The End Of Daniel Craig: Who’s Next To Wear The 007 Crown
WITH Daniel Craig admitting he’s only contracted to play James Bond once more, attention is beginning to turn to who’ll take up the mantle as the all-so-stylish Mr Bond.
Here we look at the best options to take on the role of the suave super spy in no particular order of preference.
The Londoner has shown his acting chops in a diverse range of roles from Soames Forsyte in ITV’s The Forsyte Saga to Sergeant Nicholas Brody in Showtime’s Homeland. Can he play a smooth talking secret agent who’s also good with the ladies and deadly when the going gets tough? Quite probably, but there’s definitely better options out there.
The 38-year-old star’s career has gone from strength to strength since being cast as a raw 19year-old in Steven Spielberg’s Amistad. Having received a number of awards over the years, and been nominated for numerous others including an Oscar nomination for his wonderful portrayal of Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave, he could be a great choice.
He may be Germanborn but his mother is from Larne, Country Antrim, in Northern Ireland, so we’re using the ‘parent rule’ so often used in international football here. Brooding, painfully attractive and an outstanding actor with an imposing screen presence when require, Fassbender should be a name in the mix when the baton is passed on from Craig.
Bear with me on this one. If Marvel can have a female Thor in their comic book universe, then surely a 21st century spy who has been male all this time can have a complete change. Of course, some will demand 007 remains an objectifying neanderthal who enjoys cocktails and a bit of fisticuffs, but 32-year-old Emily is a strong, confident female who can also kick ass. We can just call her Jaimie Bond.
This man can turn his hand to anything when asked. Whether he’s portraying an incarcerated criminal icon (Bronson), a superstrong supervillain (The Dark Knight Rises) or a gangster (RocknRolla and Legend), Hardy could bring the ‘hard’ to the gritty, violent Bond we’ve been used to under Craig. And he looks great in a suit.
We can’t have a list of potential Bond successors without an obligatory Scot being in the mix. And McAvoy has really been proving he’s an acting force to be reckoned with over recent years. From Filth to X-Men First Class and the subsequent sequel, Days of Future Past this 36-year-old Glaswegian is magnetic when he’s on screen, and that’s what we want in a British spy. Isn’t it?
Let’s ignore the comment that Elba is “too street” to play Bond, as said by author Anthony Horowitz. Idris can be dapper in a tux and bow tie. And he can be aggressive and manipulative, as seen when he played Stringer Bell in HBO’s The Wire. So there’s no reason why he couldn’t be considered.
Most of these suggestions have been of the mid to late 30s range, so it’s maybe time to look at some of the younger British talent on the rise and one name that would be a great shout is O’Connell. The Derby actor is a born star. Ferocious in Starred Up, moving in Unbroken and outstanding in ’71, he’s a name that should be on any list.
A star most definitely on the rise, Boyega impressed in British sci-fi horror Attack the Block and is set to thrill audiences again in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He’s young; he’s incredibly talented and should be given the opportunity to show his versatility on screen.