Oh, 007! Is that REALLY you? The betting's off - Tom Hardy is set to be the ...

Oh, 007! Is that REALLY you? The betting's off - Tom Hardy is set to be the next Bond. But our ingenious picture gallery begs the question: Is 's villainous hardman suave enough for the job?

By Claudia Connell and Claire Cisotti for the Daily Mail

Published: 23:06 BST, 25 September 2020 | Updated: 08:35 BST, 26 September 2020

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He played a gangland boss in Peaky Blinders, supervillain Bane in movie The Dark Knight Rises and violent criminal Charles Bronson.

But now, Tom Hardy, 43, could be battling the bad guys in the coveted role of James Bond. 

It’s reported that Hardy blew producers away in his auditions and he’s now so hotly tipped as the next 007 that betting has been suspended.

CLAUDIA CONNELL looks at past Bond films to see how Tom Hardy might look if he gets his licence to kill . . .

HOT STUFF, OR A DAMP SQUIB?: Casino Royale (2006) In Daniel Craig’s first outing as Bond in 2006, the character got to show his softer side, such as comforting Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) in the shower. Known for making mums weak at the knees with a CBeebies bedtime story, what woman wouldn’t want to share her shower with Tom?

HOT STUFF, OR A DAMP SQUIB?: Casino Royale (2006) In Daniel Craig’s first outing as Bond in 2006, the character got to show his softer side, such as comforting Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) in the shower. Known for making mums weak at the knees with a CBeebies bedtime story, what woman wouldn’t want to share her shower with Tom?

VILLAINS ARE IN FOR A SHOCK: The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) Bond gets to grips with Jaws, the deadly henchman who can bite through anything with his steel teeth. No problem for 007, who gave him an electric shock before throwing him from a moving train. A piece of cake for Tom, too, who is trained in mixed martial arts.

VILLAINS ARE IN FOR A SHOCK: The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) Bond gets to grips with Jaws, the deadly henchman who can bite through anything with his steel teeth. No problem for 007, who gave him an electric shock before throwing him from a moving train. A piece of cake for Tom, too, who is trained in mixed martial arts.

THAT WAS CLOSE . . . TOO CLOSE: The Man With The Golden Gun (1974) If Tom had starred in this movie, he’d have come up against Scaramanga (Christopher Lee), the three-nippled baddie who killed his victims with a golden gun. But if Tom does land the job, we recommend he grows his hair from this close shave to avoid looking like Scaramanga’s henchman.

THAT WAS CLOSE . . . TOO CLOSE: The Man With The Golden Gun (1974) If Tom had starred in this movie, he’d have come up against Scaramanga (Christopher Lee), the three-nippled baddie who killed his victims with a golden gun. But if Tom does land the job, we recommend he grows his hair from this

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