James Bond fan and friend to the stars Piers Mettrick reckons British actor Tom Hiddleston is nailed on to be the next 007.
Piers, 52, is so convinced over Hiddleston’s credentials he has put together his own video trailer.
Current Bond Daniel Craig has reportedly said he is “done” with the iconic role and has reportedly turned down £68 million for another two films.
The bookies have stopped taking bets on Hiddleston, 35, who has appeared in blockbusters including The Avengers and Thor and has warmed up for a possible stint on Her Majesty’s Secret Service with a role as a spy in the TV series The Night Manager.
Piers, a background actor who appeared as an extra in Die Another Day with Pierce Brosnan as 007, said: “My hunch is it’ll be Tom Hiddleston.
“He has had a good career behind him, he’s about the right age and everybody is going to compare him in the role he had in The Night Manager.
“If Daniel Craig is finished Spectre was a good way to go out.”
Piers, who is good friends with his favourite Bond, veteran actor Sir Roger Moore, spent a couple of hours trawling the internet for video clips and editing them together to form a trailer.
“I had a spare couple of hours and thought I’d see what I could do,” said Piers. “I found an interview that Hiddleston had done on BBC News where he says the words ‘James Bond’ so I edited in that segment.
“The hardest part was finding a clip of Hiddleston talking where there wasn’t any laughter or clapping at the same time.
“I’ve put the video on Facebook and YouTube and hope people enjoy it.”
Halifax-based Piers, now registered disabled and unable to work, has appeared in many films and TV shows over the years from Shameless to Emmerdale, The Mummy Returns to The Fattest Man in Britain.
He played an American soldier in the 2002 Bond film Die Another Day but missed the final cut.
“The only way you can see me is on the DVD extra pictures where I can be seen standing applauding one of the stunts!”
The Hiddleston video is not Pier’s first attempt at editing. He also made a Bond meets Mission Impossible “mash up” which also proved a YouTube hit.
That video caught the attention of long-serving Bond stunt co-ordinator Gary Powell who said: “That’s a film that should be made!”
Piers organised the Flood Aid Yorkshire concert at the Victoria Theatre in Halifax in January which raised £100,000 for Calderdale’s flood victims.
He’s now organised a follow-up, called the Never Forget Concert, at the same venue on September 18 featuring tribute bands. Performers include The Little Mix Experience, Rule The World, and Ronan Live.
Tickets are £16 and £21 and are available from 01422 351158 or www.calderdale.gov.uk/victoria/details.jsp?event=5651