It’s a very long time since we’ve needed to speculate in earnest concerning the id of the following James Bond.
Of the six actors to have performed 007 within the official sequence, no person’s executed it longer than Daniel Craig. In actual fact, when he hangs up his Walther PPK after the long-delayed No Time To Die, it’ll be 15 years since he first wore the tuxedo in On line casino Royale. And whereas Sean Connery and Roger Moore each headlined extra motion pictures, the Craig period will go down as one of many best, with each On line casino Royale and Skyfall deserving to be ranked alongside the 59-year-old franchise’s finest. Which implies that whoever will get the gig as the following James Bond actor has some large footwear to fill.
In step with custom when a 007 star departs, the rumor mill is now in overdrive, as followers and media shops all over the world attempt to second guess the place producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson – the keepers of the Bond flame – will go subsequent. Will they go youthful, with a Jason Bourne-style motion hero as they did for On line casino Royale? Or will they be searching for a star who can quip with the perfect of them, within the custom of Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan?
Traditionally talking, should you’re a male actor with a good display screen profile, who can pull off a satisfactory English accent, and are aged between 30 and 50, chances are high your title shall be talked about in conversations concerning the subsequent James Bond. And this day trip, we are able to anticipate the expertise search to be way more various than up to now, with actors of coloration and girls now coming into the combination – although, happening Broccoli’s feedback final 12 months, a feminine Bond nonetheless appears unlikely.
“[James Bond] will be of any coloration, however he’s male,” producer Barbara Broccoli advised Variety in 2020. “I imagine we needs to be creating new characters for girls – sturdy feminine characters. I’m not significantly taken with taking a male character and having a girl play it. I feel girls are much more fascinating than that.”
So with Daniel Craig’s ultimate mission for queen and nation touchdown in UK theaters on September 30 (October eight within the US), we’ve picked out 10 of the main candidates to be the following James Bond.
The present favourite with the bookmakers has lengthy been held up as a possible successor to Daniel Craig, and it’s simple to see why – Hardy seems to be good in a swimsuit, has charisma to spare, and has an enormous Hollywood profile. However, there’s little on his resumé suggests he’d need to be the following James Bond – he’s an actor with a historical past of idiosyncratic profession decisions, with even his blockbuster roles (Eddie Brock in Venom, Eames in Inception, Bane in The Darkish Knight Rises) leaning in direction of the eccentric. In actual fact, it’s exhausting to think about him enjoying a task as by-the-book as 007.
Having narrowly missed out to Daniel Craig forward of On line casino Royale, the 38-year-old Man of Metal star stays a number one contender to be the following James Bond. He’s already proved he seems to be the half as a undercover agent in each The Man from UNCLE and Mission: Inconceivable: Fallout, and advised GQ in 2020 that he would “completely bounce on the alternative”. However with The Witcher a significant dedication – and the potential of enjoying Superman once more nonetheless open – will he have the time?
Like Hardy, Elba is one other star now related to 007 by default. And having taken roles within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (the Thor motion pictures), the DC Extended Universe (The Suicide Squad), the Alien franchise (Prometheus) and Pacific Rim, his blockbuster credentials are past reproach. Whereas he’d undoubtedly be sensible within the position, nevertheless, the massive query mark over Elba is his age. At 49, he’s simply 4 years youthful than Daniel Craig, and you need to surprise if the producers will need to decide to a number one man who’d be in his mid-to-late fifties by the point his third film got here round.
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If we had been penning this when No Time to Die was initially slated to come back out in March 2020, the query on everyone’s lips would have been, “Regé-Jean who?” Since then, nevertheless, his starring position in Bridgerton (Netflix’s greatest present ever) has turned him into one of many hottest abilities on the planet – and a frontrunner to play the following James Bond. He’s now signed as much as play the lead position in a film reboot of Leslie Charteris’s spy thriller The Saint, however don’t anticipate that to face in the best way of Bond if Broccoli and Wilson determine he’s their man. Apart from, Roger Moore performed the Saint earlier than his long-running stint as 007, so there’s a precedent.
When conversations begin concerning the id of the following James Bond, there’s often a couple of British community TV stars within the combine. The main contender this day trip (within the eyes of the bookmakers, a minimum of) is James Norton, who’s develop into an enormous title within the UK due to Completely satisfied Valley, Grantchester, McMafia and Battle & Peace. Regardless of a number one position in HBO’s The Nevers, nevertheless, his restricted Hollywood profile could rely towards him – one thing that may be mentioned of Poldark’s Aidan Turner.
Since his breakout position in Loopy Wealthy Asians, Golding’s profession has solely headed in a single route – up. With roles in rom-com Final Christmas and GI Joe spin-off Snake Eyes, he’s clearly on Hollywood’s radar, and – crucially – additionally appears to be within the position. “It’s the alternative for change,” he advised the Guardian. “Be it feminine, male, bi, homosexual, straight, trans, Asian, black, Latina… Now’s the time in historical past the place it doesn’t matter. That’s the most wonderful feeling. So the probabilities are countless.” His stint as a presenter on the BBC’s The Journey Present must also be good preparation for all that globetrotting.
One other large title who appears to suit the 007 like a glove – Hiddleston even went to the identical college, although Bond was expelled from Eton School for his misdemeanours. The Loki star proved his espionage potential in sensible BBC drama The Evening Supervisor, and would undoubtedly be a bankable lead – however, after a decade within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (and Loki nonetheless a going concern), would he actually need to tie himself to a different mega-franchise? Marvel co-star Benedict Cumberbatch could have related points with the position.
He could not have made it previous the third season of Recreation of Thrones, however the former King within the North hasn’t let the occasions of the Pink Wedding ceremony stand in his method. He’s about to make his blockbuster debut as a god-like superhuman in Marvel’s Eternals, however his large 007 calling card is undoubtedly his position in hit 2018 Brit drama Bodyguard (created by Line of Obligation’s Jed Mercurio). If the producers need their subsequent James Bond to punctuate the motion with scenes of intense brooding, Madden could possibly be their man.
A barely leftfield choice for the following James Bond, admittedly, however Tom Ellis does have a while on his palms now that Lucifer has lastly, definitively come to an finish on Netflix. Taking part in the Satan in LA throughout six seasons, Ellis proved he has suaveness in spades, and if the producers unexpectedly determine they need to ramp up the Roger Moore-style archness, we are able to’t consider a greater candidate.
She’s not essentially the following James Bond, nevertheless it appears Captain Marvel star Lynch will be the following 007 – her No Time to Die character Nomi has reportedly inherited the codename from the exiled Bond. We’ve already seen from the trailers that she’s each bit her predecessor’s equal, so – whereas Barbara Broccoli’s feedback counsel there received’t be a feminine Bond – there’s no purpose Nomi couldn’t entrance a spin-off film set in the identical universe because the Bond franchise. In actual fact, the principle factor counting towards her is that different double-Zero brokers in Bond motion pictures are likely to have a very low life-expectancy.
No Time to Die is in theaters from September 30 within the UK and October eight within the US.