Roger Moore Proves Tom Hardy Isn’t Too Old For 007 In James Bond 26
Some question whether fan-favorite casting will continue. Tom Hardy is too old to portray James Bond, but his predecessor’s age suggests he isn’t. The time has come to appoint a new actor as the world’s most renowned fictional spy, since the release of No Time to Die in 2021 marked the end of Daniel Craig’s 15-year reign in the James Bond role. Craig’s five Bond films had highs and lows, but most moviegoers believed that he did an excellent job overall. Along with Idris Elba and Henry Cavill, Hardy is one of numerous actors who have consistently been cited by Bond devotees when contemplating who should play the next 007. Hardy seems to be the most popular Bond fan-casting at the moment, however when questioned about it publicly, he’s avoided the subject. Of course, whether that means he believes it’s doubtful or that he’s in discussions and can’t share them is debatable. It’s difficult to picture Hardy passing down the chance to play Bond, given it’s one of the most famous characters in film history. Still, at 44, some fear that the Venom and Mad Max: Fury Road actor is too old to be just starting off as 007. After all, Daniel Craig was just 38 when Casino Royale was published, and much younger when production started. However, there is a strong precedence for Hardy not being too old to play Bond, and that is Roger Moore’s appointment in the role. Roger Moore was the longest-serving Bond actor until Daniel Craig, having played 007 for 12 years. Moore first appeared as Bond in 1973’s Live and Let Die, when he was 46 years old and two years older than Hardy. Moore was 57 years old when he stepped down as Bond after 1985’s A View to a Kill. Moore is now the oldest actor to portray Bond in a film, surpassing Sean Connery’s late comeback for the non-EON production Never Say Never Again, in which Connery played Bond at the age of 53. While Hardy, if selected, would most likely not appear in his first Bond film for at least a few more years, he would still be the same age or slightly older as Moore was when he began. In addition, compared to the iconic, long-running Moore, Hardy now seems considerably younger at 44 than Moore did at 46. He’s also lot fitter as a result of his years of appearing in comic book and action films. Although prominent men of his day were not expected to have six-pack abs and huge biceps, Hardy enjoys a distinct physical advantage. With that in mind, it’s time to put the debate about Hardy’s age to rest, since he isn’t too old to portray James Bond.