Caterina Murino: Tom Hiddleston is likely pick for James Bond

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Former James Bond girl Caterina Murino thinks Tom Hiddleston is the likely "pick" to replace Daniel Craig as the suave spy.

Caterina Murino thinks Tom Hiddleston is the likely replacement for Daniel Craig as James Bond.

The former Bond girl - who starred as Solange opposite Craig in his first outing as the suave spy in 'Casino Royale' - says producer Barbara Broccoli will "pick" a theatre trained actor like 'The Night Manager' star.

She said: "I'm a huge fan of Tom's work. I believe Barbara will pick someone like that who has a theatre background."

The brunette beauty understands why Craig, 48, reportedly turned down a £68 million deal to return to the franchise because the role is "hugely stressful".

She told the Sunday People: "It's hugely stressful being Bond. There's a lot of money involved, so that also brought more tension - and a lot of that tension was on Daniel. After a while those actors don't really think too much about the money. I can understand why Daniel would not want to return. Bringing back the same role again can be complicated. You study for the role, then there's six months of shooting. It's a very tiring movie. And Daniel is not just an actor, he's a human being too."

Meanwhile, Sam Mendes recently revealed he won't direct any more James Bond movies and is adamant Broccoli will surprise the public when she announces her choice of a new star and director.

He said: "I can guarantee whatever happens with it, it will not be what you expect. That's what she [producer Barbara Broccoli] has been brilliant at, and that's how it'll survive."

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