“No Mr. Bond, I expect you to be spaghettified by a black hole!”
“My idea [sic] role would be a baddie in a James Bond film. I think the wheelchair and the computer voice would fit the part,” he says in WIRED.
Hawking has been in The Simpsons, Star Trek, and is now the subject of a Oscar-worthy biopic The Theory of Everything, so additional screen-time isn’t that far-fetched for the world-renowned physicist. But would he make a good Bond villain? Well, he might be able to come up with some particularly dastardly plans.
Stephen Hawking is best known to the public for his work on black holes — what makes them up, how they move, and how they die. “Hawking Radiation,” as it has come to be known, theoretically established that spinning black holes actually do let some particles escape as they gobble up all matter and light around them. They eventually lose enough mass to “evaporate” and blink out of existence.
Would a villain with such knowledge make a good adversary for Bond? Hawking — eccentric, witty, and somewhat mysterious — certainly would have that almost campy Bond villain feel. I can see the scientist crafting a device that would create a mini black hole here on Earth, with only Daniel Craig to stop it with some combination of sex, martinis, and a Walther PPK. Or maybe Hawking could unleash an unstoppable, self-replicating artificial intelligence (as he is apparently terrified of) that would force MI6 to go all Skyfall again. But if we are talking about making real-world geniuses into Bond baddies, my vote would have to be for the Musk.
Still, I’d pay to hear Hawking say anything sinister in that trademark synthesized voice.
What do you think, would Hawking make a good Bond adversary?