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Stephen Hawking wants to play Bond villain [Dec. 4th, 2014|08:14 pm]

Stephen Hawking wants to play Bond villain
Published: 7:40 am, Thursday, 4 December 2014

Stephen Hawking wants to play a Bond villain.

The 72-year-old scientist and author - who has made a number of on-screen cameos in the past - has confessed his 'ideal' role would be playing 'a baddie in a James Bond film'.

The wheelchair-bound physicist believes his computerised voice - through which he has communicated since becoming almost entirely paralysed by motor neuron disease - makes him perfect for the part.

He told Wired magazine: 'My ideal role would be a baddie in a James Bond film.

'I think the wheelchair and the computer voice would fit the part.'

Hawking - who is the subject of the upcoming biopic 'The Theory of Everything' starring Eddie Redmayne - appeared in 'Monty Python Live (Mostly): One Down, Five To Go' over the summer while the comedy troupe performed at the O2 Arena in London.

Monty Python star Eric Idle said it was a 'lovely' experience starring alongside Hawking in the show.

He told Rolling Stone: 'In some of the outtakes, I'm playing the 'Galaxy Song' and I keep making him smile; it's lovely.

'It's not easy to make him smile because he doesn't have much range of movement, but I see his mouth go up and it's just great.'

[User Picture]From: carlfoxmarten
2014-12-05 10:53 am (UTC)

That'd be rather interesting to see...
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2014-12-05 11:40 pm (UTC)
He'd be the most wooden actor in all history, and yet quite possibly turn out to win Bond fans just the same!

What piques my curiosity is if Hawking would contribute to the script. One of the features of Bond films that attracts me the most are the ingenious schemes devised by the Villains, particularly if Bond has to perform the detective work on them. Zorin's scheme to flood Silicon Valley and drive up the price of silicon chips was a scheme that enthralled me, and so too did Alec Travellian's intention to detonate an EMP over London. Electra King's plan to create a meltdown in Istambul using a stolen Russian submarine was somewhat convoluted but I enjoyed seeing Bond figure out that the intention was to disrupt the supply of crude oil to the north so that King's pipeline to the Mediteranian would be the only remaining operational one. Elliot Carver's scheme to engineer a war between the UK & China would have impressed me except for the "stealth boat" - stealth technology doesn't work like that.

I'm very keen to see if Hawking can devise a particularly ingenious plot, as I'd expect his to be closest to the laws of physics.
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