Who will play James Bond after Daniel Craig?
Seemingly out of nowhere, Homeland actor Damian Lewis has found himself a sudden favourite to take on the coveted role of secret agent 007.
Bookmakers slashed his odds to put him narrowly behind frontrunner Idris Elba earlier this week but Lewis is not the only one to be thrown into the mix whether he likes it or not – Tom Hardy, Tom Hiddleston and Colin Firth have all been rumoured for the iconic part.
Fortunately, because he’s brilliant, current Bond Daniel Craig isn’t going anywhere just yet. He’ll be in Sam Mendes’ upcoming Spectre after huge success with Skyfall in 2012 and has reportedly signed on to do at least one more film.
Here’s our pick of the strongest contenders…
A ton of Ian Fleming fans out there want The Wire actor to be the first black Bond but we reckon that’s putting him off. “I just don’t want to be the black James Bond,” he said. “Sean Connery wasn’t the Scottish James Bond and Daniel Craig wasn’t the blue-eyed James Bond so if I played him I don’t want to be called the black James Bond.”
That’s not to say he isn’t humbled by the support, however, and we reckon he’d be a top choice.
Yes, yes, yes, we love this suggestion! Hardy has bucket-loads of grit and has proved he can race cars fast in Mad Max: Fury Road only recently. He also oozes cool which any veritable Bond simply must do. Oh and he’s playing not one but both Kray twins in upcoming gangster biopic Legend.
Casino Royale director Martin Campbell fancied Man of Steel actor Cavill for the part back in 2005 but he was eventually deemed too young for the role and it went to Craig instead. Meaning in a few years time he could be exactly what filmmakers are looking for. To repeat, the guy played Superman – he’s got the ass-kicking thing down.
“I’d like to bring a certain British charm to the part,” Hiddleston said when asked why he should be Bond. The Thor actor would be a unique choice and he’d definitely look dapper in a suit but whether directors will back him to bring enough ‘oomph’ remains to be seen.
Statham is known for performing his own stunts so prepare for more knee injuriesand what not should he be offered the role.
Another thing the Furious 7 actor possesses a ton of is enthusiasm. “Could I do it? Abso-f**king-lutely”. “Would I do it? Abso-f**king-lutely.” We get it, he’s keen.
Fassbender is fast becoming a studio favourite after X-Men and has a certain Sean Connery feel about him. He’s “flattered that people are sort of making that link” but is still rambling about not planning things ever because they never work and Craig doing a great job and him being in the middle of other things…blah blah blah.
…and a few more ‘out there’ suggestions…
Firth’s name began circulating after his turn as super spy Harry Hart in Kingsman: The Secret Service earlier this year but sadly, in his own words, “The James Bond ship has sailed”.
“I think there might be an age limit on Bond and even if I were to start now you’d have to be good for the next few,” he said. “I think Kingsman was as close as I’m going to get.” There goes our dream of seeing Mr Darcy shaken not stirred.
Believe it or not the former Take That singer was thought to be a contender after posing as Bond in his “Millennium” movie video (shot at Pinewood Studios don’t you know). Sadly the casting director quickly ruled him out as “not quite what we’re looking for”. Bless.
He ticks the British box arguably more than any of the other contenders but considering he can’t really be arsed with acting much these days and we run the risk of hearing “Oopsy daisy!” muttered at inappropriate times a la Notting Hill, this is extremely unlikely.
“I might have been tempted ten years ago,” he said last October. “I do bring a natural menace to the screen so I’ve always been surprised that they never offered me the part.”
Okay, okay so this is a silly one. No-one has suggested that former Top Gear host Clarkson may actually be in the running. But we reckon he’s got a decent shot, being out of a job and a fast car fanatic, right?