Who should/could be a Bond actor?

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  • GadgetManGadgetMan Lagos, Nigeria
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    Tom Stourton.
  • ImpertinentGoonImpertinentGoon Everybody needs a hobby.
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    Do you think they should do an open casting call?

    Nah that would be mayhem. I think they should choose a good actor who can look the part and can transform into Bond, like Craig did, and make it believable. That's why we can't guess it by who takes our fancy.

    I dunno, why shouldn't they if they're going to go with a no-name actor anyways. Imagine the publicity. It would hype up the announcement, could help shore up the box-office, and if they take a small fee for each audition they'll raise their production and marketing budget, and then some. It would be one of the biggest events on the planet.

    It would also feel cheap. Bond is annointed from the whatever high atop the thing. There is no mad, public scramble for the role (eventhough that is of course exactly what it happening behind the scenes), it's more like getting a GBE only that fewer people ever become Bond.
    And on a more serious note: I think things like this tend to backfire. There's always the problem with joke entries becoming insanely popular and even if you find a great actor, having publicly shown alternatives will lead to people dismissing the final choice. That will be a problem either way. Craig felt it in 2005 and the new guy will have to stand his ground even more against millions of fancasts. Making it a public call will make that even more problematic.
    I might get on board if they do a social media thing, where they ask fans/aspirants to do the FRWL scene and a gunbarrel and post it online and the winner gets an invitation to the premiere or a day on set or whatever, but no lines around the block or god forbid a talent show, please.
  • edited March 2022 Posts: 784

    There's always the problem with joke entries becoming insanely popular and even if you find a great actor, having publicly shown alternatives will lead to people dismissing the final choice.

    I might get on board if they do a social media thing, where they ask fans/aspirants to do the FRWL scene and a gunbarrel and post it online and the winner gets an invitation to the premiere or a day on set or whatever, but no lines around the block or god forbid a talent show, please.


    The Game Show idea was not mine, I meant more like they did with Star Wars. Just an open casting call. LOL
  • BennyBenny keeping tabs on youAdministrator, Moderator
    edited March 2022 Posts: 14,722

    They could do a lot worse than Aidan Turner.
    Even if he's not my top choice. He clearly has massive potential
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    Anybody mentioned Jonathan Bailey? I know zilch about him but saw a few pics from Bridgerton and he seems to have the look. Otherwise no idea about his height, his voice, his skills. At 33 he'd be at the right age too.
  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
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    He's popped up in the thread before, yeah. I've seen him appear in various things on the telly and never thought he's particularly stunning in terms of presence, but maybe he's maturing into it, I don't know.
  • Ludovico wrote: »
    Anybody mentioned Jonathan Bailey? I know zilch about him but saw a few pics from Bridgerton and he seems to have the look. Otherwise no idea about his height, his voice, his skills. At 33 he'd be at the right age too.

    He was mentioned maybe about 30 pages ago or so. To me he looks exactly like a younger Luke Evans, who was mentioned a lot on here before he was "aged out."

    ByRoyalDecree, I'm liking the head to head match ups. If you need anymore Bond candidate ideas, you could consult my famous IMDB list of Bond candidates:

    https://www.imdb.com/list/ls086368006

    Though the idea of this list is that they can't be too well known or over the age of 39.

    Anyways, my picks:

    1. Madden, obviously. Holland looks like a high school boy.
    2. Barnes, again obviously. Garfield looks like another high school dork.
    3. Hiddleston. Cumberbatch looks odd to me or something.
    4. Cavill, I guess, even though I hate Cavill as a candidate. I feel like I know exactly what a Hardy Bond film would look like and it does not excite me at all. At least with Cavill we'd have a different, more refined Bond.
    5. Turner.
    6. Callum Turner. Jack O'Connell looks tiny and totally unfit for Bond in my opinion.
    7. Tom Hughes. The picture you used of him was from years ago when he looked much more boyish. Hoult looks too baby faced.
    8. Fassbender. Murphy is too small.
    9. Claflin. Norton looks too much like a preppy school boy. Though at least he isn't scrawny like Holland and Garfield.
    10. Ward
    11. Theo James. I like the deep voice which reminds me of Connery. Kebell is an oddly interesting idea though.
  • Jordo007Jordo007 Merseyside
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    I'm interested why he's just flown up the the pecking order again? He was a favourite about 3-4 years ago wasn't he. It's a bit random if he's not starring in anything

    I wonder if we'll know who Bond #7 is by October?
  • ThunderballThunderball playing Chemin de Fer in a casino, downing Vespers
    edited March 2022 Posts: 776
    Don't believe I ever did a list of my top picks, and even if I did, there's a newer arrival on the horizon for me. The list:

    1. Aidan Turner (Nobody has more Bond potential than him, to me anyway. He's got all of it, and even if he hasn't, he'll get there pretty quick. He's not too old or young, looks and feels the part, got the "cruel good looks" Fleming was always on about and he can act darker or lighter, depending on where they want to go next with 007. I think he deserves a look or two.)

    2. Michael Fassbender (not at #1 simply because he's getting too old for at least for a longish tenure as Bond, which is a shame.)

    3. Regé Jean-Page (my main issue with Elba wasn't really that he was black, but that he's too old. Jean-Page has no such problem - and though it reopens the can of worms AGAIN - I can't help but see him as a choice candidate. I'd be quite happy with him as Bond.)

    4. Richard Madden - (Yeah, I admit I can see him as a wild card for Bond. Could very well work.)

    That's it. Everybody else floated in this thread us either too old, too young, too brutish or too soft. Pass.
  • VenutiusVenutius Yorkshire
    edited March 2022 Posts: 2,853
    Aidan Turner would probably have it in the bag if Cubby was casting. Thing is, Craig broke the mould - it's pretty much a wide open field now.
  • edited March 2022 Posts: 2,540
    I think Aidan Turner is certainly an option, but it really depends on what they're looking for in the new Bond and the new Bond film in general. None of us know how any of these actors will approach the role during their auditions.

    I can see them passing on Turner if they felt his interpretation wasn't quite right for the film. To me, while I suspect he'd be good as a more experienced mid-career version of Bond, my gut instinct is Bond 26 will show Bond earlier in his career (a bit like the new Batman film, depicting him in his first or second year as a secret agent). Again, like I said though, none of us know how these actors will do during their auditions, and those can bring out some unexpected frontrunners as the likes of Craig and Connery show us.
  • LucknFateLucknFate 007 In New York
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    Right now I think the likliest odds are Fukunaga returning to direct, or Nolan finally coming onboard. If it's Fukunaga, he will probably cast someone from the project he's currently working on, which is full of young UK talent. If it's Nolan, he will have had someone on his mind already for years, but probably not Pattinson.
  • peterpeter Toronto
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    Playing this game of re-casting one should think like EoN-- who run a business-- not as a fan of an actor/s.

    What do we know (or think we know) about EoN and where the series goes next?

    We know BB has said it's a ten year commitment.
    We know she's stated that the actor has to do more than look good in a tux.
    We know she's thinking global theatrical releases, and not streaming or spin offs etc...

    With all the news about Bond, we really don't know all that much!

    Working on assumptions now (spoiler: potentially triggering opinions below, so if you're sensitive about the race of James Bond, please stop reading, 😉).

    BB saw something in Craig and took a gamble in casting him. With this, came success the series hadn't seen since the 60s. This is an important point.

    EoN's challenge is getting the general public interested in James Bond again at a time when an actor just retired from the role who is arguably seen as second only to Connery, and; for millions of new fans around the world, who came aboard the 007 train during this last era, Craig may be seen as the best and only James Bond.

    My assumption is that the casting will be as bold as Craig's, but without mining for a Craig 2.0 knock-off.

    The new actor can't be seen as similar to Craig since I think a general audience will dismiss him as a facsimile...

    I have a gut feeling EoN will be seeking out actors who have true depths of talent, but at the same time bring something to the role that's never been seen. So I can't help but go back and think now is the time where way more men of color will be strongly considered (and not in a click-baity Idris Elba will be Bond type of thing).

    Each actor pulls from his history, and Sean and Daniel's kind of working class backgrounds could attribute to their grounded and harder edge portrayal of the character.

    I think Moore, who also came from working class, was in touch more with an innate poshness... Spiritually, the man is a hedonist with a love of cigars and fine champagne. And he tapped into this to give us his interpretation.

    A person of color will have a unique perspective on James Bond and that would come into play if an actor like this was cast. And outside of China (and a few of the smaller markets), this may be appealing to the world wide audiences.

    I think it'd certainly pique the interest of the box office in North America.... and from a business perspective, getting the interest and curiosity of the masses in a market that is oversaturated with content, is the name of the game.

    What does Aidan Turner or Nicholas Holt, or any of the other names bring to the table that we haven't already seen before (some appear just down right bland)? I don't see much uniqueness to them (unlike Craig who, love him or hate him, was different right off the mark. The media may have wanted to trounce him, but the general audience were certainly curious... He was blond and not press friendly; then the beach pics came out-- we had never seen a man in the role in this type of shape (more curiosity); clips of great action scenes started to be released; the trailers were off the charts; Chris Cornell is hired; rumours of Bond actually falling in love, etc...); All of this stirs up interest...

    They will cast someone who inspires that kind of interest and curiosity (and who has charisma and talent).

    I haven't seen this in any of the names put forward and; now is the time not to block creative casting but to embrace it (so long as it makes sense for the character of James Bond).

    As I've said before, I don't care who this man is-- I just want as close to the best candidate as showed up for this great shot of becoming the 007th man to play 007.

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    LucknFate wrote: »
    Right now I think the likliest odds are Fukunaga returning to direct, or Nolan finally coming onboard. If it's Fukunaga, he will probably cast someone from the project he's currently working on, which is full of young UK talent. If it's Nolan, he will have had someone on his mind already for years, but probably not Pattinson.

    Do you think the Directors get that much say beyond recommendations though? I know Campbell was hired early into Casino Royale and actually preferred Henry Cavill for the part. I hope Nolan doesn't get anywhere near Bond, if Tenet's anything to go by.
  • Jordo007Jordo007 Merseyside
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    @peter interesting post, thanks for your insight mate. Hopefully 2022 brings some good news for Bond fans
  • peterpeter Toronto
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    @Jordo007 , hopefully better than this news of essentially licencing out your name and brand and renting it out to a reality TV program, 😂
  • DoctorKaufmannDoctorKaufmann Can shoot you from Stuttgart and still make it look like suicide.
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    Matt Smith, Michael Fassbender, Henry Cavill, Tom Hiddleston, Jamie Dornan, Tom Hardy, Damian Lewis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Aidan Turner, Richard Madden, Rege-Jean Page, Henry Golding
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    peter wrote: »
    @Jordo007 , hopefully better than this news of essentially licencing out your name and brand and renting it out to a reality TV program, 😂

    Cashing in...perhaps they are in a position with Amazon whereby they can generate more financing for the next films...good grief...
  • peterpeter Toronto
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    Well, they've licenced their names and brand before, and I suppose with the new video game (also given the EoN blessing), and now this show soon to be rolling out, it keeps Bond in the public awareness while they get around to the business of hiring writers, shepherding new plots and developing a script, recasting, the hiring of a director...There's a lot of work that needs to be done and it won't happen in a day.

    I suppose since they're not actually hands-on with the show (that'll be left to the producing house that's been developing it), there's no sweat lost on their part, they get a check and their brand doesn't disappear while they're in development.

    But like the videogames, I unfortunately have no interest in a reality/competition series and won't be tuning in myself.

    I hope those that watch it find it enjoyable!
  • edited March 2022 Posts: 328
    Matt Smith has a face that you just want to punch repeatedly haha! I'm really interested in what's going on with Turner. He was looking like he beefed up a bit recently, for a role perhaps or prepping for his Bond casting announcement?
  • MajorDSmytheMajorDSmythe "I tolerate this century, but I don't enjoy it."Moderator
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    Matt Smith was a wonderful Doctor (he’s in my top 3), but I just can’t picture him as Bond.
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    LucknFate wrote: »
    If it's Fukunaga, he will probably cast someone from the project he's currently working on, which is full of young UK talent.

    Out of those I only see Callum as a real contender, albeit a very very strong one. He has a unique look and demeanour that fits the gentleman spy, contrasting Daniel Craigs ruggedness. My only concern with him is if he is charismatic enough to carry the franchise. Likewise with Aidan who I am afraid with the wrong director could turn out to be another Dalton (wouldn't he be great as Wolverine though) Note that these are two of my top candidates.

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