Speculation over whether Tom Hiddleston will be the next 007 reached such a pitch last month that bookmakers suspended betting on who will play the next James Bond, but the actor himself isn’t so sure he’ll succeed Daniel Craig.
Speaking at the recent Wizard World Comic Con in Philadelphia, Hiddleston told fans he doesn’t think it’s going to happen.
“I’m sorry to disappoint you, everybody. I don’t think that announcement is coming,” he said. “I am very gratified to hear the enthusiasm. There’s not much I can say that I haven’t already said — your guess is as good as mine, to be honest.”
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The Avengers star has previously said it would be “an extraordinary opportunity” to play Bond and he would “not take it lightly,” but added last month that the chatter about him and the role was just speculation.
“No one’s talked to me at all,” Hiddleston said. “I think it’s come about because in The Night Manager I play a spy, and we all know that in the iconography of British culture there is a spy that we all know, and his name is James Bond. So people have made the link.”
Watch Hiddleston’s remarks (via ComicBook.com) below.