This weekend the latest James Bond film Spectre hits theaters, hoping to chase down the record set by the last installment, Skyfall. During an early press interview for the movie, Daniel Craig eloquently explained that he’d rather slit his wrists than film another Bond movie. He has since amended that comment, telling Today on Thursday that he had a lot of fun filming Spectre and might do another movie. Assuming Craig was simply trying to repair the damage from his previous comment, we’ll likely see a new bond soon. Here are my top ten picks to fill the shoes of Britain’s most legendary agent.
He’s not a household name just yet, but Taron Egerton is well on his way. After his breakthrough starring role in last year’s hit action film Kingsman: The Secret Service, Egerton will appear in Legend (out Nov. 20th), Eddie the Eagle (alongside Hugh Jackman and Christopher Walken), Robin Hood: Origins (as Robin Hood himself), and alongside Kevin Spacey in Billionaire Boys Club. Egerton is a rising star who has already demonstrated his ability to kick ass in a suit, not to mention some comedic chops as well – something the next Bond sorely needs after Daniel Craig’s dry, brooding, and stone-faced portrayal.
Matthew Goode has had a good couple of years. He appeared in the Oscar-nominated Imitation Game and two Golden Globe-nominated shows – The Good Wife, and Downton Abbey. He’s a skilled actor, and wouldn’t it be nice if the next Bond film required some degree of acting? Let’s give the guy some depth and emotion for a change, what do you say?
Look at this man. Just try to tell me he wouldn’t make a good James Bond. You can’t. He undeniably has the look. Elba’s not just a pretty face, though. The incredibly talented actor is in high demand, appearing in a diverse array of projects including Pacific Rim, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Luther, Beasts of No Nation, and the upcoming Jungle Book remake. He’s currently working on Finding Dory, but after that his schedule is clear and the people in charge of the Bond films should talk to him before it fills up.
Fanboys might get their undies in a bunch over the idea of a woman playing James Bond, but they need to grow up. It’s 2015, and in this day and age women can throw punches and shoot guns just as easily as the boys can. Case in point: Emily Blunt in Edge of Tomorrow and Sicario. The woman clearly knows her way around guns and action sequences. With an all-female Ghostbusters and movies like Lucy doing well at the box office, it’s only a matter of time until men with antiquated opinions finally give them up. Wouldn’t it be refreshing if the next Bond helped them get there quicker?
Matthew Lewis is best know for playing Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films. Who knew that chubby boy in the early films would grow up to be such a stud? Since Potter, Lewis has been a regular on British shows Bluestone 42, about a British bomb unit in Afghanistan, and The Syndicate, about lottery winners. He has two films slated for 2016. I put Lewis on my list because I just felt like he had that Bond look. He might not be an Oscar-award winning actor, but since when does a James Bond film require that level of talent anyway?
Okay, so khaleesi’s latest effort to helm a franchise didn’t go too well. With a budget of $155 million, Terminator Genisys grossed just $89 million. Ouch. But the box office failure certainly wasn’t Clarke’s fault. If Game of Thrones and Terminator are any indication, Emilia Clarke is more than capable of kicking serious ass. Though Emily Blunt would be a more natural fit for Bond, Clarke definitely has the action chops to be a viable candidate.
Americans likely know Richard Armitage best for his role as Thorin Oakenshield in the Hobbit films, but anyone familiar with the British series Strike Back know this actor has serious James Bond potential. In the show, Armitage plays an agent working for a secretive branch of a British Intelligence service. Sound familiar? During his time on Strike Back, the actor saw his fair share of fist fights and fire fights, making him a logical fit for 007. The only downside to Armitage taking on Bond is that he’s already 44 – a bit older than the average age (40) of previous actors as they first played the secret agent. Then again, Roger Moore was 46 and David Niven was 57, so it wouldn’t be out of the question. But if the studio is looking for an actor that can spend a decade of his life being Bond, they’ll probably want to find someone younger.
Theo James first broke onto the scene with his role as Mr. Pamuk in Downton Abbey. Since his unusual exit from the show, he’s become an action movie star with the Divergent and Underworld series. There’s no doubt he knows his way around an action franchise and he’ll be available once the Divergent movies wrap up in 2017.
Tom Mison is best known for his role as Ichabod Crane in the TV series Sleepy Hollow, now in its third season. Prior to finding success on the prime time show, Mison made appearances in Lost in Austen, One Day, and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. Mison would already have both American and British appeal going into his term as Bond, an appealing detail worth considering by the studio.
John Boyega is probably best known as the sweaty Storm Trooper seen in the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But before he donned that iconic white armor, he made waves playing Moses in the monster flick Attack the Block. You don’t have to look hard to see Boyega’s resemblance to a young Denzel Washington – an actor known for action films like Training Day and The Book of Eli. Little is known about his character in Star Wars, so his involvement with future franchise films is uncertain. But as long as he isn’t given his own spin off film, he might be worth pursuing as the next 007.
What did you think of the list? Who else should be included? Thanks for reading an leave your suggestions in the comments!