James Bond is arguably the most famous spy of all time. The character was created in the 20th century by author Ian Fleming. According to Fleming’s official website, Bond is a man in his late 30s of “slim build; eyes: blue; hair: black; scar down right cheek and on left shoulder; sign of plastic surgery on back of right hand; all-round athlete; expert pistol shot, boxer, knife-thrower; does not use disguises. Languages: French and German. Smokes heavily; vices: drink, but not excess, and women. Not thought to accept bribes.”
Agent 007 turned out not to just be a favorite among fictional women within the series, but also amongst Fleming’s audience; so much so, that Bond has become the central character of countless books, movies, and even video games. Through the years, Bond has been played by some of Hollywood’s most handsome men: George Lazenby, Timothy Dalton, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan, Sean Connery and Daniel Craig.
With news of the end of Daniel Craig’s contract, Bond fans everywhere are wondering who will be the next actor to portray their favourite spy. Here is a list of the top 10 front-runners who could be the next James Bond.
10 Idris Elba
Idris Elba rose to stardom with his role on the hit TV series, The Wire. Since then, he has appeared in quite a few films including the Thor franchise and Prometheus. Elba has become a media favourite amongst actors who could be the next James Bond. However, Elba does have a condition if he is chosen for the role: according to The Independent, he stated that he “just doesn’t want to be the black James Bond. Sean Connery wasn’t the Scottish James Bond and Daniel Craig wasn’t the blue-eyed James Bond so if I play him I don’t want to be called the black James Bond.”
9 Tom Hardy
Tom Hardy captured the eyes of audiences everywhere with his role as Eames in the movie Inception as well as his role as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. Despite his relatively new time in the spotlight, Hardy has been acting for years, including playing the villain Shinzon in the 2002 movie Star Trek: Nemesis. He has recently gained lots of media attention from his crazy car action sequences and acting in Mad Max: Fury Road. He will also shortly be playing the role of both Kray twins in the upcoming Legend. As The Independent stated, he “oozes cool” and would make a great Agent 007.
8 Henry Cavill
Henry Cavill is most famous for role as Superman in Man of Steel. However, he has appeared in numerous TV shows including The Tudors, which won an Emmy in 2008. He also performed in numerous films, such as The Amazing Spider-Man. Interestingly, Cavill was already offered the part of James Bond by director Martin Campbell in 2005. However, he was ultimately deemed too young for the role at the time. Now that he has aged a bit, will he have a second chance and be the next James Bond?
7 Jason Statham
Jason Statham is known for his roles in Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, Revolver, the Transporter series and of course, the Fast and Furious movies. Statham is also known for doing his own stunts, and resultantly getting injured by them, as explained to The Huffington Post: “Normally I get beaten up and I end up doing something that needs a bit of time to heal.”
He even had a “near death experience” while shooting Expendables 3. When interviewed about the possibility of his being the next James Bond, he reportedly told the Guardian, “Could I it? Abso-f***ing-lutely. Would I do it? Abso-f***ing-lutely.” Now there’s a man who’s determined.
6 Michael Fassbender
A man of German and Irish origin, Michael Fassbender rose to stardom with films such as Inglourious Basterds, X-Men: First Class, Shame and 12 Years a Slave. Fassbender’s latest project will be the role of Harry Hole, the Norwegian cop in Jo Nesbø’s The Snowman. The Independent reported that when asked about his possible role as agent 007, he said that he was “flattered that people are sort of making that link,” as well as usual ramblings about how he does not like to plan things as “they never work.”
5 Tom Hiddleston
Tom Hiddleston began acting for television in 2001, with his role in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. However, he only became well known in the world of cinema in 2011, with his portrayal of Loki in the Marvel Studios film Thor. He continued his role one year later in The Avengers movie.
According to The Independent, when Hiddleston was asked why he should be chosen as the next Bond, he answered “I’d like to bring a certain British charm to the part.” If anyone can make Bond an English gentleman, it is indeed Hiddleston. After all, he was born and raised in England, and is described as being “extremely polite, articulate and friendly."
4 Christian Bale
According to IMBD, Christian Bale is being considered as the next possible James Bond. Bale has been in countless movies including American Psycho, The Prestige and the Dark Knight trilogy. However, Bale is much more than simply an actor: he is also a husband, father and philanthropist. During his spare time, he relaxes at home with his wife Sibi Blazic, and their daughter Emmeline. He also works with charities such as Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund.
3 Hugh Jackman
As Hugh Jackman announced that he is working on his final performance in X-Men, audiences are wondering where he will go next. According to the International Business Times, Hugh Jackman was offered to play agent 007 a few years ago, but decided to turn down the role as he was filming X2:X-Men United. He reportedly stated “I don’t think it’s the right time” but also stressed that it was not easy decision to make. As Jackman was asked a second time if he would be interested in the role, he answered that he would “seriously consider it.”
2 Damian Lewis
According to US Weekly, Damian Lewis has joined the race to be the next James Bond. Interestingly, Lewis studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, alongside Daniel Craig, the current James Bond. He is best known for his role in Band of Brothers and for his roles in the television series Life and Homeland. Other than a successful acting career, Lewis also has a fulfilling personal life: being married to actress Helen McCrory and being the father of two children. He is also a philanthropist, working with UNICEF and “Scene & Hear,” a children’s organization in London.
1 David Beckham
When the former soccer star revealed that he was considering a career in film, his fans on Twitter urged him to go for the role of James Bond. David Beckham reportedly told his fans that he would consider the opportunity. As media attention buzzed surrounding the athlete, the Daily Star reported that Beckham was seriously considering replacing Daniel Craig. However, a Beckham representative has recently announced that this handsome man is not interested in taking on the role of the famous spy. Despite this announcement, Beckham still appears to be a fan favourite to be the next James Bond. Will pressure from his fans be enough to make him change his mind?
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