Tom Hiddleston wishes James Bond rumours would stop

He’s the bookies’ favourite to be the next James Bond, but actor Tom Hiddleston has said talk he is in line to be 007 is becoming “overwhelming” and wishes he could make the rumour mill stop.

Responding to speculation he is to take on the iconic role once Daniel Craig hangs up his tuxedo, he said: “People have very strong opinions about Bond and why shouldn’t they? But it’s difficult to talk about because it’s a completely unreal conversation in a way.”

The 35-year-old Londoner, who is best known for playing Loki in the Avengers films and can currently be seen in cinemas playing dog-eating Dr Robert Laing in Ben Wheatley’s big screen adaptation of the JG Ballard novel High Rise, insisted no approach has been made about him becoming the next Bond.

tom1“I haven’t spoken to anyone who makes those films,” said Hiddleston, who recently starred in hit TV series The Night Manager. “It’s just an idea in people’s minds, so it’s quite hard to engage with because it hasn’t come from me, if that makes sense.

“It’s odd because it’s becoming overwhelming – not the thing of it, but the number of people per day who bring it up. It’s actually becoming a weird thing to deal with.

“I feel like I want to just make it stop because I have no power over it. But that’s what being famous is – you have no power over other people’s opinions.”

Hiddleston is the bookies’ favourite ahead of Tom Hardy, Damian Lewis, Idris Elba, Aidan Turner and Henry Cavill.

Bond director Sam Mendes recently fuelled speculation that Craig is set to quit as Bond by saying that Spectre felt like the actor “saying goodbye”.

Craig has portrayed iconic fictional secret agent James Bond in four films since 2006, appearing inCasino Royale, 2008’s Quantum of Solace, 2012’s Skyfall and last year’s Spectre.

While promoting Spectre, Craig famously said he would rather “slash my wrists” than play 007 again.