The current 007 title holder is reportedly tired of the role he has been playing for four films already. Now, Hollywood is on a meticulous search for the next lucky guy to take up the pop culture symbol of spy movies. Here is a list of the hunks that could grab that gigantic role. Which among them is your bet? Who do you think is the most ideal Bond contender?
Most notable for being villainous in the recent blockbuster movies he has starred in, this lanky-looking yet imposing English guy may yet give the much-needed nuance to the 007 character. Aside from the fact that he came from the country where the fictitious spy was supposed to exist, he has also that mischievous appeal that the womanizing James Bond is meant to unleash onscreen.
Born : February 9, 1981
From: Westminster, London, England
Most Popular Role: Loki – Thor, Avengers film series
Declared as the most ideal candidate of ‘The first black James Bond’ that some fans are craving to see, this multi-talented actor who happens to be a DJ and a musician as well could break tradition and give a whole new dimension to the Bond universe. Like Daniel Craig who was labeled as ‘unworthy’ of taking up the 007 mantle, who turned out to be very efficient with the role, Idris Elba may end up to be in the same level, if not greater than the ones before him.
Born: September 6, 1972
From: Newham, London, England
Most Popular Role: Luther – TV series of the same name
He was actually one of the actors whom the producers considered along with Daniel Craig when Casino Royale was still concocted. But due to his being too young at that time, he was dismissed and was forced to land in other considerations and auditions by which we was also rejected. Such a stream of bad lucks didn’t seem to matter anymore though as he went on to play Superman, his most notable achievement so far. Still not old enough to be James Bond today, he is still expressing his interest to play the titular role, and is very eager to give justice to it in the next years.
Born: May 5, 1983
From: Channel Islands, UK
Other Popular Role: Charles Brandon – The Tudors
Regarded by many as a very talented character actor, he is one of those rare stars who’s very willing to stretch himself psychologically or physically just to give a top-caliber performance to the roles assigned to him. It can also be added that GQ magazine once declared him as one of the best-dressed British men – a title that our superspy would be very suitable for, if he were real. Having starred in a variety of movie genres as well as in stageplays, Mr. Hardy indeed has the credentials that can give us a newer and truly dynamic James Bond.
Born: September 15, 1977
From: Hammersmith, London, England
Most Popular Role: Bane – The Dark Knight Rises
Being caught in a wider web of attention when he played a Spartan warrior in 300, this guy later went on to land amazing supporting acting roles which critics say he greatly enriched. These days, he is widely known as the antihero Magneto in the recent X-Men film releases, which earned him that “villainously handsome guy” reputation. That doesn’t seem to be a bad tagline though, as he is now one of the fan-favorites that is more than worthy to be the next James Bond.
Born: April 2, 1977
From: Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, West Germany
Other Popular Role: Edwin Epps – 12 Years a Slave
Having played popular characters that are known for impaling and brutalizing evil entities, Hugh Jackman is by default, a very good 007 contender. Mr. Bond must have good physique, Hugh has it. Mr. Bond looks good in any clothing, Hugh can effortlessly pull it off. Butt-kicking bad guys? No arguments needed. He is Australian, but that wouldn’t be a problem to the fans and to the producers as well. He has the looks and the projection, and that’s enough to settle any disagreements that may arise.
Born: October 12, 1968
From: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Other Popular Role: Jean Valjean – Les Miserables
Though he is deemed as still too young to take over the Bond mantle, his charisma, talent, and potential is quite hard to ignore. He may not be as popular as the other contenders on this list but he has already proven to be capable in a variety of roles which range from being midievalistic, to being a romanticist, and to being supernatural. When given the chance to play the iconic MI6 superspy, who knows what Aidan has in store to the fans of the franchise?
Born: 19 June 19, 1983
From: Dublin, Ireland
Most Popular Role: Kili – The Hobbit
His English nationality may already be considered as a birthright claimer of the James Bond role, though that doesn’t mean he really can. What makes him suitable is the fact that he has played some military roles in his career which he did to great critical and mass acclaim. He is not only credible for gun-totting roles though. He is also an accomplished actor outside action roles as evidenced by his appointment as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his services to drama.
Born: February 11, 1971
From: St John’s Wood, London, England, UK
Most Popular Role: Nicolas Brody – Homeland
Currently unfit to be James Bond as he is more suitable for younger and gentler roles, he could be your ideal James Bond for the new generation. It is undeniable that choosing the next actor is quite very challenging for producers and directors. Such people should highly consider James Norton as many fans believe that he has the appeal that the worldwide audience are unknowingly looking for. When given the chance to be the next 007 title holder, he may eventually prove that Mr. Bond can be portrayed by a younger actor who’s physically more able and wittier than the older, more experienced ones.
Born: July 18, 1985
From: London, England
Most Popular Role: Tommy Lee Royce – Happy Valley
James Bond is a man forged in action and romance, and guess what? Sam Worthington as an actor is very adept in such genres. Having starred in various action and romantic movies, he has garnered enough experience already and is actually in the right age to play the much coveted role. He actually auditioned for the role but lost it Daniel Craig a decade ago. Now that he has proven himself in hugely successful movies, he could be the next 007, one that we will be ogling at in cinemas for the years to come.
Born: August 2, 1976
From: Godalming, Surrey, England
Most Popular Role: Jake Sully – Avatar
Who among them should be ranked as No. 1?