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9 Actors Who Could Be The Next James Bond And Why

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There’s one big question in the film circles right now. Which acting personality will take over as the next James Bond after the exit of Daniel Craig from the iconic 007 role? Here are our 9 actors who could be the next James Bond and why.

Sliding into the charismatic, witty, and tough role as Bond is arguably one of the highest degrees of recognition as an actor. Whoever lands the role will be the epitome of masculinity. An alpha male who will extend the legacy of the likes of Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan, and now Daniel Craig. The level of development in cinema has raised highly gifted actors with the capacity to fit into these heavy shoes. Here are the 9 actors who could be the next James Bond.

9. Nicholas Hoult

Nicholas Hoult is not new to the hype of franchise roles. Does this make him the right man for the job? Well, the 30-year-old English actor has the muscles to fight through the stiff competition to take up the highly acclaimed role. His roles in X-Men and Mad Max: Fury Road is a reminder of the great actor he is and the quality he can bring in the James Bond role. Though he is the youngest actor on the list, he has, obviously, demonstrated the charisma needed to be the next Bond.

8. James Norton

James Norton’s name has not escaped reports of him being one of those expected to be the next James Bond. Though he has been denying the gossips, it’s crystal clear that he has the acting package that can elevate him to become the next big thing in cinema. As a young English actor, he has the support of fans and the energy to become the perfect man for the job. In fact, he is in the same age bracket that Craig was when he got the opportunity to be the man at the helm of the coveted job. At 35 years old, he is best suited to push the role to a legendary level and, possibly, give it a different direction that would bring more dynamism. If he manages to land the role, it would be interesting to see how far he would take it.

7. Michael Fassbender

Michael Fassbender has received his fair share of speculations as a worthy replacement of Craig for some time now. Back in 2011, there was talk that he was a perfect candidate for the job. He responded by saying that he was truly flattered by the fact that people could associate him with the iconic role. In 2014, he showed his interest in the role, citing that it would be an appealing opportunity for him to act as 007. The good news for the 43-year-old Irish-German actor is that the support of fans on taking up the role has been consistent. This implies that it wouldn’t be a surprise if he happened to be the one taking up the role of the next symbol of manliness. He understands that being among the top 10 named contenders for the highly acclaimed super-spy is not a simple thing.

5. Damien Lewis

The 49-year-old English actor has attracted publicity as a viable candidate to become the next James Bond. Part of the reason why he has become so popular in this regard is because of his wide experience in acting in the action and thriller genre. Most notably is the role in the widely known and acclaimed Homeland TV series. The wealth of experience that he has should make it natural for him to be the next Bond for the next couple of years. In spite of a lot of speculation about him being the next in line for the 007 franchise, he hasn’t said much about it. One thing that is worth noting is that there are those who have raised questions about his red hair. Yet, he once talked on the issue and joked that it was time for the cinema world to see a red-haired Bond.

4. Idris Elba

Another big name that has dominated the talks of who will succeed Daniel Craig is that of Idris Elba. The popular African-British 48-year-old actor has continually proved that he has the qualities that can make a great James Bond character. In fact, a good number of stakeholders in the film industry claim that it’s about time that we had the first black actor play 007. Despite the fact that there are fans who don’t agree with the idea of Elba taking the helm as the new James Bond on the grounds of age and race. There are a lot who fully support him.

If it’s the charismatic attributes that align with the Bond role, he has them. Having played a major role in crime drama Luther, which has enjoyed tremendous success. He has earned himself the notable opportunity to be on this list.

6. Andrew Lincoln

If you’ve been following The Walking Dead TV Series, you must have noted and experienced the superior acting prowess of Andrew Lincoln. The 47-year old English actor. He has a way of capturing the hearts and minds of fans through this charisma and leadership qualities. He appears fearless on the screen and is not hesitant to take a step that would distinguish him from other actors.

As an observer for a long time, I can attest that the Bond character deems it necessary for an actor to be. He’s witty, tough, and magnetic, and these are the attributes that Lincoln portrays as an actor. Having watched him for a long time in his previous works, I can affirm that he has the strength and determination to fit into the shoes of Daniel Craig. Indeed, Lincoln is a man to watch since his rising star has been clear for everyone to see.

3. Henry Cavill

The 37-year-old English actor is not new to trying his luck as the next James Bond. He had actually auditioned for the role before when he lost to Craig. Quite frankly, you can see his enthusiasm and zeal to become a highly regarded actor in the action genre. It’s argued that part of the reason why he couldn’t make it to take up the role was that he was way too young at the time. But, now at 37, he has truly matured to offer what the 007 role expects. Without a doubt, it’s now his moment to shine.

The action genre is the epitome of the Bond collections, and Cavill is not a stranger to such. He has time and again showed that he can deliver his best at the highest level possible. His exemplary performances in the action genre are evident in Man of Steel and The Witcher. Based on his previous and current projects, it’s obvious that he has the charisma that perfectly fits the role of James Bond.

2. Tom Hiddleston

Here comes another English actor with the precise calibre to fit into the James Bond franchise. His story is not that of a sudden flight. But, there’s a history to the 39-year old’s rise to stardom. Thus, his name doesn’t appear on this list as a fluke. Just to mention, his performance in The Night Manager is a perfect example of what he can offer as he plays 007.

Solid reviews of his past works are a testament that he has the stamina to join the legends of the Bond story. In 2016, when asked about his thoughts on being the next in line as the emblem of ‘manliness’. He responded by saying that it would be a great opportunity and that he wouldn’t take it for granted. We can only wait and see how things unfold as the countdown to the next Bond continue.

1. Tom Hardy

Of course, he’s at the top. If you have been keenly following the latest cinema news, you must have heard quite a lot about Tom Hardy. His popularity has been on the rise for the past decade. This makes him a perfect choice to take up the role of the next James Bond. Think of the qualities that make up the natural 007 and you’ll find them landing squarely on him. He is tough, suave, and incredibly charming. These are the characteristics that fans of the Bond franchise would like to see on their screens. Having experienced this for a long time, they wouldn’t want to take anything less.

As a highly respected actor with lots of experience in the action film genre, he has the pedigree of being the best in his game.

His successes in Mad Max: Fury Road in 2015 and Legend are a clear sign the 43-year old English actor has what it takes to take over from Daniel Craig. Undeniably, Hardy has the wit, sophistication, and classiness that make him a frontrunner to become the next James Bond.

As one of the major films distributed by MGM, the James Bond franchise remains a globally renowned entertainment product. It’s for this reason that the wait for the next lead actor has attracted a lot of interest. We can only wait and see who takes up the coveted role.


And that’s our list of 9 actors who could be the next James Bond and why. What do you think? Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments below.


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No Time To Die – Review

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No Time To Die is the 25th instalment in the official James Bond series. It’s the VERY long-awaited follow-up to 2015’s Spectre. The 6-year gap between the two films is only matched by the same gap between Timothy Dalton’s last outing in 1989’s Licence To Kill and Pierce Brosnan’s debut in 1995’s Goldeneye. Here’s our review of No Time To Die.

SPOILERS: If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen the film, but if not there are spoilers ahead.

Of course, there are mitigating factors in that enormous gap. Namely COVID. Which made No Time To Die the first major film to delay its release due to the pandemic. Although, this film has had a difficult gestation irrespective of the global situation in the last 18 months. As soon as Spectre was released the speculation over Daniel Craig’s future in the role began. With him initially suggesting he would rather slash his own wrists than play the iconic spy again. He did a mea culpa on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show in August 2017, where he confirmed he would appear as Bond for a fifth and final time. The original director and writer, Danny Boyle and John Hodge, left the project a year later over creative differences. Cory Joji Fukunaga took over as director. While Bond script veterans Robert Wade and Neil Purvis took charge of the screenplay – with a sprinkling of magic from Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Delays

Originally slated for release in April 2020, at long last, we finally get to see Daniel Craig’s denouement as 007. His portrayal of Bond has been very much in keeping with the character of Ian Fleming’s original novels. His performances have certainly followed the dramatic lineage of Sean Connery and Timothy Dalton. Rather than the lighter portrayals by Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan. Yet his Bond has displayed a vulnerability only really demonstrated with any plausibility by George Lazenby in his solitary outing as 007 in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

The deference to On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is presented in stark relief throughout this 2h43min epic. Making this the longest Bond film in the series. As this was the first film I’ve seen at the cinema since before the pandemic, I was already excited before I even sat down. As a massive James Bond fan as well, I was close to apoplexy! I felt a tangible shiver go down my spine as the iconic gun barrel sequence appeared before we see James cruising around Italy in the classic DB5 with Madeleine Swann at his side. This anticipation was clearly felt by other cinema-goers. They have made No Time To Die break the UK box office record for the biggest opening weekend. It took almost £26m, breaking the record previously held by Skyfall.

I’m not going to spoil the plot for those who’ve not seen it. I had made a conscious decision to avoid spoilers before I went.

A step up?

This film is another shot in the arm for those who see Craig as the definitive Bond. This was aided by a refocusing of the Bond canon after the main tropes of the series were stretched to breaking point by the invisible cars and melting ice palaces of Die Another Day. And then stretched still further by Madonna’s cameo as a fencing instructor. Daniel Craig was given leeway to truly regenerate James Bond for the 21st Century. The stripped-back nature of Casino Royale, without most of the supporting characters that have been a staple of the series like Q and Moneypenny. Gave him licence (pardon the pun) to explore the deepest and darkest recesses of the Bond psyche. Some well-drawn female leads and villains really allowed Craig’s Bond to spar with them with depth and genuine emotion.

That exploration continues and grows in No Time To Die. We get to see an ageing, truly world-weary Bond, whose past he appears unable to escape. This leaves him in a state of almost constant angst. Paradoxically though, we also see him truly relaxed at times. In a way I can’t recall ever seeing James Bond in any of his previous cinematic outings.

Screen time

The issue with that exploration is that a number of characters then have their screen time cut. Moneypenny is reduced to little more than a cameo. And Remi Malek’s Safin is almost secondary as he features in the opening moments as his story is told, but then disappears for what seemed like an eternity. He of course reappears but he almost seems a mild irritation within the plot and merely a conduit to allow us to see the climax of Daniel Craig’s Bond era. It’s a disappointing underuse of a terrific actor. One with a captivating screen presence, who could have been one of the most menacing Bond villains of all time. That said, the influence of his dastardly but highly sophisticated plan is felt by all of the main protagonists. Christoph Waltz’s Blofeld continues to wreak his havoc with malevolent glee from his cell. He again revels in the chaos of his twisted sibling rivalry with Bond.

Lea Seydoux is wonderful again as Dr Madeleine Swann, picking up where she left off in Spectre and giving Bond as good as he gets in every way imaginable.

There are new characters who definitely cut through. Ana De Armas is utterly charming in her relatively brief time on-screen as Paloma, while Lashana Lynch takes no nonsense from Bond as Nomi. She also gives us a potential indicator as to the future direction of the franchise. Which has been the subject of much discussion in all quarters. That debate has even made its way into the political sphere with even Boris Johnson weighing in on what gender the next actor to play 007 should be.

Score

Hans Zimmer’s score is classic Hans Zimmer, adding power and bombast to the usual mix of stunning scenery and brilliantly choreographed stunts. He brilliantly weaves nods to previous entries in the Bond musical tapestry throughout his score. While his cues are always thunderous, they never overpower the action on screen, but do add a sonic rumble that I don’t think has been heard in a Bond score for quite some time. I found Fukunaga’s direction a bit mixed, with some of the cinematography unnecessarily showy. Some of the tracking shots almost gave me motion sickness while some (admittedly beautifully composed) shots of the scenery seemed to have made the edit purely so as whoever the drone operator was could demonstrate their skills.

Duration

The film is much too long, although at no point did I check my watch. It’s not that any of the plot points are superfluous, more that the pacing is a little slow in places. Some of the dialogue feels cliched and clunky, making what is a great story feel a tad generic. Which doesn’t do anyone justice. However, there were some excellent jokes, and I laughed out loud several times. You don’t have to be a 007 super fan to get some of the self-referential humour that they seem to enjoy sprinkling throughout the film.

Billie Eilish’s theme song is a worthy addition to the collection and certainly sits comfortably within the top half of the ‘Bond Theme Chart’. It’s definitely more memorable and evocative than Sam Smith’s ‘Writing On The Wall’ for Spectre. Her voice trembles at times as you can almost feel she recognises the significance of singing the theme for Daniel Craig’s final appearance in the franchise.

It was also very pleasing to see that this film has moved with the times and reflects the world of 2021 with its portrayal of women. Every single female character had a genuine purpose and important role within the plot. While of course, the female actors playing those roles are all irrefutably glamorous and attractive. There was genuine respect and no objectification of women.

Wrapping up

I came out of the screening with mixed emotions. Glad to be back in the cinema on one hand, sad that Daniel Craig’s stint ordering Martini’s was over on the other. I was pleased that such a good climax had been created to bring this era of Bond to a close, and all its story arcs had been brought to conclusions. I’m also excited and apprehensive in equal measure for the future of such an iconic film series. But I was disappointed with some of the characters not getting the necessary screen-time to truly develop their characters. Surprisingly, I was almost tearful at the final few moments, especially as the credits rolled.

Overall, this is a loving homage to the James Bond series, past and present. It’s a solid if unspectacular film in its own right, but the performances of Daniel Craig and Lea Seydoux, as well as the Bond history it wraps itself in, elevate it beyond that.

It’s not Craig’s best Bond film, as Skyfall is almost untouchable in my opinion, but it does bring closure to his tenure in the tuxedo in a manner that should please Bond fans across the board. It also tantalises us as to what the 6th age of Bond will look like. Let the intense speculation begin!


CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 7/10


Thank you for reading our review of James Bond No Time To Die. Do you agree or disagree with our points or have anything to add? If so, leave us a comment below.


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