House Of Fraser British Academy Television Awards 2016 - Red Carpet ArrivalsThere's been lots of press lately about potential replacements for Daniel Craig in the James Bond series, with Tom Hiddleston's name at the top of many lists of potential heirs to the 007 throne. But according to Hiddleston himself, the likelihood of him assuming the Bond mantle is apparently pretty low.

Hiddleston dropped the disappointing news during a panel discussion at Wizard World Philadelphia last weekend, where he appeared alongside Chris Hemsworth to discuss "Thor: Ragnarok." But when the moderator asked Hiddleston if he wanted to talk about anything else -- say, announce a certain casting in a certain spy franchise -- the actor had to admit that the possibility didn't look so certain after all.

"I'm sorry to disappoint you, everybody," Hiddleston told the excited crowd, whose passionate screams quickly devolved into cries of disbelief. "I don't think that announcement is coming. But I'm very gratified to hear the enthusiasm. There's not much I can say that I haven't already said, but ... your guess is as good as mine, to be honest."

While Hiddleston's remarks don't definitively take him out of the running for the role, they do sort of put a damper on the excitement surrounding his potential casting. And they pretty much make clear that Hiddleston is nowhere near as far along in the casting process -- or even the just-having-preliminary-meetings process -- as fellow actors like Jamie Bell, who had reportedly been speaking with Bond producer Barbara Broccoli recently about taking over the part.

Despite the low odds, we'll continue to keep our fingers crossed for a Hiddleston-007 miracle. Maybe, at the very least, once the actor hangs up his Loki costume, he can pop over to the Bondverse to play a villain there, too.


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