Who should/could be a Bond actor? *SPOILERS*

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  • FatherValentineFatherValentine England
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    Denbigh wrote: »
    The reason I don't want him to be James Bond is about star power and fame. James Bond should be played by someone who can fully become the character and be that character for a whole generation, so having an actor that is hugely famous for something else; like Henry Cavill being Superman, and in this case, Harry Styles being a hugely famous musician.
    I totally agree with this view! I would say the only possible exception would be if Eon drastically changed its format and exclusively produced standalones with a new actor each time. Although it's not really what I would like to see, I think this format would further favor a famous actor in the role.

    It is interesting how much handwringing there is about the new Bond and how long they can stay in the role and how the franchise will be set-up for the future and so on.
    Isn't James Bond the character where casting continuity is the most muddled and all over the place anyway? Sure, people try to put a unifying theory onto the whole thing and I think all Bond fans have spent at least some time thinking about their stance on stuff like continuity and codename theory and all of that, but where other franchises have to invent parellel universes or keep the old actor in the franchise while the new actor just takes up their mantle or whatever, Bond just is. Whoever it says at the beginning of the credits "as Ian Fleming's James Bond 007 in" is James Bond. All of them are Bond. They are seperate and connected at the same time.

    So why not do just one movie with Tom Hardy? Why not have Nic Hoult do a couple, go away to do something else while Robert Pattinson does one if he has a shooting window available and then have Hoult come back? Hell, have Craig come back in 10 if he feels like it. Connery played Bond in three decades, Craig could get to four. He'll always look like he's 39 anyway.
    Trust me, it's not too complicated for the audience: It's a Bond film. The handsome man in the film is James Bond and this is one of his stories.

    (Maybe I should put this in the controversial opinions thread...)

    Edit: And this is not even mainly directed at fans. Eon: Just get to producing movies. I assume you get about 12 spec scripts and 15 product placement deal offers per week. There is bound to be enough material to get a film through the door every 30 months.

    Only thing controversial here is you saying Craig looks like he's 39!

    Maybe I went a tad overboard with that one :-D

    We're all prone to that occasionally haha.
  • DenbighDenbigh UK
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  • talos7talos7 New Orleans
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    Denbigh wrote: »

    As long as it's not on Bond 26. ;) I jest...
  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
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    Risico007 wrote: »
    he just looks odd to me sorry

    I must admit looks-wise I'd prefer someone handsome in a slightly unconventional way again, rather than a slightly blandly handsome person (like Sam Heughan for example). That would include your Turners; Aiden maybe looks quite Daltonish but he's also got fairly unique looks.
  • ImpertinentGoonImpertinentGoon Everybody needs a hobby.
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    mtm wrote: »
    Risico007 wrote: »
    he just looks odd to me sorry

    I must admit looks-wise I'd prefer someone handsome in a slightly unconventional way again, rather than a slightly blandly handsome person (like Sam Heughan for example). That would include your Turners; Aiden maybe looks quite Daltonish but he's also got fairly unique looks.

    I have been holding it back for months, but here it goes: Aidan Tuner looks like a rodent.
    Shoot me.
  • Casting Bond really is the hardest job in cinema. There are so many boxes to tick.
  • QsCatQsCat London
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    Could a member of these forums ever be Bond?...
  • DenbighDenbigh UK
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    QsCat wrote: »
    Could a member of these forums ever be Bond?...
    My surname is Turner so why not another one for the list :)
  • QsCatQsCat London
    edited February 27 Posts: 159
    The battle of the Turner's.
    I'm an unknown actor and a fan. I can't take most of these suggestions seriously partly because I naturally wouldn't mind playing the part! Someone has to do it. And I wouldn't want it to be Jack Lowden, Nick Hoult OR Harry Styles. Unfortunately I am not 'a name'. I am Q'sCat, to you lot.
    I've often wondered what the reaction would be if I posted my headshot. I wouldn't dream of it though! Has anyone ever seriously suggested themself on here??
  • BennyBenny Classified Administrator, Moderator
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    Not that I recall @QsCat But never say never. We do have a thread, post a picture of yourself.
    https://www.mi6community.com/discussion/2898/post-a-picture-of-yourself-p#latest
    If you're going to make it, you need to get yourself out there. You never know who's watching or looking. ;)
  • mattjoes wrote: »
    Can you imagine how much worse it must be at Eon when they discuss who they want for the next James Bond?
    Photograph taken by female American tourist at Eon Productions. The woman has been liquidated as a routine precaution.

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    This has make me laughing mattjoes hahaha
    Also pictures of Mr. Adrian Turner are giving me smiles. Him being strong choose for next James Bond I feel.
  • suavejmfsuavejmf Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England
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    Let's just stop.

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    Let's keep this idiot out of the conversation, yes?

    One flew over the Cookoos nest.
  • suavejmfsuavejmf Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England
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    talos7 wrote: »
    QsCat wrote: »
    talos7 wrote: »
    At this point, evaluating and, or, suggesting potential Bonds is a wide open topic; some suggestions are very traditional and some are outside of the box; to use a colloquial, we're "spitballing". Suggesting that someone is 'not a fan' because you don't agree with a particular suggestion is strangely myopic.

    Bond-hater
    :))



    :( ;)

    I’m pretty the new member is a prank, surely? It’s a near perfect Borat impression and just looking to wind people up on here.
  • I think time for stopping suavejmf. Moderator be telling me be nice to talos7 for Mr. Harry Styles bad idea. I am stopping talking of this. Good idea bad idea all just idea.
  • FatherValentineFatherValentine England
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    suavejmf wrote: »
    talos7 wrote: »
    QsCat wrote: »
    talos7 wrote: »
    At this point, evaluating and, or, suggesting potential Bonds is a wide open topic; some suggestions are very traditional and some are outside of the box; to use a colloquial, we're "spitballing". Suggesting that someone is 'not a fan' because you don't agree with a particular suggestion is strangely myopic.

    Bond-hater
    :))



    :( ;)

    I’m pretty the new member is a prank, surely? It’s a near perfect Borat impression and just looking to wind people up on here.

    Had crossed my mind.
  • M_BaljeM_Balje Amsterdam, Netherlands
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    I at his name first in Superman thread..

    Kingsley Ben-Adir
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    Or is he more Bond. He is Britisch!, but atleast i think he intresting for another option for Felix or Licence to Kill type of villian. He is from 1986, wil be first who younger then me, but looks older.

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  • sandbagger1sandbagger1 Sussex
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    ^We've mentioned him before in the thread.
  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
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    ^We've mentioned him before in the thread.

    I was trying to think where I knew him from! I looked him up and haven't seen any of his stuff that I could recognise, so it was really confusing me :D
  • sandbagger1sandbagger1 Sussex
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    He was good in the second series of The OA, though he was playing an American there. In Peaky Blinders (one of the later seasons) he played a rather posh English army officer, and I think that is closer to Bond, if you were looking to check him out.
  • edited February 27 Posts: 804
    Ben-Adir gives a fine performance as Malcolm X in One Night in Miami, and I hadn't recognized that he was also in Peaky Blinders. He's one of those chameleon actors that would be a good fit in the Bond series, whether as an ally (e.g. Q) or an adversary.
  • Posts: 13,361
    Denbigh wrote: »
    I don't think Harry Styles will ever be considered, but I hope we're not ruling him out (or calling him an idiot) because he sometimes dresses effeminately...

    The only reason, for me, that is valid for ruling him out is his lack of experience. And that is likely to change. I don't know if he wishes to continue acting or not, but he wasn't bad in Dunkirk at all considering he had thrown himself in at the deep end. If he develops leading man capabilities, why not? The photo posted above proves he looks good in a nice suit.

    It's not like we've never had a super-masculine version of Bond embrace effeminacy before!

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    Roger Moore once played a woman as well (the aunt of Sinclair in The Persuaders). He was very convincing I must say.
  • sandbagger1sandbagger1 Sussex
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    These Vanity Fair videos (asking British actors questions) are about six years old, so pretty much everyone in contention has aged out, but still interesting to see so many possible Bonds in one video. Also, one of the questions was 'who is your favourite Bond?'




    Interesting to me is that Richard Madden, who I generally find a bit bland on screen, is actually quite cool and charismatic when just being himself; Matthew Goode comes across particularly well here, too. And I'd love to see Jeremy Irons as a Bond villain, or perhaps a new 'M'.
  • QsCatQsCat London
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    I love Judi Dench's reply to who the best Bond is. Also glad to see Ruth Wilson choose Lazenby
  • QsCatQsCat London
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    QsCat wrote: »
    I love Judi Dench's reply to who the best Bond is. Also glad to see Ruth Wilson choose Lazenby

    Haha also Goode's "I'll be damned..."
  • talos7talos7 New Orleans
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    Goode as Bond would be a deal breaker for me. Something about him really creeps me out; he could have been cast as “C” in SPECTRE.
  • QsCatQsCat London
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    talos7 wrote: »
    Goode as Bond would be a deal breaker for me. Something about him really creeps me out; he could have been cast as “C” in SPECTRE.

    I agree. Norman Bates maybe.
  • sandbagger1sandbagger1 Sussex
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    I really like Goode, but I don't know if he'd have made a good Bond. I think I might have liked him as 007, but you never know until you see them on screen.

    Now I'm sure Fassbender would have been a cool Bond:

    He'd have still needed good scripts, though, and I think the writing is the biggest hurdle facing the Bond franchise. You can tell from the very varied opinions here that the Bond series has something of an identity issue: does it need to change? Should it go back to its literary roots? Should it be more light-hearted? More over-the-top, or more gritty? I think Eon know they're going to have a hard time pleasing everybody.
  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
    edited March 3 Posts: 8,839
    I was listening to that long Nerdist 2015 podcast interview with Daniel Craig yesterday and I think it's interesting that he was saying he benefitted from that 15 years experience before he started playing Bond, and it's interesting to hear just how much focus it requires: he says how he never has time to go back to his trailer and has be on it 100% all day, no time for chatting to crew or anything like that. I think it's such a big all-encompassing role now that you need an actor who has a decent amount of experience and can handle that; I'd be surprised if they go for a complete unknown.
    Connery could just about do that, but it's not as if he hadn't starred in movies already, and don't forget he had started and quit the role in a time shorter than the period between Spectre and No Time To Die! :)
  • DragonpolDragonpol Writer @ http://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
    edited March 3 Posts: 14,973
    Ludovico wrote: »
    Denbigh wrote: »
    I don't think Harry Styles will ever be considered, but I hope we're not ruling him out (or calling him an idiot) because he sometimes dresses effeminately...

    The only reason, for me, that is valid for ruling him out is his lack of experience. And that is likely to change. I don't know if he wishes to continue acting or not, but he wasn't bad in Dunkirk at all considering he had thrown himself in at the deep end. If he develops leading man capabilities, why not? The photo posted above proves he looks good in a nice suit.

    It's not like we've never had a super-masculine version of Bond embrace effeminacy before!

    o3tifcg3hx541.jpg

    Roger Moore once played a woman as well (the aunt of Sinclair in The Persuaders). He was very convincing I must say.

    That sounds like something I really need to see! I bought the DVD boxset of The Persuaders a while back but haven't got round of watching any episodes of it yet. I remember seeing a little bit of it back in the mid-1990s when Channel 4 decided to rerun the series.
  • CraigMooreOHMSSCraigMooreOHMSS Dublin, Ireland
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    Fassbender is definitely the Bond that got away, for me. Would I trade him for Craig? I don't know. They'd have undoubtedly had fun with his multi-lingual abilities (I believe he also speaks French, as well as German obviously). Yes, it doesn't really matter whether an actor can actually speak other languages, but it would still be a nice feature.

    As far as Goode is concerned, I don't know. He does have that intense, serial killer presence in almost everything. He's a lot like Clive Owen to me, in that sense. He could be another Double-Oh, maybe.
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