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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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The 9 Greatest Spoof Movies Ever

Aaron Phillips

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There have been so many great spoof movies over the past four decades. So, sit back and buckle up as we countdown the nine greatest spoof movies of all time. And “don’t call me Shirley”.

9. Team America: World Police

Ok, so it’s all-puppet action as opposed to real-life actors, but it’s still up there. Written by the guys behind South Park, it parodies an American counter-terrorism force as they take on global terrorists. As you would expect, there are some cracking scenes throughout the movie. Kim Jong-il singing about being “so roney, so roney” is a highlight that isn’t easily forgotten. You also have to feel sorry for poor old Matt Damon. Although he’s had a glittering film career it’s still hard not to say “Matt Damon” in that monotone way every time you see him on screen. According to writers Matt Stone and Trey Parker, Damon’s puppet looked so vacant that they decided to make his character only able to say his name. Poor Matt. Add in some fantastic one-liners, over-the-top violence and sex scenes with puppets, you have a great film that will make you laugh, and cringe.

8. Blazing Saddles

Mel Brooks is the king of spoof and parody. He’s directed and written many a great spoof over the years, but Blazing Saddles was only his third movie in the director’s chair. This 1974 offering takes the proverbial from all the great western movies from the 40s and 50s. The film throws joke after joke at you, along with anachronisms aplenty. Lead actors Gene Wilder and Cleavon Little also deliver comedic gold performances that help make this film great. Brooks also does a clever job of dealing with racism throughout the movie; something that hadn’t really been done before. One of those moments is where Wilder and Little confront two Klan characters, before stealing their white gowns. Clever, and poignant. It’s also interesting to note that execs wanted to pull the plug before release, but soon realised they got it wrong. It was a financial success and has firmly sealed its place in history as an iconic piece of filmmaking. Not only that, but it’s also still rated very highly on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb today. Just goes to show that a classic stands the test of time.

7. Spaceballs

Yep, our old friend Mel Brooks features again in the director’s chair. This time he delves into the world of sci-fi; more specifically, Star Wars. Although it only made a small profit at the time, it’s gone on to become a cult classic and holds a fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes. The key to its success is it’s genuinely funny. The jokes are good enough to make you belly laugh. And the characters are so close to those on Star Wars, it’s amazing George Lucas gave his blessing for it to be made at all. He even went a step further and sent Mel Brooks a note to say he almost fell apart laughing through it. Praise indeed. Brooks’ other golden touch was casting Rick Moranis as Dark Helmet. I think you’ll struggle to find a funnier bad guy. There are also rumours of a sequel, predicted in the film itself as ‘The search for more Money’, although nothing has been greenlit at the moment. We live in hope.

6. Scary Movie

Ok, so there have been five films in the Scary Movie franchise but the first one from 2000 makes our list of spoof movies. Written by Shawn and Marlon Wayans and directed by Keenan Ivory Wayans, it’s definitely a family affair. Although later films parody a wide range of films, this one heavily relies on Scream, and I Know What You Did Last Summer. This works in the film’s favour as you don’t spend the entire movie wondering what film they’re parodying for each joke. You know that Ghostface from Scream is going to feature a lot. And he does. The scene where he gets stoned with a bunch of guys and prank calls people is still funny today. The later films just feel like a collection of forced jokes as they ran out of horror movies to parody. Although it received mixed reviews, it made a monumental profit at the box office.

5. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad

No spoof movies list would be complete without at least one that features the brilliant Leslie Nielson. The Naked Gun, released in 1988, was based on the short-lived TV series from 1982. Created by the legend of deadpan comedy David Zucker, it follows Lt Frank Drebin on his escapades. The original Police Squad series was a spoof of 60s police dramas; particularly M Squad, and The Naked Gun follows the same theme. Plus, it ends with one of the best death scenes in film history with Nielson waving his arms and calmly addressing the crowd with “nothing to see here”. With superb writing and acting, The Naked Gun was released to critical acclaim. It also made a healthy profit at the box office and is often listed as one the greatest comedy films ever made.

4. Hot Shots!

Released in 1991 and directed by Jim Abrahams, Hot Shots! keeps things simple by purely being a spoof of Top Gun. And a very good one it is too. Not only is the writing funny and sharp, but it also has a fantastic cast. Playing the lead roles are Charlie Sheen and Cary Elwes as the two feuding pilots. Both actors are masters of comedic timing and they deliver their lines with razorlike sharpness. The plot revolves around a mission to Iraq, with the added love triangle involving Sheen and Elwes’ characters and a female therapist. This sub-plot lends itself to some genuinely hilarious scenes between the two actors. Credit also has to go to the fantastic Lloyd Bridges. He plays a commander who seems to have had every part of his body replaced due to it being blown off in various battles. His lines in the movie are comedy gold. A great film that hits all its spoof targets with absolute aplomb.

3. Monty Python’s Life of Brian

Written and performed by legendary British comedy troupe Monty Python, Life of Brian had a controversial start. Being a satire of Jesus’ life was always going to cause some angst among some religious communities. In fact, some countries including Ireland and Norway banned it from being shown on release. In some cases that ban the latest decades. Life of Brian is often quoted as one of the greatest comedy films ever made. The writing is as good as you would expect from the Monty Python crew, and the jokes keep coming all the way through. Who can forget the immortal line, “he’s not the messiah, he’s a very naughty boy”. It made a modest box office profit at release but has gone on to earn iconic status. Rotten Tomatoes have it as a 95% certified fresh rating and it’s still raved about today.

2. This is Spinal Tap

This is the film that kicked off a new genre of filmmaking – the mockumentary. Parodying band biopics from the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, it follows fictional band Spinal Tap on their debut American tour. If you’ve ever played in a band – as I do – so much of what’s in this film is true. I can personally attest to getting lost in venues and playing shows where no one turns up. Director Rob Reiner was sending up the pretensions of rock and roll bands and he nailed it. What’s also interesting is the majority of the dialogue throughout the film is improvised. Credit to the actors for pulling off some truly iconic lines. Whether it’s the Stonehenge scene or the legendary amp up to eleven scene, this film has embedded itself in our culture forever. It was only a modest success when it was first released, but its impact has left a lasting impression.

1. Airplane!

Well, we’ve flown; shot and rode our way to number one on our list of spoof movies. Once again, we arrive at a film directed by the dream team of the Zucker brothers and Jim Abrahams. Loosely based on air disaster movies of the 50s and 60s, it follows a plane whose crew are taken out with a sickness bug. Cue disgraced former pilot Ted Striker to save the day. Released in 1980, this was the film that set Leslie Nielson on the path of spoof comedy. He only has a fairly minor role as the doctor, but he delivers some of the best lines in the movie. ‘I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley’, is iconic. Lloyd Bridges also features as the man on the ground at air traffic control and turns in a chaotic but brilliant performance. Upon release, it made a whopping $168 million dollars at the box office and received critical acclaim. It’s also certified fresh at Rotten Tomatoes, along with ranking as one of the best on IMDb. It’s one of those films that make you cry with laughter thanks to clever writing and some fantastic performances. A timeless classic.


That’s our list of the nine greatest spoof movies. Did we miss any? Which is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below.


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Read IMDb information about Airplane! HERE.

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