Hardy. Tom Hardy. What do you think of him as the next 007?
Pierce Brosnan told The Daily Mail's Event Magazine that he himself was "never good enough" as James Bond, with the exception of "GoldenEye." He talked about the tearful call he got from Barbara Broccoli after doing "Die Another Day," when she told him he was done. He said it took him years to get over it.
But he is over it. Now he's talking about his role in the upcoming "Mamma Mia!" sequel, and the future of James Bond.
Here's Brosnan's answer:
"Bond is Bond and you can't change that. I think a woman could play Bond but it wouldn't be James Bond. 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'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. 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."
By "wiggle" he probably meant a twist, or Hardy's own unique unpredictable take. But we're choosing to believe he literally meant Tom Hardy's wiggle because that mental image is delightful.
Tom Hardy has had a very eclectic career thus far, but he's shown that he's not averse to major franchises -- from Bane in "Batman: The Dark Knight Rises" to his upcoming turn in the Spider-Man spinoff "Venom."
This isn't the first time Hardy's name has come up for 007. In 2015, he was asked if he'd consider the role; here's what he told Sky News:
"I think anybody would consider doing Bond, wouldn't they?"
Daniel Craig still has the job for "Bond 25," but Pierce Brosnan's endorsement certainly can't hurt Tom Hardy when it comes to Bond 26.
Pierce Brosnan's "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" opens in theaters July 20th. Tom Hardy's "Venom" opens October 5th. Daniel Craig's "Bond 25" opens November 8, 2019.
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