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Who Should Be The Next James Bond?

Who Should Be The Next James Bond?

Reports are that Daniel Craig’s lack of enthusiasm for future Bonds on the press tour for ‘Spectre’ was genuine (rather than just a ploy to up his fee). Tom Hiddleston has seemingly been meeting with Bond producers. But would Hiddleston take the role, and who should be the other lead contenders?


TOM HIDDLESTON



Until now the Bond role has been one you take on your way to becoming a movie star, rather than after you’re already established. Why? Because not only does it lock you in for numerous films with long complicated productions but it sees you typecast or at least carrying unshakable baggage. Connery more or less escaped it, but if an actor wants to disappear into a role then getting the Bond label isn’t a good move. Who looks at Pierce Brosnan and doesn’t think of 007? Hiddleston is arguably already a star, with his pick of roles, so doesn’t need it. However… might that philosophy have changed with the growth of the franchise’s box office takings? ‘Skyfall’ took over $1 billion worldwide, a staggering amount that put Bond in a new stratosphere financially. Furthermore it now attracts the best filmmakers in the business, such as Sam Mendes and cinematographer Roger Deakins, something that would never have happened 10 years ago. So perhaps that improved standing has made it a more appealing prospect for an established movie star, not least because the payday must now be astronomical… As a side note, Bond producers have usually hired an actor who’s already successfully done a spy-ish/secret agent role. Roger Moore was The Saint, Brosnan was Remington Steel, Craig had done ‘Layer Cake’. Hiddleston just did John Le Carré’s ‘The Night Manager’ on the BBC.


IDRIS ELBA


While some traditionalists might protest, it’s hard to argue that Elba, with his undeniable screen magnetism, wouldn’t make a great Bond. He can do suave and sophisticated while convincingly taking on the physicality. Women want to be with him and men want to be him – The Bond formula. Recently released actioner ‘Bastille Day’ was an unintended Bond audition and reviews say he nailed it. The former chief of Sony Pictures wanted Elba to follow Craig, as revealed in the email leaks.


HENRY CAVILL


He auditioned for ‘Casino Royale’ and impressed director Martin Campbell despite being in his early 20s. Since then he knocked it out the park in ‘The Man From UNCLE’, making a prospective transition to Bond a breeze. But with his looks and manner would his version be too traditional, too…easy? Also since Superman is heavily involved in the upcoming DC universe movies it’s hard to see how his schedule could carry both roles.


DAN STEVENS



Have you seen ‘The Guest’? This Brit was pure charisma in a performance that should have turned him into a star, instead he’s knocking about supporting roles putting in chameleon performances. His career hangs in a similar place to predecessors, ready to move into Bond and give international audiences something they haven’t seen before.


BERTIE CARVEL


Another Brit whose career sits in about the right place to step into Bond, if the previous model is anything to go by. He’s a versatile Olivier award winner who’s had a huge TV hit as the suave charmer in ‘Doctor Foster’ and travelled an impressive character arc as the lead in the criminally underwatched ‘Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell’.


To my mind any of these five would be terrific picks. Safe to forget about the likes of Michael Fassbender or Tom Hardy for the reasons given above. Damien Lewis is reportedly a frontrunner but I think his moment was 10 years ago.

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  • Socrates said

    Idris Elba is my choice to be the new James Bond. He has charisma, personality and the look; he is not a pretty face, however, he is attractive and a very good actor. The color shouldn’t be, by all means, an impediment, on the contrary, it will be an asset to have a different James Bond. By far my best choice.

    Thanks

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  • Larry Nikel said

    I believe Adrian Paul would be my first choice as 007, second Micheal Fassbender from the last two X men.

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  • Larry Nikel said

    Please no black Bonds if anyone wants that make it a new 00 agent. No change a icon to be stupid.

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  • gd smith said

    it will probably be Tom Hiddleston if the rumours about Susanne Bier are true.

    Out of this list I favour Dan Stevens. Elba is too old, Hiddleston too ubiquitous and Carvel too thespian.

    Henry Cavil would seem like a good choice, but he’s as bland and wooden as a chipboard desk on screen, plus too close to being a Bond parody.

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  • dnwilliams said

    I’m surprised that with all the Dan Stevens talk, fellow Downton Abbey star (though they appeared at different times) Tom Cullen isn’t mentioned more/at all. He’s way better suited to the role.

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      Today’s rumour is that it’ll be Aidan Turner, who basically looks identical to Tom Cullen.

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      • gd smith said

        Personally, I think Cullen and Turner are a bit too fashionable and hipsterish for Bond. Whereas Dan Stevens looks more buttoned up and colder. Plus the Guest shows he has the action chops.

        I still think it will be Hiddleston unless he turns it down. The Bond producers tend to make a big song and dance about casting then go for the obvious choice. It’s a bit like the JJ Abrams mystery box where the speculation is always more inventive and intriguing than the reveal.

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        • Sheridan Passell said
          Sheridan Passell

          Sam Mendes said to expected the unexpected with whoever the producers choose. Was Craig a surprise? My faded memory thinks he was.

          I have to say that, generally, I find it hard to see where you go after Craig. It feels like they’ve exhausted their bag of tricks. I hope the producers have something fresh up their sleeves that isn’t just a new actor. That’s why if ever there was a time for Idris Elba it’s probably now. Or perhaps break formula and have several 00s for significant duration, it always feels like the organisation could be fascinating but all we see is Judi Dench standing in front of a hologram with a guy who says “Yes mam”.

          My main wish for whoever they cast is that they lock him down for 3 films and have a coherent story arc running through all three. This was the biggest fail of the Craig era, it felt like each film was starting with a blank piece of paper and a scramble to tie everything from Mr.White to Spectre together after the fact.

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  • Jennifer Bunch said

    I know this might seem out of left field, but how about Laurence Fox?

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  • rosko said

    Tom Hardy, Tom Hardy or Tom Hardy.

    Maybe also Tom Hardy.

    No wait! Tom Hardy! I nearly forgot about him.

    But then there’s also Tom Hardy. And Tom Hardy.

    Oh and Tom Hardy is good too. He’d make a great Bond.

    There are also one or two others, like Tom Hardy and Tom Hardy. They starred in ‘Legend’ together and both would make great Bonds. Although one would have to ditch the glasses, of course.

    Off the top of my head, I think there’s only one other guy and that would be Tom Hardy.

    So there’s my list. Put ’em in any order you like.

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