One of the most commonly discussed topics where movies are concerned right now is who will be the next James Bond.
It’s always a significant talking point, but now that the end has been and gone for Daniel Craig, the next step is to find his successor and see where the franchise can go.
As you will expect, when you’re talking about such a prestigious role, there are going to be loads of names linked, both male and female. However, what is always important to remember is that everyone will want to see Bond brought back in that authentic way. They expect a snappy dresser, they expect someone comfortable in a casino, playing table games whether it may be poker in an exclusive Mayfair club or online roulette tables, and everything else that goes with Bond. So, it’s crucial whoever lands the role does it justice, being able to live and breathe the character.
The idea right now is to take the Bond franchise in a new direction, and there are suggestions this could mean bringing in a younger actor. It’s claimed that Taylor-Johnson, who starred in Kick Ass, has met the powers that be. But, by the time the role is decided upon, could he have become too famous and popular for it? Something the team want to avoid.
Idris Elba has been linked with playing Bond for more than anyone cares to remember. You can roll back the years to find leaked emails where influential people behind the scenes called for Elba to get the gig. And he’s played along with it enough for people to think he has a chance. However, considering his age and a contract that would span a decade or so, it could mean the time for Elba to stake his claim has passed.
Tom Hardy, like Elba in a sense, is a name familiar with the next Bond discussion. And also like Elba, Hardy has played along with it, even announcing himself as the next Bond in what turned out to be an April Fool’s prank. Hardy undoubtedly looks and feels like a good fit, and he’s even been backed by former Bond Pierce Brosnan previously. He’s always been a favourite in the betting too.
Cillian Murphy was fantastic in the lead role of Peaky Blinders, and his success in the show married up with his rise in popularity on the next James Bond front. In sport, they talk about someone being in form, and Murphy was certainly in form in Peaky Blinders, which is sure to have caught everyone’s eye at 007 HQ. And, like Hardy, Murphy feels like he’d be a great fit for the role.
We mentioned how it is possible there could be a female Bond, and because Lashana Lynch already has a connection to the franchise. Having played the role of MI6 agent Nomi in No Time to Die, she’s been talked up as the potential next 007, which would be some achievement. At present, comments have been made that suggest the next Bond won’t be female, but you never know all the same.