Judi Dench backs Tom Hiddleston to be James Bond
Dame Judi Dench has backed Tom Hiddleston as a man with all the qualities of a good James Bond.
The actress is a veteran of seven 007 films, starring as British spy chief M alongside two previous Bond actors, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig.
Judi, who bowed out as the character in 2012's Skyfall, was asked backstage at Sunday's (03Apr16) Olivier Awards in London, whether she thought Tom would be a good replacement for incumbent superspy Daniel.
"I would have thought so," she replied, telling the BBC, "I was there for Pierce's first day and Daniel's first day - and you see the whites of their eyes. It's a huge mantle to take on but you're very well looked after."
One reason Tom has become one of the favourites to be the next Bond is his recent role as another suave secret agent, Jonathan Pine in U.K. TV series The Night Manager.
007 producer Barabara Broccoli has reportedly been looking through Tom's previous work with a view to considering him for the role.
"Barbara initially feared Tom was 'too posh' to play 007, but she's been impressed," an insider told Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper. "She wasn't familiar with his whole catalogue, but she's watched hours and hours of footage and her perception has totally changed. Playing Pine was a wise move. He's tapped in to a mainstream audience and shown his versatility."
It seems likely that the Thor star would accept any offer as last month (Mar16) he told Britain's Sunday Times newspaper, "I simply love the (James Bond) theme tune, the tropes, and the mythology, I love the whole thing. If it ever came knocking, it would be an extraordinary opportunity."
Although speculation on who will be the next James Bond is hotting up, there is still no official vacancy, as Daniel Craig has not announced whether he intends to continue after last year's (15) blockbuster hit, Spectre.
As for Judi, who has previously worked alongside Tom in 2009 period drama Cranford, on Sunday she became the most decorated actress in British theatre by winning her eighth Olivier Award.
- Cover Media