Daniel Craig’s final Bond movie comes out on November the 20th opening the opportunity of a lifetime to a new actor. I wanted to take a look at who could make the part if the parameters who widened a bit from the previous choices. I’ve included links to other lists if you wish to review them.
Emily Blunt has become an action star with movies including A Quiet Place, Edge of Tomorrow and Sicario under her belt. In Sicario she was perfect, and played a character with a combination of tough, sincere and smart. These characteristics would take Bond into a new generation.
Idris Elba has been included in everyone’s list for James Bond since the we first saw him in the lead role of the Luther series. It’s not typical for the role of James Bond to go to super-star which Idris Elba definitely qualifies as now having roles in the Fast and Furious series, Thor, Pacific Rim, Molly’s Game, and well… Cats. No one can deny it’s time for a Black James Bond.
A Bond straight out of the Ian Flemings. Capable of playing a tough, British, action star capable of adding a little emotion into the role as well as adding the typical dry wit the James Bond role comes with. Luke Evans has plenty of big films behind him, such as The Hobbit, Beauty and the Beast, and The Fast and the Furious, but no franchise in a lead role, which will definitely encourage EON productions, the producers behind the Bond franchise.
We’ve seen Claire Foy in a dark role in The Girl in the Spiders Web. If the next Bond is a woman, Claire Foy would be a fantastic choice. With no franchise on the books already, the franchise of Bond would be a timely addition to her developing career.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who’s made a name for herself in Belle, Concussion and Morning Wars would make a great Bond. She currently has no franchise and no huge movie behind her at the moment. She would be a good fit in line with actors past in terms of experience.
Michael Fassbender odds of becoming James Bond have shortened recently, leading to speculation that an inside source could already have the scoop that he’s on the shortlist. An actor of the highest quality, with awards and nominations aplenty for films like 12 years a slave, Steve Jobs and Hunger and experience with bug budget movies like Alien: Covenant, X-Men First Class and 300, he’s certainly got the ability handle the big stage with swagger and sophistication.
Tom Hardy is already a superstar, with franchise roles behind him and appearances in some of the biggest commercial movies of all time including Batman, Inception, Venom, Mad Max and also some plenty of action movies suiting the role of James Bond including Layer Cake, Rock N Rolla, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Warrior and Lawless. Tom Hardy might be too popular to be considered for James Bond, but there’s no questioning that he has the acting ability to adjust and perform well as 007.
With a huge franchise behind him in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Loki, Tom Hiddleston has also shown his range of acting ability in TV series The Night Manager and in other movies such as Kong, High Rise and War Horse. Despite this, his experience has failed to impress Bond producer Barbara Broccoli who is quoted as saying he isn’t tough enough to play James Bond, so this one remains unlikely.
Hayley Atwell will be well known to fans of Marvel as Peggy Carter, and the role would present some interesting experience as a James Bond esque character. Hayley has both American and UK citizenship plus an English accent which makes visas for filming in Hollywood a lot simpler for one thing, and the other is that she can quite clearly play the role perfectly.
There’s little chance of Naomie Harris taking the role on, but how about a spin-off? Frustratingly pushed out of the action and behind a desk in Skyfall, perhaps MoneyPenny can re-develop some of the skills shown in Skyfall and become a 00 herself? Whilst Naomie Harris’s experience would be perfect for the role, her previous experience in the franchise would create some continuity problems, especially as Bond labelled her as unfit for field duty.
Did I miss someone? Who’s your pick for the next James Bond?