Daniel Craig’s days as James Bond could be numbered. Who could take on the role of Ian Fleming’s gentleman spy next? Based on the bookies’ favourites (with a few humble suggestions of our own) here are the actors who we think could potentially be the 007th official Bond…
Working alongside Tom Hardy would be a defining moment in any actor’s career, but getting to work with him twice, playing two different roles within the same film, is even better. We sat down with Emily Browning, who plays Reggie Kray’s wife Frances in the film Legend. She spoke to us about how she prepared for the role, how important her dialect coach was to her and what it felt like to act alongside Tom Hardy as he delved deep into the psychologies of two equally brutal, but extremely different characters. Emily describes how the atmosphere on set changed, depending on whether Tom was the guise of Ronnie Kray or Reggie Kray.
It was a bold move, that of director Brian Helgeland’s, to cast the same actor - Tom Hardy - in the parts of both Kray twins for the upcoming gangster biopic Legend. Tom Hardy is no stranger to tricky roles, though, having taken on dystopian future heroes, sharp super villains, down-and-out boxers and just about everything in between. Both Ronnie and Reggie Kray share a pathological lust for violence, but when it comes to similarities, that’s where it ends.
Nicknamed Woody, the dog is actually a celebrity in his own right, having been featured in a PETA campaign with his adopted father. Tom Hardy and Woody star in a PETA campaign. The action star, known for his roles in Inception and The Dark Knight Rises, has such a deep and enduring devotion to his animal best friends —yes, he has multiple — that not only does he bring them to movie sets and red carpets, but he also talks about them at length and has even admitted to liking the animals more than humans (minus his son, Louis, 7, who “couldn’t do anything to upset me.”) Tom Hardy and a pitbull puppy keeping each other warm. “Wherever I go, I get a dog, pretty much,” Hardy told Vulture when asked about Woody, whom he found wandering the highway in Atlanta when filming Lawless and brought home to London. “I’m the finder of dogs, you know what I mean. My missus, she’s like, “You’re not allowed to bring another dog back from a job.” But I’ll always find one.
How refreshing… Straight Outta Compton Released: 28th August Gangsta rappers don’t come much more gangsta than NWA, and the fact this biopic of the hip hop trailblazers comes with the stamp of approval from Dr Dre and Ice Cube – including a starring role for Cube’s son, O'Shea Jackson, Jr – should mean the world to hardcore fans. Masterminds Released: 28th August Picture Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis decked out in their finest nineties fashions and you’ve already got the hook of this riotous heist comedy, based on the real-life Loomis Fargo robbery that scored a gang of 8 robbers around £10 million in cash in 1997. Throw in roles for Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis and current SNL queen Kate McKinnon and you’ve got a contender for the funniest comedy of the year. Legend Released: 11th September Twice the Tom Hardy for just the one ticket?