Stephen Hawking wants to play a Bond villain
Eddie Redmayne is playing Stephen Hawking onscreen in The Theory of Everything, out now, but Hawking wants his own moment in front of the camera—and he wants that moment to be on the set of a James Bond film.
At 21, Hawking was diagnosed with motor neuron disease, which eventually caused him to lose his voice. Now, he uses a speech synthesizer that gives him a robotic voice with an American accent. (Hawking himself is English.) “I have kept that voice, because it’s now my trademark,” he told Wired.
If Hawking ever did get the part, he wouldn’t be the first Bond villain in a wheelchair: John Hollis played an unnamed wheelchair-bound villian in 1981’s For Your Eyes Only.