Stephen Hawking, the world-renowned theoretical physicist, believes he would make a great James Bond villain.
“My ideal role would be a baddie in a James Bond film,” the told Wired, according to The Telegraph. “I think the wheelchair and the computer voice would fit the part.”
Hawking was diagnosed with motor neuron disease when he was 21. The disease eventually caused him to lose his voice and left him paralyzed. He now uses a speech synthesizer that gives him a robotic voice with an American accent, although he is English.
“I have kept that voice, because it’s now my trademark,” he told Wired.
“Before I lost my voice, it was slurred, so only those close to me could understand, but with the computer voice, I found I could give popular lectures," he added.
— The Independent (@Independent) December 2, 2014
John Hollis played an unnamed wheelchair-bound villian in 1981’s For Your Eyes Only, so there is some precedence to Hawking's idea.
As well as a theoretical physicist, Hawking, 72, is a cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge.
— Telegraph News (@TelegraphNews) December 2, 2014
Hawking's story is currently the subject of The Theory of Everything, which stars Eddie Redmayne. He has also had a cameo in Star Trek, where he plays poker with Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton, has appeared in the Monty Python Live series, and was even depicted on The Simpsons.