Tom Hiddleston thinks playing James Bond in a future film “would be an extraordinary opportunity” for him.
The sexy fictional British Secret Service agent is currently being portrayed by Daniel Craig, who has starred in several 007 movies in recent years, including Spectre, Skyfall, Quantum of Solace and Casino Royale.
There are numerous actors being touted as perfect replacements for Craig when he retires from the Bond role, and Hiddleston is elated he has made it onto this list of contenders with peers like Idris Elba, Damian Lewis, Tom Hardy, Colin Firth, Aidan Turner and Michael Fassbender.
“Time magazine ran a poll and there were like, 100 actors on the list, including Angelina Jolie,” Hiddleston gushed to The Sunday Times, referring to the potential future James Bond lineup. “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.”
Hiddleston believes he’d fare well depicting 007 even though the action-intensive role is very physically challenging.
“I’m very aware of the physicality of the job,” he stressed. “I would not take it lightly.”
Hiddleston portrays a U.K. Special Air Service tracker in forthcoming action-adventure fantasy Kong: Skull Island and he has been training with an ex-military man to get fit for the role.
And although he is convinced he can play a kick-butt character onscreen, partaking in real-life military campaigns is not a good look for him.
“I’m quite certain I’m not fit enough to be in the SAS, but I’ve made strides,” Hiddleston smiled.
Kong: Skull Island, which is based on the King Kong monster saga, began filming in October 2015 and the action-adventure fantasy will be released in theaters on March 10, 2017.