‘Next James Bond star’ Tom Hardy responded to 007 casting news

Last weekend, Channel 4 aired Venom, the antihero movie starring Tom Hardy. While the British actor has played the goopy Marvel monster twice thus far (with a third movie on the way), rumour has it he has been gearing up to turn his career around and take on the legendary role of James Bond after Daniel Craig stepped down from the series. But he has been extremely reluctant to break his silence about the rumours.

Craig ended his tenure as 007 after the release of his fifth Bond movie, No Time To Die.

His advice to the next Bond star – whoever they may be – is simple: “Don’t f**k it up.” And Hardy has been trying to do just that.

Back in 2020 rumours hit the internet that the Mad Max actor was “in talks” to become the new-and-improved James Bond after Craig’s 15 years as the hero.

However, when questioned about the role, he would not give a straight answer.

Hardy told The Daily Beast: “There’s a saying amongst us in the fraternity of acting, that if you talk about [playing James Bond] you’re automatically out of the race.”

He followed up by apologising: “So I can’t possibly comment on that one!”

His method of keeping quiet has kept him in good graces, it would seem, as his name has continually been at the top of the Bond odds.

Ladbrokes recently awarded him a powerful 15/2 on becoming the next star to don the tuxedo – but he has some major competition.

At the moment, Regé-Jean Page is the frontrunner from the betting company. He currently has a staggering 3/1 on becoming the new James Bond.

Elsewhere in the betting is Superman star Henry Cavill with 7/2, as well as an actor from the Lord of the Rings spin-off series, The Hobbit.

Luke Evans has recently had his odds sliced following some promotion he’s been doing on terrestrial TV. Currently, he has a powerful 9/1.

Ladbrokes’ Alex Apati said: “Luke Evans has shot up the betting in the past few weeks, from an unlikely 50/1 shot to just 10/1, and while Rege-Jean Page has held favourite spot for some time now, punters are growing convinced the Welshman may just get the gig.”

While there are many names fighting for the Bond role, Hardy is still a fan favourite.

The actor won’t budge, however. He refused to talk about taking over from Craig before and he’ll certainly go on doing so.

However, he did have some recommendations about the next film’s director.

Unsurprisingly, it’s a director he has worked with before on the Batman series, as well as Dunkirk.

Hardy said: “Chris Nolan, what a fantastic director for a Bond movie. Because Daniel [Craig] is so good, and what [director Sam] Mendes and [Bond producer] Barbara [Broccoli] have done has been so impressive, that it would be a very hard re-imagination to follow after.”

He mused: “I wonder what the next instalment of that franchise would become, and I think when you mention someone like Christopher Nolan, that’s a very powerful figure to bring into that world who could bring something new and create something profound—again.”

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