Tom Hardy is your next James Bond. At least, that’s reportedly the announcement one would expect from Bond producer Barbara Broccoli in November, according to an unconfirmed report on a Star Trek fan blog, whose post exploded like a Trekkie trying to talk to a girl. First came the news, catapulting Hardy past previous favorite Sam Heughan in the betting odds, then came the backlash: he was too old, said Bond wags (Hardy is 43; Daniel Craig was 37 when he was chosen, but Timothy Dalton was 40 and Pierce Brosnan 41). Or, they said, he was too mean and had too much baggage from his previous roles.
This second point is valid: Hardy has had many leading roles in other films, compared to the pre-franchise Craig and Brosnan (most notably on CBeebies and Telling Amazon. All or nothing: Tottenham Hotspur), and there were suggestions that punters would consider him as “Tom Hardy” in the movies, not Bond. We don’t know why this is important: after watching Casino Royale, my brain immediately knew it was Daniel Craig onscreen on every subsequent release, but that didn’t make the movies any less enjoyable. And, what’s more, most of Hardy’s baggage is actually proof that he should be playing Bond. In chronological order, here are all the major films of his career so far – most in favor of playing him Bond, with a few exceptions.
Against: In Bronson (and 2015’s Legend, to which the same argument applies), Hardy embraces a different kind of british: all murderers in boozers, bare knuckles and dogfights, rather than loyal subjects of Her Majesty’s Upper Crust than the rest of the world love to imagine Britain as. Even to take Bond, play him anywhere like Bronson – basically the 20e answer of the century to an ultra-violent Victorian strongman – or LegendThe psychopathic Krays would go too far.
For: It was a fairly minor role for Hardy in Start, but if you remember him you’ll remember him as the mischievous British guy who wore a natty costume and carried a huge pistol / grenade launcher, like sort of “our man in Mombasa” from the Graham Greene guy. He played the part of the mischievous Briton with aplomb against more serious American counterparts, which really is Bond’s goal, after all.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
For: Well, he’s, uh, a spy. Isn’t that enough? Clearly, Hardy’s role as Ricki Tarr is firmly in the mold of The Square (poorly dressed, overworked, hunted by Russian moles within his own organization) rather than the classic, cool archetype of Ian Fleming. , but these are minor details.
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
For: Has there ever been a more Bond-esque fist fight than the one between Batman and Bane in the sewers under Gotham? You know, the one where Bane beats Batman and breaks his back? Even though Hardy’s masked beefcake is a villain, the physicality and brutality of the scene is similar to some of Craig’s close quarters fights as Bond. Additionally, Hardy-as-Bane can deliver some really good one-liners earlier in the movie (“That would be extremely painful … for you” and “Maybe he’s wondering why someone would shoot a man before throwing him off a plane? ”), which also give him extra kudos for Bond.
For: In critically acclaimed Locke, Hardy plays a construction foreman who has to answer real-time calls from his mistress and wife (among others) as he drives from Birmingham to London, balancing them against each other – and he continues to pull out the biggest concrete in the world the next day. Swap Birmingham for Rome, London for Capri, “wife” for “second mistress” and “concrete pour” for “foiling a plot to kill M”, and it’s already a Bond movie.
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
For: Mad Max is basically the longest car chase ever to be filmed, and the fact that Hardy is driving or killing morons for the most part means it’s practically an audition for a Bond movie set in the desert (n ‘ is not that the failure Quantum Of Solace have something like that? We forget). Ignore the fact that he barely speaks a line for the entire movie – this one is all about the physicality, too.
The Revenant (2015)
For: An ideal Bond has a full set of teeth, right? And don’t smell the raccoon poo? Of course, at first glance, Hardy’s accomplice pioneer (he’s the guy who murders Leonardo DiCaprio’s son near the start of the movie) doesn’t suit Bond at all. But then the more you will read about the horrible conditions on the Coming back shoot, of Leo eating steaming horse meat and the cast catching hypothermia, with all shoots subject to draconian standards from Alejandro González Iñárritu and crew members coming off set in droves, plus it feels like a filming for a Bond movie. Daniel Craig has spoken in the past of how playing Bond ends up crushing his body like a dead leaf; Working for weeks in the frozen garbage of Argentina and Montana has been good preparation for Hardy.
For: There is heroism galore in Christopher Nolan Dunkirk, and although Hardy’s role in the film is, as in Start, small, he manages to become one of the most devoted characters. Commissioning his shift in a Spitfire rather than a tuxedo, he battles Jerry even when all hope seems lost. If Bond really is nostalgia in disguise for a time when conflicts were simpler and patriotism more acceptable, then Dunkirk was another really good hearing.
Against: In a way, playing in Venom, Hardy was part of the Bond rivals’ cinematic universe projects at the Sony / Marvel / Disney box office. In that sense, it hurts his cachet as Bond, and while that does mean he has experience playing a superhero (which Bond is basically, right?), We sincerely hope that Bond does follow suit. not the MCU way. Spin-off movies focusing on Q, or Moneypenny, or Felix Leiter would dilute the franchise badly and erase a lot of what makes it special. So in all, Venom It’s a good blockbuster experience for Hardy, but a bad fit for Bond in particular.
Against: Capone – which, by the way, has an incredibly long and loaded backstory – isn’t conducive for Hardy to play Bond as it’s simply the best proof that he should be playing a Bond supervillain instead. After all, Al Capone is basically Blofeld with worse scars and a penchant for cigars instead of cats, and Tommy guns instead of doomsday lasers. Bond, of course, already has a Blofeld, courtesy of Christoph Waltz (although he survives No time to die remains to be seen), but were Hardy to channel the same gritty threat as he did in Capone, it would be hard not to be convinced by him. Picture it in Al’s Chicago growl: “No, Mistah Bawnd, I expect yah to die.
Hardy would make a great Leap, and although there are questions around him, he works best as a henchman (cf. Bronson/Legend) or a villain (Capone), his experience playing British heroes – be they spies, pilots, or concrete experts – is more than enough to warrant him pulling the tuxedo, strapping an Omega, and wearing that Walther PPK. Add to that the fact that, like Daniel Craig, he can both wreak havoc and take serious punches, and you’ve got a formidable new 007: tough, suave, and heroic, but at times conflicting and capable of killing without remorse. Put your bets on Hardy before these pesky Star Trek the fans shorten the odds more.
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