Despite his repeated insistence that no one has approached him about the role, the entire world seems to have decided Tom Hiddleston will be the next James Bond. (Just like how we decided the same for Idris Elba, thereby— according to him— ruining any chances he may have actually had.) That prediction went from fun dreamcasting to assumed fact last week, when Hiddleston was seen having lunch with Sam Mendes and the fantastically named Bond franchise producer Barbara Broccoli. The expectation for a Hiddleston Bond is now so locked in that British bookkeepers have had to close betting on the subject.
Now, I know the story here is that Tom Hiddleston looks to be replacing Daniel Craig as Bond. And that’s cool, cause he’s as lanky and dapper and white and male as you’d expect from a new Bond, but the thing I can’t wrap my brain around is…
YOU CAN BET ON MOVIE CASTING?
Is this a thing people do? Has it always been a thing? Is this just a British thing? I feel like a lot of you must have been holding out on me, knowing about this all along. Because I think I’ve found my calling. To not only talk about TV and movies all day but to potentially win (but definitely actually lose) huge sums of money while doing so?
Okay, I’ll put my money on John Cho as Bond, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Marvel, and go all in on a Happy Endings reunion.
…I’m not very good at this.