Bond. James Bond – who will be the next 007?

Who will take on the mantle of James Bond after Daniel Craig? With Daniel Craig and MGM currently engaging in a tug-of-war regarding additional films after Spectre - which seems to be delaying Bond 25 until 2018 or 2019 - speculation is rife regarding the identity of the next actor (or actress!) to fill the Crockett & Jones shoes of the British superspy.

The name is…

The list of potential Bonds is long and varied – it would seem that imagination is the only limiting factor when coming up with successors for Daniel Craig. We were convinced he’ll be a brilliant Bond when we saw him in Layer Cake back in 2004… and were not disappointed when Casino Royale came out, so the successor has some fairly big shoes to fill.

People's favourites

So, who’s got what it takes to be Bond? Daniel Craig was a departure from the traditional brunette Bond, so the requirements would mostly be a) ability to pull of incredible stunts while b) maintaining the stiff upper lip while at it.

Unlikely but popular

Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Idris Elba, Damien Lewis, Henry Cavill and Michael Fassbender would probably all fall into this category. We’d say they’re all too high-profile to bring a clean slate to Bond movies after Daniel Craig. The same would probably apply to Tom Hardy – plus all of the gents above are fairly busy being one superhero or another. Here’s Idris Elba in Bastille Day with Richard Madden (of Game of Thrones fame) – whose name, indicentally, has also been thrown about for the role of Bond.

New kids on the block

Jamie Dornan, Jamie Bell, Luke Evans, Charlie Hunnam, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Dan Stevens and Kit Harrington have also become popular options on lists where various bookmakers offer bets for who’s going to be the next Bond – though maybe these gents would be a bit more Q (last portrayed by Ben Whishaw) than 007. In the slightly more advanced years-category, Jack Huston, James Norton and Aidan Turner have gained popularity amongst fans of the franchise and gamblers alike while they're still fresh-faced enough not to have been typecast to any particular category.

Stretching the imagination

Bond – Jane Bond? If you ask a couple of people in Hollywood, a female Bond is not entirely out of question. Gillian Anderson has her fans for example, as do Emily Blunt, Naomie Harris and Emilia Clarkejust to name a few.

The really obscure options

How would you feel about having David Beckham as 007? Or Jason Statham perhaps? Alan Carr, anyone? It’s not impossible… only very, very improbable. And as Sam Mendes, the director of the last two Bond movies, Skyfall and Spectre said, “It’s not a democracy.” So who gets to have a say? “Barbara Broccoli chooses who’s going to be the next Bond: end of story.” Well, as Ms Broccoli got it right with Daniel Craig and as she’s a second-generation Bond producer, we’re pretty sure the next Bond will be as unexpected yet strangely fitting as the last.

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