'I'd smash it out the park' - Tom Hardy says he's the man to take on Bond when Daniel Craig departs franchise
Actor Tom Hardy would smash James Bond "out the park" if he was ever given the opportunity to play him.
The part of 007 normally goes to a British star and Tom is one of the UK's most famous exports, wowing in flicks like Bronson, The Dark Knight Rises and the recent Legend. His name is currently being bandied about in connection with Bond, and Tom would be more than happy to fill Daniel Craig's shoes when he departs the franchise.
“I would love to do it,” Tom told Britain's Evening Standard newspaper. "Who wouldn’t? If I did get the chance, I would smash it out the park. But there are a load of British actors who could do just the same."
Other names thrown into the mix include Tom Hiddleston, Colin Firth and Idris Elba. Many believe Luther actor Idris would make an excellent Bond, though former 007 Roger Moore disagreed with the sentiment, saying the sleuth should be played by someone who is "English-English".
Tom knows there's stiff competition and is modest about his chance of landing the coveted role. "There is a long list of talent in this country who would love the honour just as much as me and could do it just as well," he added.
Tom chatted to the publication on Wednesday (28Oct15) at Triumph Motorcycles’ new Bonneville launch party at The Bike Shed in Shoreditch, London. It's the first time he's stepped out since welcoming his new baby with wife Charlotte Riley.
Looking rugged with a full face of hair, the 38-year-old was joined by Idris. Gillian Anderson, Kellan Lutz and Jeremy Irvine were also in attendance. After checking out Triumph's newest bike, Idris took to the decks to DJ the rest of the party.