton blames Taylor Swift for losing the chance to play James Bond, according to a new tabloid report. In the new issue of Star, the headline is, “Tom Blames Taylor For Bond Bust!” The gossip magazine claims Hiddleston is “convinced” Swift is the reason why he won’t be taking over for Daniel Craig in the film franchise. The actor was “in talks to replace” Craig, maintains the outlet, but “it was his high-profile romance with the pop star that cost him the role.”

The tabloid alleges Hiddleston’s negotiations recently ended, and references an unverified report that claimed producer Barbra Broccoli found him “too smug and not tough enough” to take on the iconic Bond character. But given that he and Swift broke up last September, it doesn’t make sense that their short-lived romance would affect the outcome of a potential movie project seven months later. A so-called “source” contends to the publication that Hiddleston “refuses to accept that maybe he’s just not Bond material, and their publicity stunts backfired.”

“He wants to blame her for everything,” the magazine’s supposed snitch continues. This alleged tipster even asserts Hiddleston “hates being associated” with the superstar.

[From Gossip Cop]

Gossip Cop goes on to to say – without citing any specific denial – that Tom is not really holding Taylor responsible for losing the James Bond role, nor does he want to get back with her. I don’t think he blames Taylor for anything specific as losing a role, but I do wonder if he has some general feelings of “Taylor manipulated that situation” and he felt a mixture of regret, shame and blame. It wouldn’t be a breakup if people didn’t lash out and blame their exes for dumb sh-t. In the case of the Glorious Tiddlebanging, I’d say that both parties acted like dumbasses.

Taylor Swift Splits From Tom Hiddleston ***FILE PHOTOS***

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  1. Sam says:

    Sorry but that’s all on him. He’s a grown man. No one forced him to do any of the embarrassing stuff that he did. Taylor Swift aside I’m tired of folks doing dumb crap in relationships and then blaming their ex for it. Just stop it and own up to your embarrassing ways. As for the Bond role…let’s be real…he was never a serious contender for it anyways.

    • their ginger says:

      You actually believe THE STAR?

    • MsGoblin says:

      I don’t understand all the swooning over this guy. IMHO, he’s quite unremarkable.

      • justme says:

        Everyone has different tastes. “Tastes differ said the old maid as she kissed the cow”. (That is an old saying, but very true). Some of the actors others are crazy about don’t interest me in the slightest. But I wouldn’t bother to go on threads about them and say so to their fans.
        As for Swift and Tom, they were together about 3 months, only 2 months of which were they even on the same continent. He may have regrets about the relationship, but he’ll never say anything about it. As for Bond, he publicly said that Craig was Bond and he didn’t think it would even be offered to him — and that was before the Rhode Island rocks pictures. I think he currently is intermittently filming Avengers 3 and 4 right now – and it is a Marvel secret.

      • Beth says:

        Everyone definitely have different tastes. So many think Lisa Bonets husband, the guy from GOT is so hot and sexy, but I don’t agree at all. I have a picture of LB ex-husband Lenny Kravitz(beautiful sexy) and one of Tom Hiddleston(adorable sexy) on my bedroom door. 2 of the sexiest guys in the world in my opinion. Not everyone would agree.

      • NYCgal says:

        @Justme- this is not a fanboard and people are allowed to say they don’t find him attractive without his fans getting all butthurt. I don’t get his appeal either.

      • justme says:

        @NYCgal – I’m not butthurt. I just wondered why folks bother. But they are certainly free to. I don’t find Tom Hardy particularly attractive, although he is a very good actor. I wouldn’t bother telling everyone on a Tom Hardy thread that I didn’t find him attractive – that’s all. But it is immaterial. You are free to dislike any Tom you want. (Or even Dick or Harry! :) We all have different tastes.

  2. Bridget says:

    Nope. Why does Tom keep trying to save face about James Bond? It was never going to happen. EVeryone forgot that Daniel Craig still had another movie on his contract.

  3. OhDear says:

    He’s been saying for forever that he was never considered for the role, no?

    Though I don’t doubt he regrets associating with Swift (though IMO it wouldn’t have been so embarrassing had it been rolled out like most celebrities instead of like some teenage 1950s-style dating fantasy).

  4. Grace says:

    Really? We are STILL talking about this? *tearing my hair out in bored-to-death corner*
    Whatever happened between these two did not cost him the Bond job. He was never Bond material.

  5. Lightpurple says:

    THIS IS SO BORING! Hasn’t this nonsense been done to death? Why is Star dredging it up again now? Can’t we be done with it? He himself said over a year ago, before even meeting that woman, that he was NOT up for Bond. He’s off working on something, as he said he was going to be at the end of the Kong PR tour, and seems to pop up only on weekends during his morning run and coffee excursions. God only knows if he has even thought of that woman in months unless someone throwS her in his face. THIS IS SO BORING!

    I need Shakespeare recitations to ducks. I need snake hip dancing. I need something silly and fun. Just not another mention of Bond or that woman again. SO BORING!

  6. Alleycat says:

    I love that most of her exes kind of hate being associated with her. They all shy away from speaking about their time with her, it just makes me so curious how she is in these “relationships”. That said, as much as I dislike Taylor, these men KNEW what they were getting into, so they get no sympathy from me.

  7. Nanny to the Rescue says:

    Since he was clear about not being in the run for James Bond even before he dated Swift, this is highly unlikely.

  8. Clare says:

    If I were him, I’d be embarrassed, too. But not because of what Taylor did, but because he 100% participated in their mutual famewhoring. I mean, maybe she manipulated the situation – wouldn’t put it past her, given her history – but hes a grown man who played along….so own your shenanigans!

    • delorb says:

      He has always struck me as someone ‘knowing’. Someone who knows how the game is played and doesn’t mind playing it. I think he went into this fakenship with his eyes wide open. What neither of them anticipated was the number of people who just didn’t buy their ‘true love’ story. I loved it but never bought them as a couple. I couldn’t get enough of them, but not for one second did I believe it was real. I even wish they were still going strong because it was hilarious to watch. Like a trainwreck, but without the carnage and any lasting effect on either career.

  9. their ginger says:

    Sorry to pull the old lady card, but here goes. Way back in the silent movie era there was a popular, handsome actor named John Gilbert. Among other things, he had a long affair with Greta Garbo. When talking pictures came in, Gilbert’s career faded. Rumors arose everywhere that it was because Gilbert had a terrible voice. It was not true. Nevertheless, it became a part of Hollywood lore, so much so that the legend was part of SINGING IN THE RAIN, only with a female star. The Bond nonsense with Hiddleston is much the same. There is no credible evidence that Hiddleston was ever considered for Bond, only rumors, which for some reason people continue to believe.

    • Annetommy says:

      Interesting analogy. I believe John Gilbert did indeed have a perfectly acceptable voice. Jean Hagen as Lina Lamont in SITR is a performance for the ages though. ” I CAN’T STAND IT!”.

      • their ginger says:

        I looked this up years ago everywhere I could find. It turns out Gilbert’s problems were with directors and studios, not his voice. Like the Hiddleston-Bond nonsense, it made a juicy story. Look at how many people commenting here believe it. They heard it, read it, and they believe it. I don’t want to spoil anyone’s fun, but I’m a stickler for logic.

      • Becky says:

        I remember a podcast about John Gilbert from a couple of years ago – the whole idea he had a bad voice wasn’t true. There were issues with the studio however, and he had a potential directing career (he was able to coach performances from other actors, but was uncredited).

        When his career halted he was able to retire to the Hollywood Hills, and he died of an alcohol-related illness at 36.

    • shelley* says:

      I think some people just don’t like TH and keep repeating the same old nonsense so that they can have a go at him.
      He seems fairly harmless to me so I don’t really understand it, unless they hate him because they are rabid Taylor Swift fans and have something against him.

      The p*ss taking was fun at the time, but its all gone a bit stale now.
      I wonder if the gossip mags will have a special first anniversary, 4th of July t-shirt edition, so they can continue to flog this dead horse.

    • Nicole says:

      Gilbert had some problems with Louis B. Mayer (a true douche for the ages) and Mayer had Gilbert’s voice modified which killed his career. It was a personal vendetta.

    • virginfangirl2 says:

      Jetlagged: If you continue to follow the shippers on Tumblr then you definitely need to take a break from Tumblr, or unfollow those crowds . That’s one thing I love about Tumblr. It’s obvious which lane particular blogs are in.

  10. Sixer says:

    What was that role he lost where he had to wear all the make up and there were photos and everything? That was genuinely a tad embarrassing cos nobody wants actual evidence out there that they really, really tried and were slapped down.

    Even I feel a bit sorry for LEGS over this Bond thing now. I do think there was a time when he thought he was in with a shot and he spent a lot of PR pounds trying to present the right image for it. But that was long gone before la Swift. la Swift was never a Bond pitch. God alone knows what he was thinking with the Tiddlesbanging but it wasn’t 007. And I can’t see him outright moaning to friends that she cost him Bond. Being a bitch about your exes isn’t a good look and not at all what his public image – or self image for that matter – is about.

    • Secret squirrel says:

      Don’t forget Sixer that some conspiracists were even saying Taylor was using Tom to try and land a role and title song in a Bond film for herself!

    • Lightpurple says:

      The remake of The Crow, which ended up having numerous people attached with Bradley Cooper, Mark Wahlberg, Luke Evans, Nicholas Hoult, Jack Huston and now Jason Momoa supposedly in the same role and the project has gone nowhere for years.

      And I can’t see him outright moaning either. At least not to anyone who would go to tabloids with the information. He’s always been rather discreet in that regard and I don’t see that changing.

    • Sixer says:

      The Crow! That’s the one.

      I think they both thought everyone would think Tiddlesbanging was adorable and cute and there would be thousands of hearts and flowers tumblrs dedicated to it. But they overegged the pudding and everyone laughed instead. So they stopped Tiddlesbanging. Simple as that. I very much doubt anyone’s heart got bruised, let alone broken.

      And I might rag on LEGS but even I can’t see him being less than gracious – or fake gracious, at least – about an ex, even in private.

  11. Saywhatyousee says:

    I have always hated her lame, preppy outfit from the time they flew to Australia. She looks like a high school student. Granted, I’m always in coach looking like a mess, but if I was super rich, I’d be wearing the cutest lounge gear when I flew.

  12. Jess says:

    Ummm excuse me? He’s a grown ass man who made those decisions on his own. It’s not her fault in any way whatsoever. I don’t think he’s Daniel Craig material either, he has a sexy air, but not as suave like Craig should be.

    • SM says:

      I came here to say the same thing. Not a fan of Swifty and her high school antics but please. He is a grown man. I don’t remember Taylor holding a gun to his head in any of those shots by the ocean. He needs to shut it down because from the quotes it looks more like he feels all left out and forgotten by the public and is milking Taylor for another 5 minutes. He can only hope she writes a couple of new songs about him so he can feel relevant. Ugh. I actively dislike him

      • Sigh... says:

        ITAWY. Complicit, complicit, complicit.
        The inception to reception of that relationship was constant – IMMEDIATE, OBVIOUS, AND OBNOXIOUS. So to try to paint the almost 40 years old actor man as a “unknowing & unwilling victim” of an (equally) “thirsty” singer girl for months is a stretch.

        I don’t think he “blames” her for not getting something even he said he was never going to have, though.

  13. Jess says:

    Poor these innocent grown up men that fall into the clutches of manipulative and mean Taylor Swift

  14. Malificent says:

    I don’t see Hiddleston as Bond, even without the Taylor Swift Incident. He did OK with the sexy, ripped man of action thing in The Night Manager, but I just think that too much of the eager theater freak would poke through if he did Bond.

    If Idris Elba continues to be a no-go, I’d like to see Luke Evans as James Bond. He’s crazy good-looking, he can seriously act, and he’d bring a bit of gravitas to the role. I should think that the female audience for James Bond is mature enough to suspend disbelief that James Bond/real life actor wants to sleep with them.

  15. Guest says:

    For god’s sake, please, I beg CB to stop posting pictures of them together. Just got over it but whenever I see those pictures I ask myself what the eff he was thinking….

  16. Barnes says:

    I refuse to believe he’s a day younger than 45.

  17. spidey says:

    PLEASE. CAN. WE. GIVE. BOND/SWIF. A REST? Preferably an eternal one!

    I cannot believe that he would come out and say this stuff even if he did think it. But if my memory serves me right, didn’t he say he wasn’t going to be Bond before this.

  18. JWSWJ says:

    Once he wore that stupid tee shirt it forever became impossible to take him seriously in any role. He should have known better than to have anything to do with the lying tramp.

  19. Grant says:

    I feel like most people (who don’t read gossip blogs) have no idea who this guy is.

  20. piamia says:

    anyone believe this star’s sh!t is the biggest idiot.

  21. Forestlass says:

    He did it to himself, with a smug smile on his face.. and it was beautiful to see!

  22. Skylark says:

    This Tom-as-Bond narrative is staler than the stalest milk after a month left out under the heat of a desert sun. As is his summer of Swift Tom foolery.

    While still not much of a fan of Tom the actor or his pretentious tendencies, I’ve somehow grown to like and appreciate the basic decency of Tom the person, and this ongoing need to reduce him to Kardashian levels of petty, mindlessness is just lazy, uncreative tiresomeness.

    Let him move on, for God’s sake, and stop throwing a cloak of news credibility over these ridiculously obvious, visible-from-the-moon, pulled-out-of-arse, tabloid garbage space-fillers.

    • their ginger says:

      I really like your post. It’s well-written and perceptive. Although I think Hiddleston is a fine actor, that’s entirely subjective. What you say about the tabloid culture is true. This kind of article is not the result of this actor doing something, it’s the result of his not doing anything recently. So the STAR has to make things up.

  23. mimi says:

    oh pfft…
    dear green cauliflower nobody cares about bondy anymore. the sooner you bury it, the better.

  24. Portia says:

    I’m sure we’ll see more dumb articles like the Star one. He’s tabloid fodder now and they don’t care what Tom actually said or what actually happens with the Bond franchise. That’s what happens when you invite the media and tabloid into your private life. They don’t leave even when you’re done using them to get more recognition. Maybe Taylor should have taught Tom how to cut deals with the paps and tabloids to publish more glowing stuff than insulting ones. But since he’s absolute trash at these Hollywood games, he’d somehow bungle that up too.

  25. Jag says:

    That relationship absolutely helped cost him the role.

    And since negotiations ended recently, I’m guessing the rest that lost it for him was that speech that so many were upset about because he came off as arrogant or something. (I didn’t see the clip.)

    He did it to himself. It’s a shame because I think that he could’ve been a good Bond.

  26. virginfangirl2 says:

    Tom wore a Tshirt kidding around? Oh no, how horrible, how embarrassing. I love hanging with people that can kid around and not take themselves too seriously. But some like super serious people. To each his own.

  27. Pumpkin says:

    “As is often the case, the truth lies in the middle. Hiddleston is not clamoring to reunite with the singer, but he’s also not nonsensically holding her responsible for anything that does or doesn’t happen in his career.”
    This doesn’t seems to be the usual GG language. Very precise wording. Maybe Hiddles drafted this himself?

  28. LA Elle says:

    Here’s my theory for why this boring story keeps popping up: there is gossip about it, but none of the outlets are hitting the actual story. My theory is that the producers wanted Craig back and used Hiddleston as an (unknowing) bargaining chip. Sort of the Hollywood equivalent of flirting with someone in hopes of making your significant other jealous.

    Their end goal was getting Craig to resign but they needed an actor they could credibly float as a replacement, and The Night Manager gave them the perfect non-candidate in Tom Hiddleston. Hiddleston’s a professional and would never confirm or deny whether he was in talks. I do wonder if his escapade with Taylor temporarily hurt the game, as it made him appear so very un-Bond, but the producers got what they wanted: Craig is back.

    The question is if Hiddleston knew he was a pawn.

  29. Chef Grace says:

    Ah the age old burning question. . Again & again.
    ;)

  30. lightpurple says:

    Does he still have a career or has he gone into the fake gigolo game full time?

  31. AzaleaMoon says:

    When are tabloids going to stop getting away with posting blatant lies?
    Celebs should be able to sue for defamation imho.

  32. Stormy says:

    I’m a Bond fan going way back. I might have some insight, but it’s my opinion and observation only.

    I find that when the Broccoli family are thinking of casting someone, historically, they float it for a while in the press, or allow bits and pieces to be leaked, in order to gauge public opinion and public interest. This is such a big decision. probably the biggest casting decision in modern times, because of how much rides on the success of the new actor in the role. It’s as close to a billion dollar decision as you can make.

    Daniel Craig has exceeded any wish they could have had. People did complain about his casting, before he had the role, because he was blond or the wrong build or they thought he wasn’t funny enough, if it was people who liked the Roger Moore depiction. I think Barbara Broccoli was willing to take on those sorts of complaints because she knew what a good actor Craig is and that he could pull off the toughness and ruthlessness in the Sean Connery mold.

    Last spring I believed Hiddleston was being seriously considered. They were in the dribs and drabs of stories about it mode, and he was being humble and surprised by the questions in interviews, as is the etiquette. When the Swift story broke, with the staged or might-as-well-have-been-staged photos that looked so obvious, I had a moment of shock, because I thought, “If he wants this role, this is enough to blow it for him.” When the 4th of July pictures came out it was the nail in the coffin. How good an actor he is or how he would handle the role became moot, because the story had become a bit of a joke. It took away the edge he had been cultivating with The Night Manager to sell his believability as Bond. The worst case scenario for the Bond team is that the actor would lose suspension of disbelief in the audience, or be ridiculed as not tough enough.

    I agree the producers used the stories to tempt Craig and apply some pressure in negotiation, but Craig will do a limited number of films for them in any case. I think Craig always intended to do at least one more. They still need someone for after.

    In short, I believe this article. Every bit of it.

  33. mikajoe says:

    zzzzzz…… anyone believing this fanfiction needs help

  34. anonla says:

    The Met Gala nonsense flashback stories have already begun – everywhere! And bringing back the ridiculous “dance off” of TH and TS – they cannot escape it…neither one will go near the Gala this year especially since Katy Perry is the Host and she and the head on a stick (fake boobs now) hate each other….and TH is off in London/Scotland filming!? They would be nuts to even consider it…since the press will not let it die and continue to ridicule! It is sad that she seems to come out of it unscathed bur TH is still always ridiculed…not sure I believe his story that he was in it for real and was heartbroken when she called it off – what are your opinions?
    As I mentioned before – Daniel Craig ALWAYS had a 5 picture deal, period!

    • virginfangirl2 says:

      Well Katie was there last year, & Taylor has attended lots of things with other attendees she doesn’t like. Taylor’s been off the grid for several months so doubtful she’ll show up for the first time there though. But Yes, they should both be slammed for their horrible behavior. Their behavior is nearly as bad as sleeping with the nanny, having mistresses, making drunk, racists comments, sexual harassment, sex tapes, physically abusing your partner, etc. Tom is said to be so nice & kind by anyone who works with him or meets him, but let’s believe he is secretly a big liar who faked this whole thing for publicity, even though this personality trait seems opposite of every thing you hear about him from people that actually know and aren’t just guessing based on gossip.

  35. Ri says:

    “I never believed that Tom Hiddleston was a serious contender for the role of James Bond.”

    I am glad someone finally said it. I always laugh when big names are touted by the press for the next Bond. The Broccolis are never interested in anyone with box office clout. They always go for TV stars are semi-popular character actors.

  36. spidey says:

    Meanwhile, Skull Island has reached just short of $560m at the box office.

  37. anonla says:

    Nope, Beauty and the Beast is well over $1 Billion dollar mark and Fast 8 made $535 in it’s opening WEEKEND! And well on it’s way to being a $billion dollar franchise….let’s not forget Star Wars…Kong is not “high grossing” compared to any of these films and it hasn’t made it’s money back yet for the producers to have made money..sadly none of TH films have “made money” maybe Thor will do well but it too is not considered the top franchise of the Marvel series….I hope it does well for his sake though.

    • spidey says:

      Didn’t the first Avengers make money? And I thought that the amount Skull island has made is enough to make it to profit from what was quoted around the time of its release. I read somewhere that it needed to make $370m to break even. Perhaps someone else can say if that sounds right or not.

    • gordon says:

      I thought Skull Island’s break even figure was $370m. And didn’t the first Avengers film make a huge profit?

    • jetlagged says:

      @anonla, I will grant you that a high gross doesn’t necessarily equal high profit, but I stand by my statement that KSI may end up being one of the highest grossing of the year. I didn’t say THE highest grossing, and it probably won’t be in the top 5 or even top 10, but it’s got a shot at the top 20. It’s sitting at #6 domestically and #4 worldwide at the moment per Box Office Mojo. Find me a whopping 15 other films – that haven’t already been released – in 2017 that might knock it out of the top 20.

      I can think of a few – Star Wars for sure, GotG 2, Spiderman, Thor3 (yay Loki), Justice League, Kingsman 2, maybe Transformers (yuck), and a few of the kid’s movies, but if even if just a handful of the anticipated blockbusters underperform the odds improve. By the way, it would be awesome if you would cite an actual source for your claim that KSI was a bust for the producers, because most of the industry articles say the studios were actually pretty pleased at how it performed.

  38. mikajoe says:

    @aninla do you have any prrof that KSI haven’t made any money back? cause as I have read from valid ie variety they called it hit.
    who said KSI is the highest, it is one of the highest, and there is already sequal in work and they even asked john v if he was inerested to direct.
    Now why would they make a sewual if it didn’t get its money back and asked the same director of this said “didn’t get back its money” to direct another.
    some people… smh.

  39. mikajoe says:

    @anonla do you have any proof that KSI haven’t made any money back? cause as I have read from valid ie variety they called it hit.
    who said KSI is the highest, it is one of the highest. and there is already sequal in work and they even asked john v if he was inerested to direct.
    Now why would they make a sequal if it didn’t get its money back and asked the same director of this said “didn’t get back its money” movie to direct another?
    it crossed 2005′s kong and godzilla of ’14 and they seems pretty happy. so yeah it is a hit.
    some people… smh.