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The hunt for the next James Bond has been on since Daniel Craig revealed he had one more 007 movie left in him. So obviously many actors (and agents and fans) have thrown their hat into the spy ring, and everyone from Idris Elba and Tom Hardy to Jamie Bell and even Gillian Anderson have been mentioned. Though the most obvious choice has been (and likely always will be, at least until the role is cast) Tom Hiddleston.

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Hiddles is the right age, the right amount of dashing Brit, looks smashing in a tux, and he just finished playing a spy of a different kind in The Night Manager, so it seems all the ingredients are there.

And it seems like we’re not the only ones who think that way. There are those who insist Hiddleston is going to be the new Bond, so much so that they’re reporting the actor is in “advanced talks” to replace Craig.

According to Birth.Movies.Death.(a pretty legit site—they have books, yo!), “sources close to Tom Hiddleston have told Birth.Movies.Death. that Tom Hiddleston is, in fact, in advanced talks to take over the role of James Bond from Daniel Craig. Choosing words carefully, our source confirms that while talks have indeed taken place, and that Hiddleston very much wants the job (a fact of which he’s made no secret), no official offer has been made – yet.”

To that we say, yay! Please stop drawing this out. We have needs!

Of course, there’s always some naysayer, in this case Sceptre director Sam Mendes, to try dash our dreams. He said at the Hay Festival of Literature on Saturday that none of the fan favourites or obvious choices will be the next 007.

“It’s not a democracy,” Mendes said, according to The Telegraph. “It’s not The X Factor, it’s not the EU referendum, it’s not a public vote. [Producer] Barbara Broccoli chooses who’s going to be the next Bond: end of story. I can guarantee whatever happens with it, it will not be what you expect.”

Yeah, we’ve heard that kind of negative talk before. We’re just going to keep on believing what we want to believe. It’s certainly worked out for us in the past.

If we know one thing, it’s who it’s not going to be: