Since Daniel Craig started grumbling about playing the super spy, bets have been placed on who will be the next actor to suit up and shag ridiculously-named women for Queen and country. Recent favourites include Luther’s Idris Elba and Homeland’s Damian Lewis. However the instant BBC 1 started to air The Night Manager starring Tom Hiddleston as, yes you guessed it, a super spy, there was another name in the ring. So will Hiddleston switch from horny, mischievous demi-god to horny mischievous sex-god? Let’s examine the reasons why he should…
According to James Bond’s backstory before MI6 came calling, Bond attended Eton before being kicked out for shenanigans with a maid. Tom Hiddleston is also an old Etonian, although no maid shenanigans have been reported, he was there at the same time as Prince William. So suck on that, Daniel Craig.
There’s no denying it, if you want to play James Bond you’re going to have to put the effort in. Thanks to the whinings of Mr. Craig we are no longer of the impression that it’s all swanning about in glamourous locations whilst scantily clad females fling themselves at you left right and centre (no really, it’s not); it’s actually bloody hard work. Luckily our Tom is more than capable of going the extra mile for a role – he learned martial arts to play Loki and lived and sang alongside country singer Rodney Crowell to prepare for his role as Hank Williams in I Saw the Light.
Although there are probably sneakier spies in the world than James Bond (introducing yourself by your real name everywhere you go and having every bad guy you meet already know your favourite drink makes you a bit shit as far as I am concerned), as Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Jonathan Pine in The Night Manager, Hiddleston has shown that he can do a good line in stealth, subterfuge and other spy words beginning with ‘s’.