Daniel Craig has done a pretty sterling job of representing Bond, one of our country’s finest establishments, since Casino Royale in 2006. Movie rating sites IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes gave it 8/10 and 95% respectively, and 10 years later, Craig proved that he still has the charm and physicality to play the ultimate secret agent in Spectre.
The time has come, however, for a new Bond to be sworn in to her Majesty’s ’00’ service. Our picks might not come as much of a surprise, but hey, credit where it’s due to these guys, right?
As much as we would love to see this, and there’s no doubt that Hardy would make an awesome Bond, we just can’t 100% see it panning out. We live in hope, though.
From his breakthrough role as Britain’s most violent criminal Charles Bronson (Bronson, 2008), to his transformation into Bane in The Dark Knight Rises (2012) you’d be forgiven for thinking that Hardy could only play violent brutes. The London-born actor is no stranger to the stage, though, and his deep performances in Locke (2013) and The Revenant (2015), prove that he’s more than capable of transforming himself. Almost as if he were some kind of actor, eh?
We’re not quite sure why one of the UK’s finest experts – Mr Obi-Wan Kenobi himself – has been left off other lists. McGregor is a stunning dramatic actor, with the charm of a thousand Bonds, and to see the character return to some of his Scottish roots would put plenty of smiles on faces.
When McGregor acts, he makes you buy into his character, and if an even deeper, more developed Bond is what filmmakers are going for, we reckon McGregor would be a solid choice.
He might not have the current ultra star status as Hardy, but don’t count Lewis out. The Homeland actor has just the right amount of rough and laddish looks to complement his undeniably gentlemanly upbringing. Naturally charming and stylish, Lewis would be a natural fit for Bond (if a little predictable.)
You’d have to have been asleep for the past year to miss the conversations about Hiddleston as Bond. His role as Loki in the Thor (2011, 2013) and Avengers (2012) franchises set him apart as this mysterious dark horse – the kind who might charm and steal your girlfriend while you were out having a wee.
We can Hiddleston’s Bond giving plenty of side-eye and half-smile, which is certain to enrage Bond villains, and send the ladies crazy.
We look forward immensely to seeing Hiddleston punch a man square in the face.
In 1997, Jude Law played a wheelchair-bound, but otherwise genetically perfect man in Gattaca. Then, he battled Leonardo DiCaprio in The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), before starring in The Aviator (2004), Sherlock Holmes (2009, 2011) and recently Spy (2015).
It is our humble opinion that Jude Law is practiced enough to make a very fine James Bond. Look at this guy, you can almost hear the Bond music. We’ve already seen that Law can play the physical roles, as well as the charming ones, and even comedy. It is time.