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Stephen Hawking as a Bond villain? New Jaguar ad makes it a reality

Stephen Hawking has managed to live his dream of playing a typical British James Bond villain in the latest Jaguar commercial for F-Pace.

hollywood Updated: Mar 12, 2016 08:01 IST
HT Correspondent
Stephen Hawking in a still from the new Jaguar commercial.
Stephen Hawking in a still from the new Jaguar commercial.(YouTube)

One of Stephen Hawking’s ambitions was to go beyond the mysteries of the universe.

Not very long ago, the physicist who has played a major role in unveiling how the universe works told Wired magazine that his ideal role would be a “baddie in a James Bond film”.

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“I think the wheelchair and the computer voice would fit the part,” he had said.

Hawking has managed to live that dream by playing a typical British villain in the latest Jaguar commercial for F-Pace.

Watch the ad here

In the ad, the lead is shown driving Jaguar’s first premium sports utility vehicle through the snowcaps to reach a lair where Hawking is expecting him.

“Well, I see you’ve mastered the laws of gravity,” Hawking says.

“We’re the masters of time and space,” says his friend and Hawking finishes: “And we all drive Jaguars. Ha ha ha.”

The script sounds perfect for the cheeky Hawking who has shown his witty side in TV shows like The Big Bang Theory, Star Trek and numerous interviews.

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The excited Hawking took to Facebook to share his experience while making the ad.

“You all know me as Professor Stephen Hawking, the physicist wrestling with the great concepts of time and space. But there is another side to me that you may not know: Stephen Hawking the actor. I have always wanted to be in a movie playing the part of a typical British villain. And now, thanks to Jaguar my wish has come true. I am proud to present the premiere of the launch commercial for Jaguar’s first performance SUV, the new Jaguar F-PACE. –SH,” he posted.

You all know me as Professor Stephen Hawking, the physicist wrestling with the great concepts of time and space. But there is another side to me that you may not know: Stephen Hawking the actor. I have always wanted to be in a movie playing the part of a typical British villain. And now, thanks to Jaguar my wish has come true. I am proud to present the premiere of the launch commercial for Jaguar's first performance SUV, the new Jaguar F-PACE. -SH

Posted by Stephen Hawking on Monday, March 7, 2016

Oscar-winning Tom Hooper has directed the ad. He is also the man behind the British Villains series of commercials, starring actors like Tom Hiddleston, Mark Strong, Nicholas Hoult and Ben Kingsley.

So Hawking may not be far behind in bagging that baddie’s role against James Bond.

Facebookers went gaga over the ad, with many pleading Bond producers to cast the scientist as the villain in the next flick.

Here are some comments on the video

We’ve seen Agent 007 defeating every antagonist he has ever been up against, but this time, since Hawking knows more about the universe, Bond might just meet his fiercest adversary yet.

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