Stephen Hawking wants to play a Bond villain

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 3 December 2014
Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking wants to play a Bond villain and believes his computerised voice would make him perfect for the role

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 [Hawking] 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."


  • 3 stars
  • 2015
  • UK
  • 2h 28min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Sam Mendes
  • Cast: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Monica Bellucci, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Andrew Scott, Dave Bautista, Stephanie Sigman
  • UK release: 26 October 2015

James Bond (Craig) comes up against a global crime syndicate, while back at home, the 00 programme is under threat from reckless moderniser C (Scott). With its swagger, dry humour and frequent, well-executed action it's a solid crowdpleaser, but the story is predictable, the characterisation is thin and overall it lacks…

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