Rumors identify Tom Hardy as a contender to be the next James Bond. According to his contract, Daniel Craig has only two more movies to star in as the cultural icon Agent 007 and the buzz about the heir of this privilege has been around for a long time without any particular favorite standing out until now. Apparently Tom Hardy is the first on a list of great actors would could take on the role. He is charismatic, women love him, he can look both extremely smart and terribly dangerous but most of all: he has proven that he can play great iconic characters.
Tom Hardy’s most prominent role was that of the titular character in the film Bronson. 4 years later we witnessed him as the comic-book legend Bane in The Dark Knight Rises where he received rave reviews for his portrayal even though a large portion of his face was covered. That same year he starred in Lawless (2012) as Forrest Bondurant. Now he is about to star as another classic action hero: Max Rockatansky in the upcoming reboot Mad Max: Fury Road.
Of course there are other people who might be just as suitable to play the next James Bond. Think about Michael Fassbinder for example who in 2013 received important roles in two of the most highly expected films of the year: The Counselor and 12 Years a Slave. Tom Hardy, however, undoubtedly has the most experience with beloved cultural icons, regardless if they are based on real life or fiction.
Tom Hardy has indeed shown interest in taking up the James Bond role, particularly around the time when Christopher Nolan was rumored to be the next director (after Sam Mendes) to make an installment for the longest franchise in cinematic history. Could Hardy’s Bond film after all be Nolan’s dream of 007 and their next collaboration following the epic conclusion of the Dark Knight Trilogy? That would certainly be an exceptionally spectacular outcome.
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