Tom Hardy has confirmed he is ‘good to go’ to play James Bond once Daniel Craig retires from the role.
Although Craig’s final outing won’t be released until late next year, people are already discussing who will play the British spy next with Hardy a popular choice.
And you can see why as he has already proved his acting chops in the likes of Inception, Locke, Bronson and Peaky Blinders.
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A series of fake stories circulated online yesterday, April Fool’s Day, including one by The Daily Express which announced Hardy’s casting as 007.
Claiming Craig had already quit the franchise, pulling out of Bond 25, they wrote that Hardy would be replacing him as Ian Fleming’s legendary super spy.
Exciting hundreds of fans, of course the story turned out to be a prank but Hardy’s response to it indicated he would be more than happy to play 007.
Sharing a screenshot of the article on his Instagram, Hardy did not flat out deny he would be playing Bond instead writing he is ‘good to go’.
The 40-year-old said:
Dammit I was in my tux and on the runway good to go. No drama. Return to base.
Headed back to Nola stood down 19.
Of course this isn’t a confirmation of any kind but it appears the actor will be willing to step into 007’s shoes.
It is no wonder then the post at time of writing (April 2) has received over 175,000 likes from fans so far.
Only two months ago it was revealed Hardy was the bookies’ favourite to play Bond following Craig’s departure.
According to Betway, Hardy knocked McMafia star James Norton off the top spot with 3/1 odds.
Since then Hardy’s odds have improved to 9/4 as he edges even closer to getting a Licence to Kill.
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Behind Norton and Hardy are Idris Elba and Tom Hiddleston, both at 6/1 while Poldark himself, Aidan Turner, is fancied at 7/1 for the role.
Hardy’s fellow Peaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy has also been through the Bond rumour mill following the recent series finale of the hit BBC show.
Only four months ago Murphy was seen as a massive outsider at 125/1.
However, since the success of Peaky Blinders – in which he plays gang leader Tommy Shelby – Murphy’s odds have dropped to 12/1.
Oddschecker spokesperson George Elek said:
The next James Bond market is immensely popular with punters and is only matched by the next Arsenal manager market for longevity.
The Irishman is the darling of the Great British public at the moment and that’s replicated in who people want as their next heartthrob to play the prestigious role.
With the amount of attention we’re seeing on Murphy, bookies have had to respond and his chances of becoming the famous secret agent are increasing more and more by the minute.
Although Murphy would make a cracking 007, unfortunately for him, Hardy is looking most likely.
However, Daniel Craig was a left field choice so who knows who will be cast as the next Bond?
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Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.