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9 Actors Who Could Be The Next James Bond And Why

Laura Kennedy

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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.


Check our more of our James Bond articles HERE.

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9 Movie Remakes That Should Never Have Been Made

Aaron Phillips

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Let’s have a look at nine movie releases remakes that definitely shouldn’t have never been made to seen the light of day.

It seems that in recent years, Hollywood have run out of original movie ideas. There has been remake after remake of films that were initially successful. As it often the case, film execs decide to cash in and remake these films for a new audience.

Now, sometimes this works. Oceans Eleven; The Jungle Book and Woman in Black are some examples that come to mind.

But sometimes it can go spectacularly wrong. This can be due to poor box office sales or being critically panned by the critics. Or it could just be the fact that the writing is utterly diabolical.

9. The Omen (2006)

If you’re going to have a pop at remaking a horror classic, then you have to bring something new to the table. The David Seltzer-penned 1976 original is a horror classic. Brooding and sinister, it doesn’t rely on shock scares. Instead, it uses atmosphere; some fantastic actors; a great script and an Oscar-winning musical score. This remake from 2006 didn’t live up to its predecessor’s brilliance. In fact, there’s no good reason why it was made. The plot follows almost the exact same story as the original film. A large majority of the scenes are practically identical, which seems pointless. You can’t blame the cast as there was some fine actors involved – Mia Farrow, Pete Postlethwaite and Michael Gambon to name a few. But their acting skills were not enough to make this movie good.

It adds nothing new to the original story; it’s just the same film with a different cast. It did make a healthy profit at the box office ($120 million), but the critic reviews were not good for the reasons I’ve mentioned. Fan-reviewed websites also have pretty poor reviews for it, so don’t just take my word for it.

8. Robin Hood (2018)

There have been a few Robin Hood movies over the years. Some are better than others, but this remake from 2018 is truly terrible. There are many factors involved and the two lead men are fine actors, but just not in this movie. Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx have a great filmography, but their ham acting is just cringeworthy here. Blame should also go to the script, which is cheesier than a large cheese pudding. There is plenty of action sequences, but the costumes and dialogue are all anachronistic. This all adds to the clunkiness of the whole debacle. It was also a box office bomb and universally panned by critics. If you want a good Robin Hood movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously, watch Robin Hood: Men in Tights from 1993.

7. Get Carter (2000)

The 1971 original is often hailed as one of the greatest movies of all time. A lot of that had to do with the charismatic Michael Caine as the lead character. A gritty Londoner out for revenge after the murder of his brother. In 2000 the movie was remade, but this time it’s set in Seattle with Sylvester Stallone as the lead character. The premise is still the same as the original film, but Sly Stallone kicking butts in Seattle just doesn’t have the same impact. Yes, there are some cool fight scenes and Sly does a good job on the acting front. But it doesn’t have the coolness or panache of the original. It just another Sly fronted action-thriller with little substance. Critics and audiences agreed, and it was universally panned. It also lost $40 million at the international box office.

Psycho (1998)

I’m going to open with the same point I made earlier in this article. If you are going to remake a classic movie, then be innovative and do something new. Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 original is a masterpiece of creepy psychological filmmaking. Unfortunately, this 1998 remake failed to improve on any of that. Vince Vaughn played the Norman Bates character with Anne Heche playing Marion Crane. They do a fair job in portraying these iconic characters but bring nothing new to them. I guess seeing the film in colour helps bring a modern feel to it; especially as fake blood was used as opposed to chocolate sauce in the original. But interesting facts aside, it’s pretty much a shot-for-shot remake of the original.

Even the director Gus Van Sant admitted later it was an experiment to see if a shot-for-shot movie would work. It didn’t, as was proved by the critical and financial failure of the film. Then it barely made back half of its $60 million dollar budget. It was also given several Golden Raspberry awards for worst director and worst remake. This proves that you don’t mess around with Alfred Hitchcock.

5. Robocop (2014)

I remember walking into the cinema to watch this full of excitement. I left the cinema two hours later full of popcorn, but also full of disappointment. The original 1987 film is a cult classic. It’s mix of action; violence and satire made it one of the best movies of the decade. This remake from 2014 failed to hit any of those spots. Yes, it had some small elements of political satire and philosophical touches from the original, but little else. People with weak stomachs will applaud the lack of gore, but without it, the film seems too melodramatic. The updated effects make this remake look better, but the substance and excitement just aren’t there. Critics were overwhelming negative of the film too. There is also another reboot in the works. Why?!

4. The Fog (2005)

Enveloping fog has always been a good premise from a horror film. John Carpenter also thought so and made a creepy such film in 1980. The plot revolves around a mysterious fog that brings dead sailors to haunt and terrorize a Californian town. Sometimes the passage of time can allow for the special effects to improve, and it does here. But the gaps between the various grisly deaths are just dull. The characters are wooden, and you don’t end up caring when they meet their untimely demise. John Carpenter did produce this remake so it’s surprising there isn’t more depth to it. It did make a small profit at the box office but was universally panned by movie critics. If you do have to watch it just don’t engage your brain.

3. Total Recall (2012)

Another movie that tried to reboot an iconic sci-fi action film. 1990’s original was set on Mars and featured Arnold Schwarzenegger in the lead role. At the time, it was one of the most expensive movies ever made. This remake from 2012 had Colin Farrell in the lead role, supported by the brilliant Kate Beckinsale. This is another film that’s enjoyable to watch, just don’t try thinking whilst watching. There are plenty of spectacular action sequences that fizz, pop and bang, but don’t expect substance. It lacks any depth to the plot and misses the mark on the dry humour and character development that the original had. Pretty much all the movie critics agreed as well.

2. Bangkok Dangerous (2008)

Ah, Nicolas Cage. His movies in recent years have been a bit, well, hit and miss. And that’s being generous. It’s a shame as he is genuinely a great actor. But in recent years he’s picked terrible films to be in, and often dials in a performance. This remake from the Pang brothers Thai original from 1999 has none of the unique hallmarks of the original. For example, Nic Cage’s character is no longer deaf and mute like he was in the original. This seems odd as the brothers also directed this remake. A meandering plot; wooden performances and clunky cinematography make this a flop. It also received poor reviews and barely broke even at the box office.

1. Death Wish (2018)

The Charles Bronson 1974 original was a violent but successful vigilante movie. It also hit a chord with Americans at a time of increasing urban violence. It spawned several sequels, but this 2018 remake had Bruce Willis dishing out the justice. The original film had a point to make about taking the law into your own hands and did it with a visceral bang. The film was shocking at the time with its violence and rape scene, but it was relevant to explain how the lead character changed through the film. This remake doesn’t explore any of this.

It’s a brainless revenge movie that doesn’t have the same impact as the original and Bruce Willis dials in a lacklustre performance. It doesn’t add anything to the original film, and you’re left feeling empty after watching it. The whole thing seems pointless and morally bankrupt. In fact, it makes the 1974 original seem almost philosophical. It also received criticism for being released a few weeks after the Douglas High School shooting in Florida and for glorifying guns. It also barely made a profit at the box office and overwhelmingly received negative reviews.


And that’s our list of nine movie remakes that should never have been given the green light. Did we miss any? do you agree with us? Let us know in the comments below.


Read about what went wrong with the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street HERE.

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