Tom Hiddleston, one of the frontrunners to take over the James Bond mantle from Daniel Craig, has joked in a new interview that he'd make a "terrible spy".

The Night Manager star, who has recently become romantically entwined with Taylor Swift, appears in the August issue of W Magazine, where he strips down to his underwear for a racy photoshoot.

The British actor told the publication: "Right now I'd make a terrible spy, because every­body knows who I am. They'd be like, 'What are you doing here?'"

However, the Avengers star added rather tellingly: "But Susanne Bier, the director of The Night Manager, said that she thinks I am very enigmatic and good at keeping secrets."

We wonder if he's dropping hints about romancing the world famous popstar Swift?!

Their budding romance become front page news last week when they were papped kissing on a beach near Swift’s €15m mansion in Watch Hill, Rhode Island.

The Sun ran a series of photos of them looking very cosy altogether, with an insider telling the newspaper: "They were all over each other - hugging and kissing - even though there were 20 people coming and going on the beach. They looked like any young couple madly in love without a care in the world."

Swift and Hiddleston/TayTo are said to have hit it off when they were seated next to each other at dinner at the Met Ball in May and ended up taking to the dance floor together until the early morning.

Hiddleston's full interview will be published in the August issue of W Magazine.