The 10 Best Candidates To Play The Next James Bond

With the next James Bond adventure SPECTRE set to hit UK cinemas October 26 there’s plenty of speculation about which actor might succeed Daniel Craig in the role of the world’s most famous spy.

SPECTRE is expected to be Daniel Craig’s last outing as James Bond so who could succeed him in the role of Britain’s favourite super spy? We take a look at some of the candidates…

Tom Hardy

Tom Hardy - The New James Bond - Top 10 FilmsThe current favourite, Hardy would be perfect. His showreel is full of rough and ready characters – perhaps must famously in Bronson – and recently he’s starred as both Kray brothers in Legend. But the Hammersmith-born actor would scrub up well as the smooth and sophisticated 007. “I think anybody would consider doing Bond, wouldn’t they?” he told Sky News recently.

Idris Elba

Idris Elba - The New James Bond - Top 10 FilmsLong linked with the role of Bond, The Wire and Luther star Elba would still be among the leading contenders should Craig step down. The possibility has been the subject of hot debate lately but he’d be a popular choice and it would be easy for him to get the look.

Damian Lewis

Damian Lewis - The New James Bond - Top 10 FilmsEarlier this year, the odds on Homeland star Lewis becoming the next Bond tumbled to 3/1. We know, thanks to his role as Sergeant Nicholas Brody, that Lewis can do espionage and stone-cold killer, so he might be a decent bet. Picture him in a suit from the Bond range at Dobell and he looks the part.

Michael Fassbender

dangerous-method-michael-fassbenderFassbender is frequently mentioned in any list of potential new Bonds. His acting chops are undisputed – X-Men, Prometheus, 12 Years a Slave – but the major question mark against him is he’s of German-Irish descent. That shouldn’t matter, but it might annoy Bond traditionalists.

David Oyelowo

James Bond Candidates - Top 10 FilmsOyelowo has the right pedigree already, having been asked to voice the audiobook version of the new Bond novel – by Anthony Horowitz – titled Trigger Mortis. He’s also no stranger to playing the role of a spy – he previously starred in BBC drama Spooks.

Jason Statham

James Bond Candidates - Top 10 Films“Yeah, I’d make a decent Bond… but it’d be very, very different if I did it,” Statham said here. Indeed it would. Few actors do action hero better than Statham and if he got the gig, expect the body count in the next 007 movie to rise and rise…

Rupert Friend

James Bond Candidates - Top 10 FilmsFriend is pretty hot in Hollywood right now, thanks to the 2015 release of Hitman: Agent 47, in which he plays the title role of an assassin. He’s also well known as Peter Quinn in Homeland. He’s English too, of course. So that’s three big ticks, right there.

Benedict Cumberbatch

The Imitation Game, Benedict Cumberbatch, Top 10 Films,Controversial? Yes – the Sherlock star hardly evokes images of a ruthless assassin and would be a real change from Craig. But if the franchise wants a fresh direction, Cumberbatch could provide it. He’d be more of a return to the days of Roger Moore – quintessentially English, upper class, and totally debonair.

Henry Cavill

Henry Cavill - The New James Bond - Top 10 FilmsSuperman and James Bond? How greedy can one actor be? Well, it’s a possibility. Rumoured to have been in contention before Craig was chosen – only to be considered too young – Cavill’s role as Napoleon Solo in The Man from U.N.C.L.E could be seen as a nice warm-up for 007. Or it might be the start of a lengthy franchise.

David Beckham

David Beckham, James Bond candidates - Top 10 FilmsThe former Manchester United, Real Madrid and England footballer is tip-toeing his way into the world of acting with a small part in Guy Ritchie’s move Knights Of The Roundtable. His name has been linked to Bond purely through fan speculation on Twitter, but surely that’s the end of it?

See who is the fans’ favourite to take over from Daniel Craig…

Over to you: who should be the NEXT James Bond?

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  1. Callum Reply

    Tom Hardy seems like the perfect fit for me!

  2. CineGirl Reply

    Nah! Damian Lewis is the man for me!

  3. Wendell Reply

    All of these candidates have something going for them that would make them good in the role. Well, all of them except David Beckham. Can we not even entertain that idea?

  4. Jim Athanas Reply

    Bill Nighy

    • Dan Reply

      Haha! Brilliant!

      • Jim Athanas Reply

        Maybe He could be part of a remembrance of a past case(The Bond of Today). His Worricker character is the Coolest Spy Ever!

  5. William Southall Reply

    Henry Cavill or Tom Hardy for me

  6. Louise Engledow Reply

    Rupert Friend would be an awesome Bond!

  7. Nikki McMath Reply

    I think Idris Alba would be a fantastic pick, or Tom Hardy , maybe Jason Statham 🙂

  8. Dan Reply

    I like the idea of Damian Lewis but Tom Hardy is definitely the man of the moment.

  9. ArchE Reply

    Can’t they bring back Roger Moore?

    • Callum Reply

      Yeah! 🙂

      • Dan Reply

        Geriatric Bond! I think I used that phrase when talking about his last 007 outing in A View To Kill – about 30 years ago!

  10. Jim Athanas Reply

    Jeremy Northam

    • Ruth Reply

      I love Northam, he’s so grossly underrated it’s a shame. Perhaps he should play Bond villain? My all time dream of a Bond villain is no stranger to the franchise… Timothy Dalton! He can still kicks Craig’s bum in his 70s just by staring at him, the man is charismatic, not to mention super hot 😀

  11. Derek Reply

    Give Friend a go. Not quite super-famous yet, but he’s got the talent to make it work.

    • Ruth Reply

      I like Friend but HITMAN Agent 47 bombed here in the US so I doubt they’d ever give him a chance. He’s a bit too skinny too IMHO.

  12. Irina Reply

    I agree with you. Jeremy Northam could be the best modern James Bond. He is my favorite actor.

  13. Avigail Reply

    Matthew Goode?

  14. Ruth Reply

    Hardy and Elba get my vote. Heck, it’d be great to see Hardy as Bond and Elba as Bond villain, oh my that’d be the SEXIEST Bond film ever, I drool just imagining it, ahah!

    • Dan Reply

      Hardy would be a great choice! Like Elba though, I think he’d be a good baddie as well!

  15. Evan Crean Reply

    Here are my picks for James Bond in order. Not really digging the others.

    1. Idris Elba
    2. Tom Hardy
    3. Michael Fassbender

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