Tom Hiddleston has been tipped to play the next James Bond, despite the actor admitting that he hasn't been in talks with film bosses. His fans on social media are adamant that Tom's latest appearance in The Night Manager, where he sipped on a vodka martini in a casino, was akin to 007's character.
However Tom, who was speaking at the US launch of the popular BBC series, addressed the rumours, saying that it was all a bit "overwhelming".
"People have very strong opinions about Bond and why shouldn't they?" said Tom. "But it's difficult to talk about because it's a completely unreal conversation in a way. I haven't spoken to anyone who makes those films."
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Of the Bond speculation, Tom Hiddleston admitted: "I haven't spoken to anyone who makes those films"
He added: "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."
The actor has just finished starring in The Night Manager
Tom, 35, has seen his popularity rise even further after his appearance in The Night Manager, in which he plays a former British soldier tasked to infiltrate the inner circle of an arms dealer.
In the latest episode, Tom's character was seen ordering 007's signature drink – a vodka martini – in a scene set in a casino.
"#TheNightManager is honestly Tom's audition for James Bond," wrote one viewer on Twitter, while another commented: "Tom Hiddleston's job application is complete."
Tom has previously acknowledged the similarities between Bond and his character Jonathan Pine
Other names linked to the role have been Idris Elba, Damian Lewis and Tom Hardy.
Another fan commented: "Tom Hiddleston so far has ordered a vodka martini, played roulette in a casino. Looking grim for Idris Elba #TheNightManager."
Tom has previously acknowledged the similarities between Bond and his character Jonathan Pine, and admitted it would be an "extraordinary opportunity" if it "ever came knocking".