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Tom Hardy as Bond? Too famous, too brutal, too old

Robbie Collin


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Tom Hardy (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

Tom Hardy (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

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Tom Hardy (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

Has Tom Hardy just been cast as the next James Bond? The rumour has been getting serious traction on social media, despite starting life as an unsourced claim on a largely Star Trek-related blog that came into existence a little over a month ago, without a crumb of evidence offered in support.

It certainly isn’t impossible that for the first time in its 60-year existence, the Bond franchise is about to reboot itself with an established — and expensive — household name who is used to a large degree of creative input and known for making counter-intuitive choices that subvert, rather than burnish, his handsome movie-star image.

But if Eon Productions really are pressing ahead with the casting of Hardy — which, for the avoidance of doubt, I strongly suspect they are not — it would arguably be the worst possible decision at the worst possible moment.