With Bond lovers across the globe poised to learn details of the 24th film’s title and cast on Thursday, Professor Stephen Hawking has made a very clever play…
The world-famous physicist has jumped the gun and put his name forward to play a Bond villain, claiming it would be a perfect fit.
“My ideal role would be a baddie in a James Bond film,” he told Wired magazine. “I think the wheelchair and the computer voice would fit the part.”
Sam Mendes, are you listening?
The influential scientist, 72, is certainly no stranger to TV and cinema screens, having made appearances in episodes of The Simpsons and Star Trek. In the latter he played poker with Data, Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein.
The story of his battle with motor neurone disease is soon to be dramatised on the silver screen by actor Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything – a film already tipped for awards season glory next year.
First diagnosed while studying at Cambridge aged 21, Hawking now speaks with a distinctive computerised voice he operates using his cheek muscles.
“I was able to speak with a speech synthesiser, though it gave me an American accent,” Hawking continues. “I have kept that voice, because it’s now my trademark.”
“Before I lost my voice, it was slurred, so only those close to me could understand, but with the computer voice, I found I could give popular lectures.
“I enjoy communicating science. It is important that the public understands basic science, if they are not to leave vital decisions to others.”
The Bond 24 cast and title are to be revealed this Thursday (4 December) – full details here