James Bond shock as favourite Tom Hardy QUITS? ‘I’ve had enough’

James Bond shock as favourite Tom Hardy QUITS? ‘I’ve had enough’

Hardy is currently neck and neck with Idris Elba as the man to replace Daniel Craig as the UK’smost famous action hero. But in a shock new interview he just confessed that the idea of taking on another huge role may no longer hold much appeal.

Hardy said: “What is it that draws you to the craft? At this age, I don’t know anymore. I’ve kind of had enough. “If I’m being brutally honest, I want to go on with my life.” The actor was speaking to Esquire magazine on both sides of the Atlantic for the September issue when he made the shock revelation. Hardy is notorious for choosing projects that require enormous physical and mental strength.  He added: “You’ve summited Everest. It’s a miracle that you’ve made it anywhere near the f***ing mountain, let alone climbed it. Do you want to go all the way back and do it again? Or do you want to get off the mountain and go f***ing find a beach? VENOM: TOM HARDY WILL CAUSE ‘CARNAGE’ SAYS INSIDER AND HERE IS THE PROOF The British star has just turned 40 and is reflecting on priorities, including his growing responsibilities to his family – wife Charlotte Riley and their young two-year-old child.

A gruelling succession of roles have taken their toll. High profile but punishing projects have included Charles Bronson in Bronson, the Kray Twins in Legend, John Fitzgerald in The Revenant, Bane in The Dark Knight Rises and Max Rockatansky in Mad Max: Fury Road. The modern incarnation of James Bond is already reputed to be just as punishing, and Craig himself made no bones about it. Hardy also confided to Esquire UK that his body was finding it harder to cope with such demands. He said: “By the time you’re 40 you get harder action heroes. I’m absolutely broken now! Why didn’t you give me this 10 years ago? “My knee’s gone, the nerves are shot, I’m getting white hair… I’ve got battle scars from rubbing my nose in the wrong places, banging heads with the wrong people, being difficult or whatever it is.”

Memories are still vivid of Daniel Craig’s dramatic declaration after SPECTRE that he would “rather slit my wrists” than put himself through such a punishing process again.

Who will be the next James Bond – from Idris Elba to Tom Hardy to Tom Hiddleston?

Craig has played 007 since Casino Royale in 2006 and is set to take on the role again in 2019’s Bond 25 – but rumours are rife that next year’s will be his last outing. And this week Idris is now the hot favourite to take over from Craig.

Elba’s chances of replacing Daniel Craig have never looked better as Bond bosses close in on a decision.

Here is a rundown of the current favourites to take over from Craig at taking on the role first made famous on the big screen by Sean Connery in 1962’s.

Idris Elba

James Bond producers seriously leaning towards Idris Elba as James Bond

James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli said she’s open to diversifying the role of Bond and the Daily Star reports that Broccoli had a conversation with director Antoine Fuqua about potentially casting the role with a non-white actor. The article says Broccoli told Fuqua ‘it is time’ for a person of colour to get the role, with all previous Bonds having been white. She added that casting an ethnic minority actor as 007 ‘will happen eventually.’ ‘Idris could do it if he was in shape,’ she revealed. ‘You need a guy with a physically strong presence. Idris has that.’

Tom Hardy

Tom is no stranger to the big screen

The bad man of British acting is no stranger to the big screen having appeared recently in Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant, The Dark Knight Rises and Legend. The British actor starred in the BBC series Taboo and has fuelled Bond rumours after refusing to comment on whether he would like to take over from Daniel Craig, for fear of jinxing his chance. His odds were slashed when it was revealed that the have-a-go hero turned into a real life Bond and chased a motorbike thief through the streets of Richmond and made a citizen’s arrest.

James Norton

Could this Yorkshireman handle a license to kill

First nipping into the stakes last year after a number of critically acclaimed roles alongside that of his regular appearances in Grantchester. His latest role in crime drama McMafia has seen the Yorkshire-born star pushed to the the top of the pile when it comes to blowing up bad guys and swigging martinis (though we’re sure James prefers a pint of Black Sheep himself).

Aidan Turner

Aidan Turner is good at running away from journalists

Aidan started his career on stage but soon found fame on the big screen after appearing in The Hobbit trilogy, before landing the lead in Poldark. The 35-year-old took pole-position in the Bond odds back in August, however, he refused to comment on the rumours at MCM Expo last May.   Jack Huston 8/1 Jack most recently appeared on the big screen in 2016 (sort-of) hit Ben Hur (Credit: Splash)Jack most recently appeared on the big screen in 2016 (sort-of) hit Ben Hur. The British actor has also appeared in The Longest Ride, American Hustle and the infamous movie phenomenon, The Twilight Saga.

Cillian Murphy 

The Peaky Blinders star is also on the cards to take over the role from Craig, proving his action prowess in films including the Batman trilogy and Inception.

Any Female

Kristen Stewart

Gillian Anderson

A number of female stars have said they’d love to take on the role of Bond as the first female, from Kristen Stewart to Gillian Anderson. But Craig’s wife Rachel Weisz won’t be putting her name forward when her husband hands in the towel, as she doesn’t agree with the idea that Bond could be a girl.

Tom Hiddleston

Tom’s stint in The Night Manager has only affirmed what many believe – he’s a sure-fire contender for 007. He’s made some excellent strides in Hollywood – despite the disaster that was his short-lived romance with Tay Tay – and his stint in The Night Manager has only affirmed what many believe – he’s a sure-fire contender for 007. Plus he’s not been afraid to throw his hat into the ring for the role before. And there you have. Of course there are many more names who have been linked to the role – either by bookies or by them announcing they’d love the role, from Henry Cavill to Sam Heughan or Jonathan Rhys-Meyers – but we’ll just have to sit patiently and wait…