“I said to Richard while we were shooting, ‘This is like James Bond!'” Hawes, who played Home Secretary Julia Montague in the drama, said at the Radio Times Covers Party.
“I would love to see Richard playing James Bond; I would love that,” she added.
Giving a thumbs up and crossing her fingers, she said, “I think he would be phenomenal.” Watch the video below for the full interview.
32-year-old actor Madden has previously said he was “more than flattered to be mentioned”, and that a James Bond film is “a brilliant thing to be in” – but that he doesn’t want to spoil his chances and “curse anything by saying anything.”
Hawes, 42, also told RadioTimes.com that she had been surprised – Bodyguard spoiler alert – by how many fans still refuse to believe that her character Julia Montague is really, truly, and definitively dead.
Writer Jed Mercurio killed the character off in a bomb explosion halfway through the series, but that didn’t stop viewers speculating that she had somehow survived the blast.
Even now, many fans still insist Julia is alive and will return in series two.
“Every day I’m surprised by how many people ask me if I’m still alive!” she said. “It’s extraordinary, and completely unexpected.”