Tom Hiddleston on Playing James Bond: ‘I Haven’t Been Asked’
The charming leading man hasn’t been offered the role of the iconic spy…yet.
Tom Hiddleston has three projects making their way to American audiences right now, the Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light, the film adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s 1975 science fiction novel High-Rise, and the new AMC miniseries The Night Manager. However, all anyone wants to talk about is whether or not he will be taking on 007.
“I understand that people have made the link. Beyond that, I have nothing to add,” the actor told Entertainment Tonight.
In The Night Manager, he plays a British soldier who becomes a intelligence operative, which bares some resemblance to the death-defying, martini-drinking, tuxedo-wearing hero of Ian Fleming’s classic spy series.
“The comparison between Pine and Bond is flattering,” Hiddleston said, attempting to be amicable about the endless flurry of James Bond speculation. His role in the AMC miniseries is largely about deception, playing the aforementioned Jonathan Pine, who must earn the trust of a dangerous arms dealer, played by Hugh Laurie.
This chameleon quality is a cherished skill of the 35-year-old. “The best thing about it is that I feel like I’m not one type of actor,” Hiddleston said. “I suppose I’m able to show people that I can do different things, that I’m interested in different things, and I hope people recognize that.”
Despite his ability to disappear into varied roles, his suave style and natural good looks keep the Bond rumors afloat. But for now, fans will have to wait.
“I haven’t been approached,” he said. “I haven’t asked, I haven’t been invited.”