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Tom Hardy has reportedly been cast as the next James Bond.

ELIAS MARAT

Tom Hardy has reportedly been picked to represent Britain’s most well-known spy, James Bond.

Tom Hardy has reportedly been picked to represent Britain’s most well-known spy, James Bond.

The 43-year-old actor has long been considered a virtual lock for the role by producers and was apparently offered the role since he auditioned back in June, according to press reports from the U.K.

If confirmed, Hardy will become the next Agent 007 after Daniel Craig’s fifth and final film in the long-running franchise, No Time to Die.

Hardy is already known for portraying funny, charismatic, intimidating characters known for their physicality, although his ruggedness does clash with the suave and aristocratic style of the Bond archetype.

An official announcement confirming that Hardy would play the role of the iconic secret agent was due to come in November, shortly after the newest film’s release.

However, the film’s Nov. 12 release date is being delayed due to the ongoing global health emergency. The film was originally slated to be released in April, but the pandemic disrupted those plans while also rocking the entire film industry.

In a 2018 interview with the Daily Mail, actor Pierce Brosnan – who portrayed Bond between 1994 and 2005 – endorsed Hardy as an actor who could properly fill the British spy’s shoes.

“Daniel Craig has been an incredible Bond. He’s very physical, he looks lethal. You genuinely believe this is someone who could kill a man,” he said.

“He’s complained about doing the part because he’s put himself through a lot physically, but he will do the next movie, and then I think Tom Hardy could be a good Bond,” he added.

“I’d be happy to see him do it. You need an actor who can put a bit of wiggle into it, that’s what makes Bond.”

Tom Hardy’s adult life began with a rough start, with the British actor already having grappled with juvenile delinquency as a teen as well as ongoing substance abuse issues. However, his acting career began with bit roles in military television series before he entered the world of British historical dramas. His breakthrough role in the 2008 drama Bronson provided an entry point into roles in such blockbuster Hollywood films as Inception (2010), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), and The Revenant (2015).

Speculation about who would don 007’s famous tuxedo after Craig has been the subject of heated debate in recent years, with other fan favorites including Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston, and Richard Madden.

Last year, reports that Black British actress Lashana Lynch would have a starring role in No Time to Die also stirred up rumors that Bond’s secret agent number would be taken, for the first time, by a woman. However, the idea was mooted early this year when Bond series producer Barbara Broccoli told Variety: “He can be of any color, but he is male.”

In the newest film, 007 has left active service to go enjoy a life of tranquility in Jamaica.

This newfound peace comes to a screeching halt when his old pal Felix Leither from the CIA comes asking for his help.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. Bit of a break from the Bond tradition. Usually, it’s not an A-lister. Bond usually makes the actor into an A-lister. Connery was relatively unknown when he was cast, Roger Moore was well known but as a UK TV star. Who the fuck knows where they got Lazenby from. Dalton was a stage actor with a bit of film and Brosnan was Remmington Steele TV series famous. Sure Craig had had a few movie roles but he wasn’t a big star like Hardy is.

    I like Craig as Bond. His surly, irritable, unaccommodating off-screen personality fits well with the sociapath in Bond. I agree Craig emanates cold calculating brutality in a refreshing non-PC fashion.

    Hardy is a class actor. It’ll be interesting to see his interpretation.

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  2. I’m a bit suspicious by this.
    Only recently the Left were breathlessly reporting that the new Bond was a black woman- I suspect she is still in the picture and that they are going to make them a ‘dynamic duo’ or something…
    Perhaps instead of killing the bad guys the new ‘woke’ Bond duo will invite them over to discuss things over a Soy Latte?

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    • Watched the “Netflix Sherlock Holmes is a woman”. Not quite, she is his younger sister so not a replacement as such. Sherlock, her older brother is in the programme too and looks to be taking a larger role. It is well done and worth a watch.

      I am so pleased Barbara Broccoli had the balls to say “Bond can be of any color, but he is male.” She demolished the woke PC crap. Bond is all about sex appeal and lethal all at the same time. A woman just wouldn’t do it for me!

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