Ever since Daniel Craig began hinting that he’s ready to pack it in as James Bond, rumours have been rife about who will be chose to become the next 007, with actors ranging from Idris Elba to Tom Hiddleston, at various times, reported to be up for the coveted role.
Another name that is now reportedly being considered is Tom Hardy, but the “Mad Max: Fury Road” star says that even mentioning the role could cause the possibility to vanish.
“You know, there’s a saying amongst us in the fraternity of acting, and in the fellowship of my peer group, that if you talk about it you’re automatically out of the race,” says Hardy of Bond in an interview with The Daily Beast.
“So I can’t possibly comment on that one!” he adds. “If I mention it, it’s gone.”
The “Taboo” star, however, is happy to talk about rumours that “Inception” director Christopher Nolan may be tapped to helm the next 007 feature.
“But Chris Nolan, what a fantastic director for a Bond movie,” gushes Hardy. “Because Daniel [Craig] is so good, and what [Sam] Mendes and Barbara [Broccoli] have done has been so impressive, that it would be a very hard re-imagination to follow after. 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.”