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Tom Hiddleston spotted with Sam Mendes and Barbara Broccoli so the James Bond rumours are back

May 15th, 2016 by Matt Gault Comments

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Was The Night Manager an excellent television John le Carré adaptation, or just Tom Hiddleston’s finest audition to be the next James Bond?

Our friends at ponder that even though it’s certainly fuelled the speculation that he will succeed Daniel Craig as 007, with the actor constantly questioned about him potentially acquiring a Licence to Kill.

Now, the rumour mill has been sent into overdrive by a recent report from The Daily Mirror that Hiddleston was seen with Bond director Sam Mendes and producer Barbara Broccoli at the Soho House members’ club in London.

As per their report: “They were in one of the second floor rooms where others can also go and sit, it was not a private room.

“There was lots of laughter, they all looked to be having a very jolly time. We were gobsmacked they were being so brazen about it. They clearly didn’t mind who saw them.”

This appears to contradict Hiddleston’s latest comments about the role, speaking on The Graham Norton Show last week: “The position isn’t vacant as far as I’m aware. No-one has talked to me about it. I think the rumours have come about because in The Night Manager I play a spy and people have made the link.”

Hiddleston appeared a little beleaguered about the constant speculation. “I feel like, I want to just make it stop,” he told Sky News last month. “Because I have no power over it, but that’s what being famous is. You have no power over other people’s opinions.

What do you all think? Would Hiddleston have what it takes to play Ian Flemming’s super spy? We love Hiddleston but can’t… quite… see… him… in… the… role. But maybe we’re wrong?

Let us know your thoughts, guys.

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.