Etherball: Of Course Tom Hiddleston Would Like To Play 007

In today’s “something from nothing” news, an actor's polite answer to a question has set off a storm of speculation.

The sun rises. The morning air, though crisp, promises a pleasant respite from a long, grey, unremarkable winter. And as the Western world stirs to life, the European residue of my Twitter feed echoes with people reacting to speculation of Tom Hiddleston as the new 007.

In an interview promoting High-Rise (a film I can’t wait for you guys to see, by the way) yesterday, Hiddleston said exactly the following about the idea of playing James Bond:

“Time magazine ran a poll and there were, like, 100 actors on the list, including Angelina Jolie. But, yes, it’s nice to be included in the 100.

“I’m a huge fan of the series. We all went to see Spectre when we were shooting Skull Island in Hawaii. I simply love the theme tune, the tropes and the mythology. I love the whole thing. If it ever came knocking, it would be an extraordinary opportunity...and I’m very aware of the physicality of the job. I would not take it lightly.”

That’s it! A polite/diplomatic response to a stock “thing to ask a Brit actor” question has set tumblr hearts afire. What do you think? I feel like Hiddleston is just on the cusp of being too famous for Bond (I call this the Fassbender Precipice), but he’s the right age and definitely a different direction from Daniel Craig. Folks in the UK who’ve seen him in the miniseries adaptation of John le Carré’s The Night Manager have called the idea of Hiddleston as Bond a “stretch” (we in the States don’t get that miniseries until April; I’m psyched for it). But fans who “can’t see” an actor in a certain role are neither anything new nor any real cause for alarm. If I were to really geek out over this, I’d say that in both appearance and background, Hiddleston perhaps more closely resembles Ian Fleming himself, and therefore Ian Fleming’s imagination of James Bond, so that would certainly be something new. The upper crust snobbery angle might not play so well as we head into the 2020s, though. 

Anyway, here’s your boy looking very sharp in a suit. I can definitely see it, but he hasn’t quite knocked Dan Stevens off my “next 007” pedestal.