Although Tom Hardy was at one point an odds-on favorite to succeed Daniel Craig as James Bond, the star of "Mad Max: Fury Road" would rather not talk too much about his 007 prospects, for fear of jinxing his chances. However, he's more than willing to speculate about Christopher Nolan directing the adventures of the iconic spy.
"Oh, wow, Chris would be amazing!" Hardy replied when The Daily Beast mentioned that Nolan has long wished to helm a Bond movie. "Wow, that would be cool. That would be so cool."
Nolan and Hardy have of course become frequent collaborators in recent years, with the actor appearing in the director's "Inception," "The Dark Knight Rises" and the upcoming "Dunkirk."
Questioned about his own desire to play Bond, Hardy said, "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.
"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," he continued. "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."
The immediate future of the franchise appears to be up in the air, with Craig making headlines in 2015 by saying he'd rather slash his wrists than star in another Bond film. However, he later softened his stance, explaining in October that, "If I were to stop doing it, I would miss it terribly.”
“They say that shit sticks, and that definitely stuck," he said. "It was the day after filming [stopped on ‘Spectre’]. I’d been away from home for a year.”
Still, there's been little public movement on the 25th Bond film, although producers insist Craig remains the "first choice" for the starring role.
In addition to Hardy, such actors Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston, Jamie Bell and Damian Lewis have been rumored to be in the running to succeed Craig.