Pierce backs Hardy to be next Bond

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FORMER Bond ac­tor Pierce Bros­nan has backed Tom Hardy in the race to be­come the next 007 spy.

Ir­ish heart-throb Pierce, 65, played the fa­mous role be­tween 1995 and 2002 but has thrown his sup­port be­hind Bri­tish ac­tor Tom Hardy, 40, to take over as James Bond.

Cur­rent star of the fran­chise, Daniel Craig, 50, has al­ready an­nounced he’ll be step­ping down af­ter the next film.

Pierce ( above) said: “I think Tom Hardy could be a good Bond. I’d be happy to see him do it. You need an ac­tor who can put a bit of wig­gle into it, that’s what makes Bond.

“Daniel Craig has been in­cred­i­ble. He’s very phys­i­cal, he looks lethal. You gen­uinely be­lieve this is some­one who could kill a man.”

Hardy is the book­ies’ favourite along with McMafia’s James Nor­ton, 32. although plenty of fans have thrown their sup­port be­hind 45-year-old Luther star Idris Elba at 8/1 with book­ies. DIG­GING a hole to China is the­o­ret­i­cally pos­si­ble if you start in Ar­gentina

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