I was sort of hoping for Henry Goulding… or Henry Cavill….. or Chiwetel Ejiofor …. or Idris Elba…or…. or… hear me out: HARRY STYLES. As a young James Bond? Just starting out? But this is OK, I guess.
Tom Hardy has been reportedly cast as James Bond, succeeding Daniel Craig who leaves after his fifth turn at the role in No Time to Die.
The website that announced it – The Vulcan Reporter – IS slightly suspect, though (no disrespect to the Vulcan community), so we don’t know for sure. But…
I mean… let’s be real…. the whole “who should play James Bond?” game hasn’t really mattered since Timothy Dalton. The franchise is a CIS/white/het fantasy that has very little relevance in today’s real world. But having said that, Tom Hardy is an occasionally fun actor. He was really, really great in Mad Max, Peaky Blinders, and Taboo… although I hated him as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. And, you know, Bond movies have grossed almost $7 billion to date, making them the third-highest-grossing film series (behind the Harry Potter and Marvel Cinematic Universe films), and the single most successful series adjusted for inflation (Thank you, Wikipedia). As someone who works in Hollywood and hopes Hollywood can recover from our current stasis, that’s good news.
And of course there’s this: Tom has famously been skittish about his sexuality, so the idea of a possibly bisexual Bond moment means there is hope for the world.