3 May, 2016 - NME.com
Tom Hiddlestone has again responded to rumours that he will be the next actor to play James Bond, arguing that he doesn't think Daniel Craig will step down from the role any time soon.
Hiddlestone is among a select group of actor tipped to take on the role if and when Daniel Craig leaves the 007 franchise, alongside Idris Elba, Damian Lewis and Aidan Turner, who also could be in the running.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Hiddleston said: "It is a national obsession to talk about who should be the next James Bond. Everyone has an opinion about it basically. My belief is that Daniel Craig will do many, many more. As far as I'm concerned, he is James Bond."
The actor went on to compare the iconic role of 007 to that of his character Jonathan Pine in The Night Manager. "I actually think that there's a lot that divides them," Hiddleston said. "Bond is a trained killer with a 00 license to kill, and Pine is at the beginning of his relationship with the Secret Service. I think in Daniel Craig's incarnation, Bond has become much darker, more haunted by his responsibilities in a way. I think Pine has always had that."
Daniel Craig has portrayed iconic fictional secret agent James Bond in four films since 2006, appearing inCasino Royale, 2008's Quantum of Solace, 2012's Skyfall and last year's Spectre.
While promoting Spectre, Craig famously said he would rather "slash my wrists" than play 007 again. However, he later appeared to backtrack from this comment.
However, director Sam Mendes admitted that while he felt Daniel Craig may have turned his back on the part, there is still a clear way back in for him if he chooses to continue.