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Tom Hardy Doesn't Want to Talk James Bond Rumors For This Specific Reason!

Tom Hardy‘s name has been thrown out as one actor who could possibly take over the role of James Bond from Daniel Craig should he choose to officially move on from the 007 franchise.

During an interview with Daily Beast, the 39-year-old actor was first asked if he would want to do a Christopher Nolan-directed 007 film with Michael Fassbender as the villain.

“Oh, wow, Chris would be amazing! Wow, that would be cool. That would be so cool,” he said.

Then, Tom was asked if he wanted to play James Bond – and it seems like he really does!

“You know, there’s a saying amongst us in the fraternity of acting, and in the fellowship of my peer group, that if you talk about it you’re automatically out of the race. So I can’t possibly comment on that one! If I mention it, it’s gone. But Chris Nolan, what a fantastic director for a Bond movie,” Tom said. “Because Daniel [Craig] is so good, and what [Sam] Mendes and Barbara [Broccoli] have done has been so impressive, that it would be a very hard reimagination to follow after. I wonder what the next installment of that franchise would become, and I think when you mention someone like Christopher Nolan, that’s a very powerful figure to bring into that world who could bring something new and create something profound—again.”

Daniel Craig Would Miss Bond 'Terribly' if He Left the Franchise

Daniel Craig sits on a panel held during the 2016 New Yorker Festival on Friday (October 7) at the MasterCard Stage at SVA Theatre in New York City.

The 48-year-old actor was asked about the comments he made about not wanting to play James Bond again and he implied he actually would like to continue with the franchise.

“When asked 20 feet from the end of the marathon, ‘Will you do another marathon?’ the answer is simple. It’s like, ‘No, I won’t,’” Daniel said. “The things I get to do on a Bond movie, the type of work it is, there is no other job like it. There is just no other job like it. If I were to stop doing it, I would miss it terribly.”

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Daniel Craig Is Still 'First Choice' to Play James Bond

James Bond producers want Daniel Craig back in the title role!

While speaking with UK’s BBC Radio 4 Today, executive producer Callum McDougall was asked if they knew who the new Bond would be.

“I wish I knew. We love Daniel. We would love Daniel to return as Bond. Without any question he is absolutely Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli’s first choice. I know they’re hoping for him to come back,” Callum said (via Deadline).

Callum also added that Daniel is “absolutely the first choice.”

James has starred as James Bond in Casino Royal, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre. There’s been speculation as to who will be playing Bond in the next films.

Emilia Clarke Wants to Play James Bond with Leonardo DiCaprio as Her Leading Man!

Emilia Clarke made a big reveal that she wants to play the female equivalent of James Bond, named Jane Bond!

“I have a lot of unrealized dreams. I would love to play Jane Bond,” the 29-year-old actress told UK’s Daily Star. Emilia didn’t stop there…she also named who she’d like to be her leading man co-star.

“My ultimate leading man would be Leonardo DiCaprio. No doubt about it,” Emilia added.

News of Emilia‘s interest in the role comes after lots of women have been named on social media and other sites. Gillian Anderson, Elizabeth Banks, and more have all been thought of as great replacements for Daniel Craig in the franchise.

Sam Mendes Says James Bond Movies Need a New Director

It looks like the producers of the James Bond films might need to look for more than just a new star as director Sam Mendes doesn’t plan on returning to the franchise.

The director helmed the previous two movies, Skyfall and Spectre, to great acclaim.

“I’m a storyteller and at the end of the day I want to make stories with new characters,” Sam said (via The Telegraph). “I also believe there are directors out there who can do the job every bit as well as me. And like me with Skyfall, it should come from a slightly unexpected direction. It was an incredible adventure, I loved every second of it. It was a privilege, all the experiences were gobsmacking for me, but I think it’s time for somebody else to do a great job.”

Sam also talked about Daniel Craig possibly being replaced by a new actor.

“There’s this constant debate about who’s going to be the next Bond,” Sam said. “The truth is – and here’s the headline: it’s not a democracy. It’s not the X Factor, it’s not the EU referendum, it’s not a public vote. Barbara Broccoli chooses who’s going to be the next Bond: end of story. Without that, there would be no Daniel Craig because public support for Daniel was zero. It was her saying ‘that man over there is going to change the whole thing, I’m going to cast him.’”

Idris Elba Will Play James Bond If It's 'The Will of the Nation'

Idris Elba steps out of BBC Studios after promoting his new movie The Jungle Book on Wednesday (March 23) in London, England.

One question that the 43-year-old actor can’t seem to escape is if he will be playing the role of James Bond in the franchise’s upcoming movie.

“It’s all rumor-ville… I’m not speaking to the James Bond people, and they’re not speaking to me,” Idris told Hello. “If human beings want to know if there’s any connectivity between all of us, the one thing I’ve heard around the world universally is, ‘You’ll be great as James Bond.’”

“So if it was to happen, there you go – the will of the nation,” Idris added.

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Tom Hiddleston as James Bond? He's Open to Playing the Role!

With Daniel Craig‘s future in the James Bond franchise still in question, there is buzz over who could possibly take over the coveted role.

Tom Hiddleston was just asked by the Sunday Times if he would be open to playing the action hero.

“I simply love the theme tune, the tropes and the mythology,” Tom told the paper. “I love the whole thing. If it ever came knocking, it would be an extraordinary opportunity. And I’m very aware of the physicality of the job. I would not take it lightly.”

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