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Tom Holland Would Like to Play a 'Really Short' James Bond

If anything, it seems like a helpful physical attribute for a super spy.
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In 2006, Daniel Craig became the most ground-breaking James Bond in the franchise's long, storied history. Craig was the grittiest Bond we'd seen on screen, bringing humanity, realism, and a certain emotional depth to a character who'd become a caricature of itself. He was also the shortest.

At five-foot-ten (according to the internet, so take it with a grain of salt), Craig was the first Bond to be shorter than six feet tall. Sean Connery, George Lazenby, and Timothy Dalton, the tallest Bonds, are all listed as six-foot-two.

But recent Esquire cover star Tom Holland would be honored to succeed Craig and break his height record as shortest Bond.

In a new interview with Variety he explained that he would love to play 007, despite his vertical challenge. "I mean, ultimately, as a young British lad who loves cinema, I'd love to be James Bond," Holland said. "So, you know, I'm just putting that out there. I look pretty good in a suit."

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"I'd be like a really short James Bond," he added.

As a young, attractive, British action star who indeed looks good in a suit—see: Esquire's March 2021 cover—Holland pretty much checks all the boxes required of being James Bond. Certainly his tenure as Spider-Man, and his background as a dancer, makes him a prime candidate in terms of physical requirements for the job, other than his height.

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Plus, thanks to the magic of movies, it's hard to imagine anyone complaining that Holland is only five-foot-eight. And, anyway, one could assume the shortness thing working in a spy's favor. He could sneak through tight spaces, never stand out in a crowd, and, hell, maybe even be a harder target to hit (?).

He'd just have to hope he never has to diffuse a bomb on a really high shelf.

This story originally appeared on Esquire.com. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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