Tom Hiddleston speaks onstage during the AMC Winter TCA Press Tour 2016 at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on Jan. 8, 2016 in Pasadena, California.
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By Melissa Chan
March 7, 2016

Tom Hiddleston on Sunday expressed interest in playing James Bond, saying it would be an “extraordinary opportunity” that he would take seriously.

The actor, who is best known for his role as Loki in Marvel’s The Avengers, told The Sunday Times that he was a “huge fan” of the series, fueling speculation that he could succeed Daniel Craig. “I simply love the theme tune, the tropes and the mythology. I love the whole thing. If it ever came knocking, it would be an extraordinary opportunity,” he said. “And I’m very aware of the physicality of the job. I would not take it lightly.”

The Night Manager star also mentioned a TIME poll in November 2015 that asked readers which actor or actress they’d choose for the role. Idris Elba came out on top, followed by Tom Hardy, Gerard Butler and Jude Law. Hiddleston came in ninth. “TIME magazine ran a poll and there were, like, 100 actors on the list, including Angelina Jolie. But, yes, it’s nice to be included in the 100,” he told The Sunday Times.

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