>>184 Well, there is also the possibility that he just takes whatever script / film he is offered. I am not sure that he is at that position where he isn't competing with others higher on the Hollywood food chain than himself for the choice parts.
I do think though, that he was trying to extend his range/challenge himself and avoid the typecasting associated with Loki (why oh why didn't they just let him keep his bouncy golden locks in CP?) - kudos to him.
I also do think that in terms of prestige/iconic performances, he would never turn down an opportunity to be in the Bond franchise ... look at the effect on Daniel Craig's profile pre and post Bond.