Although it’s inevitable that Eon Productions will put out another Bond film after 2015’s Spectre, the future of the franchise is shrouded in many questions going forward. The biggest unknown is whether or not Daniel Craig, who has played James Bond across four films since 2006, will return for a fifth outing, as the actor made some rather abrasive comments about the character shortly after Spectre’s premiere, leaving many to wonder if Craig would even want to return.
Naturally, Craig’s ambivalence has led to many names being tossed around as possible replacements, with Tom Hardy being one of fan favorites for the role. At 39, Hardy is just a bit older than Craig was when he first took the part, and there’s no question that he has the look, skills, and accent to pull off a convincing 007. In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Hardy deliberately ducked the question of whether or not he was in the running to replace Craig, but did offer a suggestion for who he thinks should direct the next Bond film:
“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 re-imagination 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.”
Sam Mendes directed the previous two entries in the franchise, but has already said that someone else should handle directing duties for the next film, which certainly leaves the door open for someone like Nolan to step in.
Of course, with Hardy having collaborated with Nolan on multiple films already, including this summer’s World War II epic Dunkirk, it would feel like a natural fit to have the pair reunite for a new 007 film, but for now, all we can really do is speculate until a decision is made.
(Via: The Daily Beast)