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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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9 Bands You Forgot Played Themselves In Movies

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There are more bands than you think that played themselves on the big screen. Here are nine bands you might’ve forgotten appeared in movies.

1. Alice Cooper – Wayne’s World (1992)

Being a teenager in the nineties was great for many reasons. Two of those being the release of the Wayne’s World movies. The genius that is Mike Myers created one of the best music-based films of all time. Plus, he convinced one of the greatest rock musicians of all time to be in it. If you’re not a geek like me, you may have forgotten that Alice Cooper was featured in the film. It had the iconic scene of Wayne and Garth meeting, Alice, backstage on bent knees. We’re not worthy, indeed. Alice himself pulls off the diva Rockstar brilliantly, even though he’s a genuine, down-to-earth guy who plays a lot of golf.

2. Primus – Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991)

Let’s try and erase the recent Bill & Ted movie from our memory and head back to 1991 for their bogus journey. They come from the future to kill the non-robot versions of themselves and ruin their performance at a Battle of the Bands competition. What’s cool is the band who are playing before them. Californian alt-metal kings Primus. Although the clip is only short, they play themselves and sound as you would expect. Epic.

3. Fall Out Boy – Sex Drive (2008)

You’d be forgiven for forgetting about this one. The teen sex comedy from 2008 is forgettable and won’t really appeal to anyone apart from its teen target audience. If you can sit through all the cringe-inducing moments, you will spot pop-rockers Fall Out Boy. They are performing in a barn in front of some drunk Amish teenagers. There’s a reason for that, but I won’t bore you with it here. What is good, is the soundtrack of the film. As well as Fall Out Boy, it features Airbourne, AC/DC and weirdly, Kenny Loggins.

4. Twisted Sister – Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)

Paul Reuben’s character Pee Wee Herman made his big-screen outing in 1985. The children’s show star had a scene where he is being chased through a studio parking lot. Unbeknown to him, glam rockers Twisted Sister are recording a music video on a car. Lead singer Dee Snider is always up for a laugh, so it’s no surprise they’re featured. The clip is brilliant. Pee Wee’s prop-laden bike is just about to crash into Twisted Sister and the look on Dee’s face is genius. Go check out the clip.

5. David Bowie – Zoolander (2001)

Who can forget the brilliant Zoolander? Starring Ben Stiller as the dippy model, it’s one of the funniest comedies ever made. One of the best scenes of the film is the walk-off. This involved Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson’s characters doing a catwalk-off. Of sorts. Can you remember who refereed it? The legend himself, David Bowie. It’s not the first time Bowie was in a movie – remember Labyrinth? But this time, he plays himself. And does it with all the cool swagger you would expect.

6. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – Clueless (1995)

I can’t say that I was a massive fan of this teen comedy at the time. The plot revolves around Alicia Silverstone’s character giving her friend a makeover. The premise doesn’t sound like it lends itself to a cool band cameo. You’d be wrong, though. There’s a scene where the lead characters go watch a gig. The band that are playing are The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. The Boston ska-punk legends are only on stage for a moment, but it’s a slick clip. It certainly brings the film up a level on the cool stakes.

7. Daft Punk – Tron: Legacy (2010)

This sequel to the original sci-fi classic is a cracking movie. The visuals and effects are stunning, as is the atmosphere of the film. The music to the film is also rather special. A futuristic and dystopian movie could only have one act doing the score, and that’s Daft Punk. It works a treat. The music is intertwined into the movie and becomes a part of it. The delicious electronica is the perfect complement to the visuals. The French electronic masters also have a cameo at the end of the movie. They’re spinning the decks in a blink-and-you-miss-it scene.

8. Aerosmith – Wayne’s World (1993)

We’ve already had an appearance from the first film further up our list, and the second doesn’t disappoint either. The plot revolves around Wayne and Garth putting on their own music festival. Book them and they will come, is the advice given. And they certainly did. The headline band for the festival were none other than Aerosmith themselves. They do a sterling effort on stage as performers. And Steven Tyler also shows that he can handle his own on the acting front too.

9. Reel Big Fish – BASEketball (1998)

Trey Parker and Matt Stone star in this bizarre and hilarious sports comedy. Written by the king of spoof David Zucker, it’s become a cult classic. The soundtrack heavily features ska-punkers Reel Big Fish. They do a brilliant rendition of A-HA’s Take on Me, which they also perform in the movie. The band are the entertainment at the stadium where Parker and Stone are competing. You can tell by the footage that the band are clearly enjoying themselves. They add a touch more fun to an already hugely funny film.


That’s our list of nine bands who played themselves in movies. Did we miss any of your favourites? Let us know in the comments below.


Check out our list of actors in bands HERE.

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