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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.


Check our more of our James Bond articles HERE.

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Jungle Cruise – Review

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Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt swing in with force in Disney’s new Jungle Cruise. And while the movie has fun callbacks to the Disney Park ride and a clever plot, if this movie is trying to be the next Pirates of the Caribbean, it falls short. Here’s our review of Jungle Cruise.

SPOILERS: Warning there are spoilers ahead.

Plot

To be honest, I was expecting a much less creative plot from this movie. Following suit with typical adventure movies, I was expecting this film to be a less-funny version of the Jumanji reboot. But the plot has an unexpected emotional centre and a clever twist. And while the film suffers from CGI villain goopiness, it gives the CGI villains actual heart and motivations.

The film centres on Lilly (Emily Blunt), a botanist in search of a healing petal. The petal is said to be able to cure any illness and resides deep in the Amazon Rainforest. She is accompanied by her little brother, McGregor (Jack Whitehall) and their hired skipper, Frank (Dwayne Johnson).

But a curse resides around the petal. Spanish conquistador Aguirre (Edgar Ramirez) and his crew went in search of the petal four hundred years ago. The petal can only be found with an arrowhead sacred to the Umbala or Headhunter tribe of the region. When Aguirre and his crew are on the brink of death, the Umbala tribe saves them. But Aguirre betrays them to get his hands on the arrowhead, and the chief of the Umbala tribe curses Aguirre and his party. They can never stray from the river, or the rainforest will take them. For four hundred years, they’ve lain dormant, having strayed too far from the banks of the river. They cannot die.

Now the arrowhead rests with a sexist scientific community. Lilly steals the arrowhead, just before it was set to be sold to Prince Joachim (Jesse Plemons). Joachim works for the German government during the height of World War One. He believes that the petal will not only bring victory to Germany, but will make him a world ruler. (How he thinks it will do that is unclear).

As Lilly, McGregor, and Frank make their way down the Amazon in search of the Petal, Joachim follows and occasionally attacks them in his submarine. Deciding he needs more help, he wakes up Aguirre, now a monster of the Amazon, and his crew. Aguirre, who is now made out of snakes, and his two colleagues, one of which is made out of honey and bees and the other mud and tee frogs, are sent on Lilly’s trail.

What happens next is the usual adventure. White water rapids, a run-in with the Umbala tribe (who become allies), submarine fights, swinging on jungle vines; you name it.

But after a run-in with Aguirre, Lilly learns the truth about Frank. In a plot twist I absolutely did not see coming, it turns out that Frank is actually Francisco, Aguirre’s cartographer. We learn that Aguirre was not looking for the petal for glory or gold, but to save his deeply ill daughter. Aguirre and Francisco grew up together, and they were willing to do anything to save his daughter. But when Aguirre betrays the Umbala tribe, Francisco tries to stop Aguirre. Francisco was also cursed to be unable to leave the riverbank, but Aguirre kept returning to fight and defeat (stab) Francisco.

Tired of constantly getting stabbed, Francisco traps Aguirre in a cave. Letting the Amazon have him and turn him into the monster he is today. Francisco then built a town on the river banks, built a boat in search of the petal, gave up, and now runs river cruises.

While the plot is very complicated, it’s easy enough to follow while watching the film. I will say that the motivations of Joachim are a little hard to follow. But the plot twist with Frank was very clever. It gives a CGI-heavy Aguirre a human heart. Now all he wants to do is break the curse and be allowed to die. To do so he needs a petal. The plot in and of itself was much more clever than I expected.

Characters and performances

One character that pleasantly surprised me was McGregor. At first, I thought he was merely queer-coded. He definitely fell into some gay stereotypes, but I thought that was all it was going to be. A guy who was subtly a little queer. But, when Frank asks him why follows Lilly, even through a jungle, he gives a surprisingly candid answer. He explains to Frank that he is gay and that Lilly is the only one who supports him.

When the world turned his back on him, she stood with him, and for that, he would “follow her into a volcano.” This is the first time I can remember that a Disney character was very, clearly openly gay. Disney has had about a dozen “first gay characters,” but all of them have been off to the side. None of them has stated their sexuality or been open about it. McGregor not only states it outright but is not ashamed of it and it is not his only character trait. He becomes brave and capable and is a good friend to both Frank and Lilly. It was really surprising to see good representation from Disney in this film.

Emily Blunt also gives a wonderful performance (as she always does). She’s headstrong and stubborn, but kind. The sexism was a little on the nose, with a tired bit about how she wears pants, but she was delightful.

And Dwayne Johnson was… okay. He plays the exact same character in every movie he’s in. And while his performance was good in this movie, I can’t help but think that another actor could have done better. He and Emily Blunt have a romance in this movie, but they have absolutely no chemistry. It was hard to believe their romance. I think another actor could have added a little more to Frank’s character. Frank is an interesting character, and another actor could have done more with him. This movie might have been better without Dwayne Johnson.

This movie also might have been better without Joachim. His motivations were really hard to follow. At the end of the day, he was just another stereotype of a German general who only complicated the plot.

Summary

It feels as though Jungle Cruise might be Disney’s attempt to re-make the magic of Pirates of the Caribbean. But I can’t see this film becoming a franchise. The first Pirates movie is masterful, with amazing rewatchability. But Jungle Cruise, while fun, is forgettable. It’s not a movie I see myself rewatching anytime soon. If this is an attempt to create a new franchise for Disney; it falls short. But, the film was fun to watch and was a good movie theatre experience.


CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 5/10


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Read our review of Emily Blunt in A Quiet Place Part Two HERE.

Read IMDB information about Jungle Cruise HERE.

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