Stephen Hawking wants to play a James Bond baddie

2014-12-04 16:23
Los Angeles - 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."

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