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Topic: Tom Hardy as James Bond?

Tom Hardy has stated "I would love to play Bond with Chris Nolan director or something, it would be awesome." Hardy appears as the villain Bane in the latest Batman film The Dark Knight Rises (directed by Nolan) which is due for release this summer. He has an impressive CV and has appeared (as Clarkie) with Daniel Craig in Layer Cake.

Is Tom Hardy a suitable candidate to succeed Daniel Craig?

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Moore Than wrote:

Tom Hardy has stated "I would love to play Bond with Chris Nolan director or something, it would be awesome." Hardy appears as the villain Bane in the latest Batman film The Dark Knight Rises (directed by Nolan) which is due for release this summer. He has an impressive CV and has appeared (as Clarkie) with Daniel Craig in Layer Cake.

Is Tom Hardy a suitable candidate to succeed Daniel Craig?

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I think he would make a great James Bond

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Tom Hardy. Very good actor. He claims that he is 5ft9, and there is speculation that this is optimistic. Surely there must be limits.

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I think that in 5 years time he could mature into a very good candidate for Bond.

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zaphod wrote:

Tom Hardy. Very good actor. He claims that he is 5ft9, and there is speculation that this is optimistic. Surely there must be limits.

IMDB says Tom Hardy is 5ft 10. Either way, too short for Bond, I would've thought.

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I don't think height will ever be a problem again as we already have a 5ft 9 actor playing the role.    ajb007/lol

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Thunderpussy wrote:

I don't think height will ever be a problem again as we already have a 5ft 9 actor playing the role.    ajb007/lol

I don't want to go on about Craig's height as it has been discussed to death but I was thinking that if he stands near any of the previous Bond actors at the 50th Anniversary celebrations he better get his Cubans out .....  ajb007/lol

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It would be alright by me, but I could hope for better.

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Not being a great fan of modern tv or film I new very little about Tom Hardy other than his appearance in Layer Cake. I took the chance earlier to see some of his other work (on You Tube) including Cape Wrath and Inception. He's clearly a very good actor with a good voice and screen presence. He's good looking but not "pretty boy" and he is in the right age bracket.

So, to answer my own question. Is Tom Hardy a suitable candidate to succeed Daniel Craig? The answer is yes.

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Today alone I think of who plays James Bond, tomorrow we'll see

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meh, I'm not sure.... yes he was good in Inception (and Layer cake) but I'm not sure he has the gravitas...

Although it is interesting that in his latest movie (This means war) he plays a CIA agent, along side another American CIA agent, and the fight they then have against each other as the realise they are after the same girl.

Movie 2012 made the comparison of a Bond vs Bourne (if they ever met) type scenario if they would ever fall for the same girl...

....I just don't think he has a big enough presence to take over from Craig....

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Tom Hardy + Christopher Nolan - Current Producer interference = An awesome Bond film.

I've said it once and I'll say it again. That ski sequence in Inception which itself references OHMSS is the best big Bond sequence in years. Tom Hardy almost is Bond in that sequence. I have no doubt that he could play Bond better than Daniel Craig. Not that I doubt Daniel Craig's acting skill but because Daniel Craig hasn't really played Bond yet. We'll see what happens in Skyfall.

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I don't recall ever having thought Tom Hardy was short (although to be fair, I haven't watched CR or QOS thinking how short DC was). Good shooting will always create the impression of something else ...

But in answer to the question, I don't see why Hardy couldn't be a good Bond. He does suave, resourceful and action well. Why not?

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I can only speak for myself, because I'm pretty sure this does not bother anybody else, but all of this talk, all of this complaining about short James Bonds is starting to get on my nerves a little bit. Because I am a short guy, myself. (I'm not sure of my actual height because the height on my driver's license contradicts the height number I usually get at the hospital when I'm measured in height, but I know that I'm not 6'1 or 6'2)

Anyway all of this whining and bellyaching, about short James Bond actors is leading me to think that you guys do not see a person (either a man or a woman, but especially a man,) for who they really are, and you merely see their height. Because apparently superficial things such as how tall a person is, and how good looking they are, matter to you guys and nothing else. I mean, it doesn't matter if the person, you're talking to is a kind-hearted person with a great personality, because IF that person's a short, ugly bugger, you don't care. And all you see is the ugliness in their face and their small stature.

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JohnMasterson wrote:

I can only speak for myself, because I'm pretty sure this does not bother anybody else, but all of this talk, all of this complaining about short James Bonds is starting to get on my nerves a little bit. Because I am a short guy, myself. (I'm not sure of my actual height because the height on my driver's license contradicts the height number I usually get at the hospital when I'm measured in height, but I know that I'm not 6'1 or 6'2)

Anyway all of this whining and bellyaching, about short James Bond actors is leading me to think that you guys do not see a person (either a man or a woman, but especially a man,) for who they really are, and you merely see their height. Because apparently superficial things such as how tall a person is, and how good looking they are, matter to you guys and nothing else. I mean, it doesn't matter if the person, you're talking to is a kind-hearted person with a great personality, because IF that person's a short, ugly bugger, you don't care. And all you see is their ugly face and their small stature.

Why are you taking this so personally? At 5' 7.5" (or 172cm), I'm a short guy too.

But James Bond isn't. That's what we're talking about here, a fictional character created by Ian Fleming, who's tall, dark haired,  and handsome with a slightly cruel look to him. Not any old Joe Bloggs can pull off that look. I certainly can't. That's why there's a limited selection of actors who can actually look the part as well as be able to play the part.

Real people come in all different shapes and sizes, that's the way it is, and I accept that. But not a fictional character, with a defined height, weight, and looks. When it comes to who gets to play Bond, I'm very insistent on the view that the person has to look somewhat like the James Bond that Fleming described, or he shouldn't be eligible. In my view, the cinematic Bond should, as closely as possible, be an exact replica of the literary Bond, in looks, in behaviour and in mannerisms.

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DEFIANT 74205 wrote:

When it comes to who gets to play Bond, I'm very insistent on the view that the person has to look somewhat like the James Bond that Fleming described, or he shouldn't be eligible.

Does it really matter if a Bond actor looks like what Ian Fleming described, or not? Because as far as I'm concerned Fleming didn't really love the James Bond character THAT MUCH in the first place anyway, since Fleming killed him off. (Ian Fleming only brought James Bond back again quite possibly due to fan response, before Fleming himself, died.)

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The taller, the better (within reason) in my opinion.

If you let the actor's get too short, they will start to be obviously the short guy and will distract, detract from the character, and look odd around all others in the room when he is supposed to be the tall and dark Mr. Bond.

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JohnMasterson wrote:
DEFIANT 74205 wrote:

When it comes to who gets to play Bond, I'm very insistent on the view that the person has to look somewhat like the James Bond that Fleming described, or he shouldn't be eligible.

Does it really matter if a Bond actor looks like what Ian Fleming described, or not? Because as far as I'm concerned Fleming didn't really love the James Bond character THAT MUCH in the first place anyway, since Fleming killed him off. (Ian Fleming only brought James Bond back again quite possibly due to fan response, before Fleming himself, died.)

Yes, I believe it does matter. It matters a lot.

So what if Fleming tried to kill off Bond? Even if, as you allege, that Fleming didn't like the character that much, how does it give the producers a licence to alter the very essence of the character to make him something other than what Fleming created? They may as well have gone and done another set of spy movies with absolutely zero relevance to Fleming's character. But if they want to make money out of the brand and reputation that has amassed through the character that Fleming created, then I would suggest that they stick as closely as possible to the character as it was created by Fleming, flawed though he may be.

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DEFIANT 74205 wrote:
JohnMasterson wrote:
DEFIANT 74205 wrote:

When it comes to who gets to play Bond, I'm very insistent on the view that the person has to look somewhat like the James Bond that Fleming described, or he shouldn't be eligible.

Does it really matter if a Bond actor looks like what Ian Fleming described, or not? Because as far as I'm concerned Fleming didn't really love the James Bond character THAT MUCH in the first place anyway, since Fleming killed him off. (Ian Fleming only brought James Bond back again quite possibly due to fan response, before Fleming himself, died.)

Yes, I believe it does matter. It matters a lot.

So what if Fleming tried to kill off Bond? Even if, as you allege, that Fleming didn't like the character that much, how does it give the producers a licence to alter the very essence of the character to make him something other than what Fleming created? They may as well have gone and done another set of spy movies with absolutely zero relevance to Fleming's character. But if they want to make money out of the brand and reputation that has amassed through the character that Fleming created, then I would suggest that they stick as closely as possible to the character as it was created by Fleming, flawed though he may be.


I understand that you're angry over the current direction that Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson took, but I personally believe that it's out of our hands. We, the fans, are not the ones who have control over what Barbara and Michael do with James Bond, they are. Michael and Barbara are in a position where they can do pretty much whatever they want with Bond, and the fans can't stop them because they don't have the power to stop them.

All the fans can possibly do, at this point, is band together and boycott anything with Daniel Craig in it. Although it really doesn't matter because not everybody on this planet is of the same mind and of the same opinions, the fact that Casino Royale did well, despite the fan boycott proves that.

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Tom Hardy reminds me in some ways about Daniel Craig. Good actor with some supporting roles in major productions, unconvential looks for Bond, blond hair and short compared to the Bond ideal. I think Craig is a very good Bond partly in spite of his looks. Could Hardly pull off the same trick?I don`t know. I do think there are good candidates with more conventional Bondian looks, such as Henry Cavill and Michael Fassbender. I guess I belive Hardy should be considered, but his looks is a negative and not a positive.

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Fleming did not want to kill Bond off in FRWL because he disliked his creation, it's because he was starting to get bored with it and was thinking about writing on other subjects.  He originally only planned on doing CR, but was encouraged by its reception and demand for more Bond that he realized he could make some money off his creation.

It does matter that an actor resembles Bond to a certain extent, because he is a fictional, iconic character like Sherlock Holmes, Superman,  Tarzan, etc.  The description is cast by the author (in this case, Fleming who was at times either describing a idealized version of his self or his brother Peter).  You can't have an actor who is another race or overweight or too tall or too short playing him anymore than you could playing any of the other iconic characters I mentioned.
I was one of those put off by Craig when I first knew he was to be Bond - not because of his height - because an inch or two off six foot on the screen is not
really noticeable - but because he was so blonde.  Well, when CR came out, his hair suddenly became less of an issue to me because he seemed to be just a light shaded brunette as opposed to the David McCallum look he had before the film, and his fierce, serious, brutal, realistic performance just pushed that aside for me.  I hope the next actor will have darker hair, but will be as convincing as Craig is.  Personally, I don't know why Craig just didn't darken his hair for the role.  It is a character he is playing and he's darkened his hair for other roles.

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Number24 wrote:

Tom Hardy reminds me in some ways about Daniel Craig. Good actor with some supporting roles in major productions, unconvential looks for Bond, blond hair and short compared to the Bond ideal. I think Craig is a very good Bond partly in spite of his looks. Could Hardly pull off the same trick?I don`t know. I do think there are good candidates with more conventional Bondian looks, such as Henry Cavill and Michael Fassbender. I guess I belive Hardy should be considered, but his looks is a negative and not a positive.


I think that they are similar in many ways. Both fine character Actors but not 'leading men' in a traditional way. The height thing is not about dissing shorter men at all, or is it saying that masculinity, or hardness are in anyway compromised due to height. As a 6 ft 5 guy myself I know that the lean, quick, shorter man is a force to be reckoned with, and wary of. It's not even saying that it's a barrier to being a leading man. The history of Cinema is full of examples.
Height is a defining characteristic of  James Bond though, it's central to who he is. For me I do notice as another poster mentioned that DC seems to be the shortest guy in the room. Gravitas is central to Bond and height is a part (but only a part) of that.
I have said before that it is to Daniel's great credit that he overcomes not being 'Tall dark' and classically handsome. But this thread is not about DC, It's about Tom Hardy who I believe is shorter than Daniel (irrespective of what IMDB says) and would not be able to pull of the same sleight of hand.

Of course the actor does not have to be a carbon copy of Flemings description, but he cannot disregard it either.

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CmdrAtticus wrote:

Personally, I don't know why Craig just didn't darken his hair for the role.  It is a character he is playing and he's darkened his hair for other roles.

Neither do I. He is paid to play that character after all, and dying his hair a very dark brown / black isn't that difficult.

I agree with the rest of your post, CmdrAtticus.

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DEFIANT 74205 wrote:
CmdrAtticus wrote:

Personally, I don't know why Craig just didn't darken his hair for the role.  It is a character he is playing and he's darkened his hair for other roles.

Neither do I. He is paid to play that character after all, and dying his hair a very dark brown / black isn't that difficult.

I agree with the rest of your post, CmdrAtticus.

That's up to EON, I assume.

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In addition, height, hair color and eye color, is something personal password appears as James Bond in the novels, both of Fleming, as the various writers who wroten a novel by James Bond