Hiddleston’s casting is far from definite, however. Sony Pictures has yet to make an official offer to the actor, although it is known that he is definitely interested in the role and in the midst of talks with the studio. Winning the role of Bond will be a major achievement for Hiddleston, not just because of the iconic status of the character but also because of the steep competition he faces. Earlier rumors claimed that Idris Elba was in serious consideration to play Bond, while an Internet fan campaign sought to give the role to The X-Files Gillian Anderson, who expressed delight at the prospect of being the first female 007:
If Tom Hiddleston were cast as Bond, he would be the eighth actor to play the role after Sean Connery, David Niven, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig. The Bond film series kicked off with “Dr. No” in 1962, after which Bond films were released at steady clip until 1989 when a legal dispute stalled the series until 1995 with the release of “GoldenEye.” In 2006, Eon Productions effectively rebooted the series with “Casino Royale” and Craig who portrayed Bond much closer to author Ian Fleming’s vision of the character. The last Bond film was “Spectre,” which received a mixed-to-negative reception.
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