Tom Hardy Has Been Preparing to Play James Bond His Entire Career
There was a lot of buzz lately about Tom Hardy perhaps playing James Bond, the super-spy invented by author Ian Fleming. It’s unclear whether the rumours are true, but it didn’t stop countless Twitter users from getting excited at the prospect of the British actor, whose iconic roles have been infused with a unique blend of violence and vulnerability, taking up the mantle of the world’s most famous secret service agent. While bookmakers slashed the chances on his appointment, followers meticulously produced yet another Photoshop of their hero in his iconic tuxedo. In actuality, none of this fuss was required since Tom Hardy has been playing James Bond his whole career.The first rule of the James Bond Club is that there be numerous members. Bond is sometimes portrayed as a one-dimensional figure, a monolith of imperial grandeur and unrestrained machismo, but this is not the case. Indeed, there are as many Bonds as there are Barbie dolls, and Hardy has played them all. There’s Sean Connery’s Cold War Bond in Dr. No, and Hardy revived the character as Ricki Tarr in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Patriot Bond is the one who gives all for the ailing Crown when it is most required.Hardy followed up as the fighter pilot Farrier in Dunkirk, whose elite skill saved the lives of thousands of fellow soldiers on the beach below, even as he gave away his own, and Daniel Craig showed us that in Spectre, where it was only him and his body between the collapse of British intelligence, and Hardy showed us that in Spectre, where it was only him and his body between the collapse of British intelligence, and Hardy showed us that in Spectre, where it was Shootout Bond, portrayed by a suitably merciless Craig, appeared in Skyfall: the film’s climax action took place against a suitably dark landscape and included a crushing fatality, that of his mentor M. Hardy showed off his Shootout Bond in Lawless: his character’s surname, Bondurant, might have been a nod to 007, considering the picture likewise concluded in a gloomy scene, with the terrible death being his own.Of course, because this is James Bond, there must be a scene in which a lady manages to penetrate his tungsten-tough exterior and expose some type of soul beneath. There must be a vain effort to modify his fundamental essence, which will ultimately fail. This persona is known as Slightly Sensitive Bond, and Craig introduced us to him in Casino Royale, when he threatened to marry Vesper Lynd. But, of course, Eva Green’s character betrayed him, and he was forced to return to his old pattern of murder and revenge, owing to the fact that a happily domesticated secret agent does not exactly make for spilt popcorn at the box office.Hardy delivered his Sensitive Bond in Mad Max: Fury Road eight years after Casino Royale. He was so absorbed by testosterone in this part that he didn’t tell Charlize Theron, his female confidante, his real identity until the very end. Of course, the allure of remaining with Theron’s Furiosa was too much for Hardy’s Max, and he was soon out on the wide road in the hunt of murder and revenge.However, it should not be assumed that Craig’s new take on Bond provided the character with the subtlety that Hardy required. That’s because Hardy provided his ultimate Bond performance a decade ago for a filmmaker who has been edging his way toward producing Bond pictures for years. Christopher Nolan produced Tenet this summer, generally considered as a 007-style espionage thriller, and Inception ten years ago. Hardy played Eames in that film, a master of deception who was exceedingly comfortable in the area of battle (and, one guesses, in the field of seduction), and who wore a suit as effortlessly as a dressing robe.Eames’ persona is Business Lounge Bond, the most confident, attractive, and entertaining incarnation. The late Sir Roger Moore, who grinned and smiled his way through seven films in the series, including the brilliantly camp Moonraker, portrayed Bond with the utmost passion. Eames offered possibly the most James Bond scene witnessed outside of a Bond film. Eames approaches his colleague Arthur, who is engaged in a shootout with an opponent on a distant rooftop, and urges him to stand to the side.Eames offers a more definitive means of dispute resolution since Arthur, portrayed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, is only employing a machine gun. “You mustn’t be scared to dream a bit larger, baby,” Eames replies, before pulling out what can only be described as a nuclear grenade launcher. He shoots one shot from it, and the whole rooftop collapses.