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

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    James Norton was absolutely horrible in 'Things Heard & Seen'. The guy simply cannot act. Film's horrid too.

    In McMafia he's like an Apprentice contender. I just can't see him as Bond.
  • Jordo007Jordo007 Merseyside
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    James Norton was absolutely horrible in 'Things Heard & Seen'. The guy simply cannot act. Film's horrid too.

    A lot of the names on here aren't my choice, but I'd be more than willing to give them a go and be proven, but with James Norton I'd be devastated because it would just be a terrible choice given the other options that are available
  • CraigMooreOHMSSCraigMooreOHMSS Dublin, Ireland
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    Ludovico wrote: »
    James Norton was absolutely horrible in 'Things Heard & Seen'. The guy simply cannot act. Film's horrid too.

    In McMafia he's like an Apprentice contender. I just can't see him as Bond.

    I thought he was quite good in McMafia myself, but it was also that role that solidified why he shouldn't be Bond - there's a distinct lack of edge to him in anything I've seen him in that makes him a decent fit for handsome, sheltered, naive prep school-type parts. Luckily, that was the point of his character in McMafia.

    He was also fairly good in that Christine Keeler scandal series that aired on BBC a couple of years back for similar reasons.

    But yeah, certainly not Bond based on what I've seen him in so far.
  • sandbagger1sandbagger1 Sussex
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    Yeah, James Norton is not a good candidate, imo. He was just okay in War & Peace, and I really can't remember him doing anything with his character in the Flatliners remake. He is very much a TV actor, and I can't see him as someone suitable to follow Daniel Craig. Definitely one of the weaker candidates as far as I'm concerned.
  • DoctorNoDoctorNo USA-Maryland
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    Here’s a pair. Greatest should’ve been Bond: Fassbender

    https://youtu.be/oDgTAv9H0Dw
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    Had not seen The Counselor since it came out and WOW ! Natalie Dormer, prior to her Game of Thrones fame. At the time, of course, a bit player. But...what a BIT !
  • CraigMooreOHMSSCraigMooreOHMSS Dublin, Ireland
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    She's quite something, that's for sure. She was very cool in those last couple of Hunger Games films as a warrior-type.
  • DenbighDenbigh UK
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    Natalie Dormer would be a perfect Bond girl :)
  • JeremyBondonJeremyBondon Seeking out odd jobs with Oddjob @Tangier
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    Denbigh wrote: »
    Natalie Dormer would be a perfect Bond girl :)

    Except for that 24/7 365 duckface look

    natalie-dormer-semi-duck-face.jpg
  • DragonpolDragonpol Writer @ http://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
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    Denbigh wrote: »
    Natalie Dormer would be a perfect Bond girl :)

    Except for that 24/7 365 duckface look

    natalie-dormer-semi-duck-face.jpg

    Maybe she's had "help" to look like that?
  • JeremyBondonJeremyBondon Seeking out odd jobs with Oddjob @Tangier
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    Dragonpol wrote: »
    Denbigh wrote: »
    Natalie Dormer would be a perfect Bond girl :)

    Except for that 24/7 365 duckface look

    natalie-dormer-semi-duck-face.jpg

    Maybe she's had "help" to look like that?

    Doesn't look like it imo
  • DragonpolDragonpol Writer @ http://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
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    Dragonpol wrote: »
    Denbigh wrote: »
    Natalie Dormer would be a perfect Bond girl :)

    Except for that 24/7 365 duckface look

    natalie-dormer-semi-duck-face.jpg

    Maybe she's had "help" to look like that?

    Doesn't look like it imo

    No, I'm sure you're right. I don't know anything about her. It was just my first reaction to what you wrote. :)
  • peterpeter Toronto
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    Denbigh wrote: »
    Natalie Dormer would be a perfect Bond girl :)

    Except for that 24/7 365 duckface look

    natalie-dormer-semi-duck-face.jpg

    Wow. Annoying.
  • DenbighDenbigh UK
    edited April 30 Posts: 4,671
    Well, I think she's beautiful and I don't really care about the "duckface" which is honestly just her natural face, which again is beautiful. And she's an even better actress so my fingers are crossed for the future.
  • JeremyBondonJeremyBondon Seeking out odd jobs with Oddjob @Tangier
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    Denbigh wrote: »
    Well, I think she's beautiful and I don't really care about the "duckface" which is honestly just her natural face, which again is beautiful. And she's an even better actress so my fingers are crossed for the future.

    To each their own *quack*
  • edited April 30 Posts: 12,508
    Jordo007 wrote: »
    Denbigh wrote: »
    Another one of my traditional posts ;) Just found this new image. Give the guy a few more years and more projects, I think he'll be more than ready. He is starring in Fukunaga's Masters of Air.

    Ez_dGXaXoAYKeoW.jpg

    In that photo he looks a bit stuffy and posh, I can't see him as Bond personally. But hey everyone has their own opinion
    @Denbigh you always come up with interesting suggestions mate

    I agree he looks that way in the photo, but Turner’s actually one of the few suggestions I like because he’s got a bit of an edge to him. You should watch The Capture if you haven’t seen it. Brilliant show, and he did dangerous very well there.

    I can see what you mean though. Bond of course has to be all suave and upper class, but I think there is a danger of casting actors who are too posh. You couldn’t have a Cumberbatch type do it, he needs to be a bit rough imo. He should carry himself like a former private schoolboy, but I don’t think he should really look or sound too much like one. That conversation with Vesper on the train summed up how I see the character nicely.

    I guess Moore was an exception to this, coming across as the absolute epitome of an upper class gentleman, but he was one of a kind. I‘m not sure there’s anyone else with the sheer charisma to sell that sort of portrayal anymore.
  • DenbighDenbigh UK
    edited April 30 Posts: 4,671
    Jordo007 wrote: »
    Denbigh wrote: »
    Another one of my traditional posts ;) Just found this new image. Give the guy a few more years and more projects, I think he'll be more than ready. He is starring in Fukunaga's Masters of Air.

    Ez_dGXaXoAYKeoW.jpg

    In that photo he looks a bit stuffy and posh, I can't see him as Bond personally. But hey everyone has their own opinion
    @Denbigh you always come up with interesting suggestions mate

    I agree he looks that way in the photo, but Turner’s actually one of the few suggestions I like because he’s got a bit of an edge to him. You should watch The Capture if you haven’t seen it. Brilliant show, and he did dangerous very well there.

    I can see what you mean though. Bond of course has to be all suave and upper class, but I think there is a danger of casting actors who are too posh. You couldn’t have a Cumberbatch type do it, he needs to be a bit rough imo. He should carry himself like a former private schoolboy, but I don’t think he should really look or sound too much like one. That conversation with Vesper on the train summed up how I see the character nicely.
    The Capture is a brilliant show @thelivingroyale! And your comments kind of sum up Callum perfectly for me. I mean he certainly doesn't sound like a posh boy:

  • CraigMooreOHMSSCraigMooreOHMSS Dublin, Ireland
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    Denbigh wrote: »
    Well, I think she's beautiful and I don't really care about the "duckface" which is honestly just her natural face, which again is beautiful. And she's an even better actress so my fingers are crossed for the future.

    Agreed. She's stunning.
  • DragonpolDragonpol Writer @ http://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
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    Denbigh wrote: »
    Well, I think she's beautiful and I don't really care about the "duckface" which is honestly just her natural face, which again is beautiful. And she's an even better actress so my fingers are crossed for the future.

    Agreed. She's stunning.

    "I give you very best duck." ;)
  • Jordo007Jordo007 Merseyside
    edited April 30 Posts: 1,038
    Has anyone mentioned Shaun Evans?
    He's the fella who plays Endeavour in the series Endeavour. Although he's 41 now so his time has probably passed but he has a strong jawline, a great voice and a commanding presence.
    I've never thought of him till my Mrs suggested it watching the show last night, she does have a crush on him, so that's a factor for her haha
    He is likeable and quite charming on screen
    https://i0.wp.com/morseandlewisandendeavour.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/shaun-evans.jpg?fit=315,348&ssl=1
    Here's a pic of him in a tux, apologies I'm not sure how to share pictures properly on this (it's only been 2 years)
  • CraigMooreOHMSSCraigMooreOHMSS Dublin, Ireland
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    Dragonpol wrote: »
    Denbigh wrote: »
    Well, I think she's beautiful and I don't really care about the "duckface" which is honestly just her natural face, which again is beautiful. And she's an even better actress so my fingers are crossed for the future.

    Agreed. She's stunning.

    "I give you very best duck." ;)

    Just need a few minutes to find out! ;)
  • DragonpolDragonpol Writer @ http://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
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    Dragonpol wrote: »
    Denbigh wrote: »
    Well, I think she's beautiful and I don't really care about the "duckface" which is honestly just her natural face, which again is beautiful. And she's an even better actress so my fingers are crossed for the future.

    Agreed. She's stunning.

    "I give you very best duck." ;)

    Just need a few minutes to find out! ;)

    "She'll never know what she missed." ;)
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    After seeing the oscars, Reese Ahmed. Totally. Forget about a black bond, give us an Asian Bond.
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    That actress posted earlier, Natalie Dormer, does have an odd face or something. I can't totally put my finger on it. She looks decently cute in some pictures, and in some others she has a really off-putting look to her. I don't think she'd be up to Bond's standards, but she could work as a villain. Example of what I mean:

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  • Mendes4LyfeMendes4Lyfe "I need a year off" Craig
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    Don't know about duckface, but whoever thinks she's a good fit for Bond must be completely quackers. :P

    FYI, don't if anyone has taken a browse of Amazon Prime lately, Aidan Turners new show Leonardo series 1 just dropped recently. He is beginning to age into the area where he would be perfect to take the mantle in a couple years.

    As much as some pine for a young, fresh faced Bond, in this day and age I don't think it would ever work. Bond is supposed to be the ultimate chauvinist, who men style themselves after. The most desired men all in their 30's and 40's who have experience and seen the world. Plus after Craig, people will expect him to look slightly knackered. Anyone under 30 will not command the correct gravitas, and would likely be laughed at as "baby Bond" or some such. That one actor people are raving about in 2021 is literally "the about a boy" kid, so his casting would have significant hurdles to overcome.


    Remember Craig got destroyed in the press in 2005 for being 'Blonde Bond' and getting his teeth knocked out.
  • MajorDSmytheMajorDSmythe Still waiting for the Jena Malone Batwoman movie that's never going to be made.Moderator
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    I have long since thought that Natalie Dormer would make for a better Moneypenny than a Bond Girl.
  • sandbagger1sandbagger1 Sussex
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    Hoult is just getting into his thirties, looking too young will not be a problem, imo; whether he can look convincingly tough and have that cold intensity in the eyes that has made Daniel Craig's Bond so credible, now that is the question.

    And thinking of Hoult, Phoebe Fox who plays Mariel in The Great would be an excellent Moneypenny.
  • JeremyBondonJeremyBondon Seeking out odd jobs with Oddjob @Tangier
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    Don't know about duckface, but whoever thinks she's a good fit for Bond must be completely quackers. :P

    FYI, don't if anyone has taken a browse of Amazon Prime lately, Aidan Turners new show Leonardo series 1 just dropped recently. He is beginning to age into the area where he would be perfect to take the mantle in a couple years.

    As much as some pine for a young, fresh faced Bond, in this day and age I don't think it would ever work. Bond is supposed to be the ultimate chauvinist, who men style themselves after. The most desired men all in their 30's and 40's who have experience and seen the world. Plus after Craig, people will expect him to look slightly knackered. Anyone under 30 will not command the correct gravitas, and would likely be laughed at as "baby Bond" or some such. That one actor people are raving about in 2021 is literally "the about a boy" kid, so his casting would have significant hurdles to overcome.


    Remember Craig got destroyed in the press in 2005 for being 'Blonde Bond' and getting his teeth knocked out.

    We're usually on the same page, like now. Eloquently put, dear @Mendes4Lyfe
  • edited May 1 Posts: 15,609
    Jordo007 wrote: »
    Has anyone mentioned Shaun Evans?
    He's the fella who plays Endeavour in the series Endeavour. Although he's 41 now so his time has probably passed but he has a strong jawline, a great voice and a commanding presence.
    I've never thought of him till my Mrs suggested it watching the show last night, she does have a crush on him, so that's a factor for her haha
    He is likeable and quite charming on screen
    https://i0.wp.com/morseandlewisandendeavour.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/shaun-evans.jpg?fit=315,348&ssl=1
    Here's a pic of him in a tux, apologies I'm not sure how to share pictures properly on this (it's only been 2 years)

    Shaun Evans is great playing Morse (Endeavour is one of my favourite shows), but I've never thought of him as anything Bond like. I could see him fit nicely into a Carré like spy drama though.

    Good point about the voice. That's an important factor in casting a new actor, IMO.
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