Who should/could be a Bond actor?

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  • CraigMooreOHMSSCraigMooreOHMSS Dublin, Ireland
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    Hello @Univex! :)
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    Hello @Univex! :)

    Hello, my dear friend :) How are you keeping? I miss talking to ya!
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    Univex wrote: »
    Just dropping by to say that I'll be one happy fan if Aaron Taylor-Johnson gets the job.

    Good to see some of you back, btw. Who knows, maybe I'll be back as well, eventually. Maybe I/we never left ;)

    Cheers
    And a good day to you @Univex, my old pal. I should mention that the only reason I've been absence these past few years is due to the scarcity of Bond news. I'm not that interested in discussing Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Dr Who, Lord of the Rings, or even Marvel, as I see these franchises as mostly defunct now. My fingers are tightly crossed that 007 doesn't go the same way as the aforementioned.

    And I agree with you. Aaron Taylor-Johnson isn't a bad choice, if true.
  • zebrafishzebrafish <°)))< in Octopussy's garden in the shade
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    Is it not far too early for casting calls? I would guess that the director will have a say in picking the Bond actor, and a director will more likely be on board once a script or at least a solid script idea is on the table. We have heard of neither so far, therefore I don't believe anyone has had a casting call yet for the role.
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    bondsum wrote: »
    Univex wrote: »
    Just dropping by to say that I'll be one happy fan if Aaron Taylor-Johnson gets the job.

    Good to see some of you back, btw. Who knows, maybe I'll be back as well, eventually. Maybe I/we never left ;)

    Cheers
    And a good day to you @Univex, my old pal. I should mention that the only reason I've been absence these past few years is due to the scarcity of Bond news. I'm not that interested in discussing Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Dr Who, Lord of the Rings, or even Marvel, as I see these franchises as mostly defunct now. My fingers are tightly crossed that 007 doesn't go the same way as the aforementioned.

    And I agree with you. Aaron Taylor-Johnson isn't a bad choice, if true.

    My old pal, @bondsum. I've been absent for many reasons. One, the one you mentioned. As for the other reasons, well, the times they are a-changin', and I'm yet to be convinced that Bond isn't, indeed, dead, as are the franchises you so fitly listed. You are, as ever, absolutely right. And the future is somewhat scary for us longtime fans, even for the ones who embrace change with confidence and the proverbial open arms. So, we'll see what comes our way. I say the producers decisions will be a make it or brake it sort of conundrum. I know what I'd do if I were them, but hey, "fans don't know better" seems to be the forums go to mantra when discord of opinions happens, so I'm keeping quiet about my somewhat conservative take on James Bond - and I'm a liberal on most matters.

    ATJ would be a fine choice, canonical in many ways, and one who could last them for years to come. I'm not keen on his high pitched voice. But one who has theatrical background, as he does, can place his voice where one wants to. Just listen to David Suchet's real voice, as opposed to his Poirot one. I do believe it to be possible to have auditions before a script is laid out, as this casting process is very different from the more common ones. And I do believe that, at this point, they may have some narrative points or ideas ready to pitch. Good sources have said things, that's true, but time has indeed passed under the proverbial bridge, and 60 year old machines have to keep running, or they'll need costly servicing (haunted by my QOS Omega PO being in service? Probably ;), but I'm coping).

    We'll see. As of now, I'll admit that this bit of fake or true news had me more excited for our franchise than any other bit of news from the last pair of years.

    Good to be with you all, again. As I said, I've never left ;)

    I guess, as a Bond fan, one never does :)
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    A very enjoyable read @Univex, and I heartily agree with your own sentiments. For the sake of brevity and my own sanity, I decided to sit out any controversial takes on the direction of the franchise. Ultimately, it will be what it will be.

    Whether Aaron Taylor-Johnson has been screen-tested or not, it's still possible that he has had serious talks with the producers and that they've let it be known to him and his agent at their Eon offices that he's firmly in contention for the role. Maybe Amazon is splashing the cash like they did with their The Rings of Power TV series and are investing heavily in casting the right actor for the role and have already started the process? Or perhaps the Sun newspaper has taken artistic licence to claim that Taylor-Johnson's had a screen-test when he's only had very positive talks because a meeting isn't that exciting to report on?

    My guess is that casting director Debbie McWilliams is again heavily involved in finding the right candidate. Perhaps, like Daniel Craig, the actor will already be on a pre-existing list from the very beginning and has already been called in for that big meeting?

    As @peter pointed out, they won't be casting without a script, but who's to say they don't already have one by now and that Cary Fukunaga isn't secretly involved in the audition process? What we do know is that Fukunaga is currently involved in pre-production of Masters of the Air TV series which he's directed 4 out of 9 episodes. Does that mean he has time to spare to oversee screen-tests for Bond 26? I couldn't possibly comment without seeing his busy work schedule. If I go to Bond 26's IMDb page it's simply titled as "Bullets for Winter" and is categorized as in development. Not that I expect to find any golden nuggets of information there.

    And here's just a reminder of how Daniel Craig was notified of his role:
    “I got a telephone call, ‘Barbara would like to meet,’” recalls Craig, “and I thought, She’s probably seeing fifty people. I’m on a list. I’ll go in, do the interview, say, ‘Hello,’ and that’ll be it. I’d be that old bloke in the pub: ‘Yeah, I was considered for Bond once.’ So, I wasn’t excited or anything, didn’t feel particularly nervous. I’d met Barbara, sadly, at someone’s funeral long before and we had a couple of friends in common, and we just chatted. I don’t know what happened in the first meeting, but they said, ‘We want you to do this.’ I was like, ‘What are you talking about?’ It was not on my radar. Genuinely. Of all the people in the world I would have expected to play James Bond, it was not me. So, I went, ‘Well, I better read the script.’ Then I went away and thought, This is ridiculous. I can’t do this. It felt so far removed from anything I was about, who I was, or what I was doing at the time. It’s not like I was snobbish about Bond. I’m a Bond fan. I love Bond.” In fact, Craig had been a fan ever since his father took him to see Live And Let Die (1973) when he was five. “But it wasn’t me.”

    Broccoli sent the script on to Craig for his thoughts. “At a certain point it was, ‘We’ve got a script,’” he remembers. “I was like, ‘Okay, great,’ because I thought, I’m going to read it and go, ‘Thanks very much. It was lovely, but I can’t do this,’ and that’ll be the end of it. We all move on. Very nice. Then I read the script and was blown away. It was everything I would have wanted it to be. It was a resetting. It was witty. It was thrilling. It was dangerous. It ticked all the boxes I thought needed to be ticked if you were going to do James Bond.”
    The one big thing I've taken from the Casino Royale casting process is a comment that Barbara Broccoli made about the role. "We wanted to do a twenty-first-century Bond and redefine what a classic male hero should be." Perhaps Aaron Taylor-Johnson is that "redefined classic male hero" for Bond 26? Just a thought.
  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
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    I don't think there's much chance of Mr Fukunaga being involved.
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    mtm wrote: »
    I don't think there's much chance of Mr Fukunaga being involved.

    Neither do I. Courting controversy is not something they are likely to do. And with Fukunaga's more recent 'bad press', that's what they would do if they brought him back.
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    DarthDimi wrote: »
    mtm wrote: »
    I don't think there's much chance of Mr Fukunaga being involved.

    Neither do I. Courting controversy is not something they are likely to do. And with Fukunaga's more recent 'bad press', that's what they would do if they brought him back.
    Of course, there's the "inappropriate behavior" controversy as reported in the Rolling Stone to consider, if true.
  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
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    DarthDimi wrote: »
    mtm wrote: »
    I don't think there's much chance of Mr Fukunaga being involved.

    Neither do I. Courting controversy is not something they are likely to do. And with Fukunaga's more recent 'bad press', that's what they would do if they brought him back.

    Yes exactly, and certainly not with Ms Broccoli's very active role for the female side of the industry.
  • talos7talos7 New Orleans
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    Even if he doesn’t direct the actual film, I would not be surprised if Martin Campbell were to be brought in to shoot screentests; with his experience, he could make the process go efficiently and test several actors fairly quickly.
  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
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    Yeah that doesn't seem impossible, couldn't rule it out.
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    So we are all taking Johnson seriously I see…:

    Can someone do some fan art with him as 007 I can’t see it in my mind but if the amazing artists here can fix that
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    Risico007 wrote: »
    Can someone do some fan art with him as 007 I can’t see it in my mind but if the amazing artists here can fix that
    That was my attempt, using his apparence from The King's Man as a reference.
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  • TheSkyfallen06TheSkyfallen06 Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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    Risico007 wrote: »
    So we are all taking Johnson seriously I see…:

    Can someone do some fan art with him as 007 I can’t see it in my mind but if the amazing artists here can fix that
    Denbigh wrote: »
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    By @Denbigh
    LucknFate wrote: »
    There you go, @Risico007

  • talos7talos7 New Orleans
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    The major advantage that mock-ups like these have is that they are silent.
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    There are moments where he speaks in a lower pitch, so I am sure he will do just fine.

  • SecretAgentMan⁰⁰⁷SecretAgentMan⁰⁰⁷ Lagos, Nigeria
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    He sounded fine to me in Tenet.
  • BennyBenny Classified Administrator, Moderator
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    Applying an actors head to an existing picture of an actor who has played Bond is only going to give a false representation of that actor in the role.
    Seeing ATJ in Bonds spectre outfit, or Brosnan from GE, doesn’t sell that actor in the role.
  • talos7talos7 New Orleans
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    Possibly, but ultimately I find him overwhelmingly bland; he is a talented actor, at his best working within an ensemble cast, but can’t see him in the lead role of an iconic franchise.
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    Not mock-ups, but...

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    The guy moves well enough

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    And most importantly, he's got good eyebrow game

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    I suppose he could speak with a lower pitch. Can't we all? The other traits are harder to fake, I think.
  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
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    I have zero issues with his look or his voice, it's whether he has the chops to be the lead in a big movie I'm more concerned about. The evidence so far points to no.
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    mtm wrote: »
    I have zero issues with his look or his voice, it's whether he has the chops to be the lead in a big movie I'm more concerned about. The evidence so far points to no.

    He stole the screen every time he and Brad Pitt were in a scene in BT. They had so good dynamic that they used them both as a pair for most interviews and press junkets.

    If I had seen Elizabeth in 98 I would never had though that guy could be a leading man in his own franchise, and still Craig showed us better.
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    bondsum wrote: »
    DarthDimi wrote: »
    mtm wrote: »
    I don't think there's much chance of Mr Fukunaga being involved.

    Neither do I. Courting controversy is not something they are likely to do. And with Fukunaga's more recent 'bad press', that's what they would do if they brought him back.
    Of course, there's the "inappropriate behavior" controversy as reported in the Rolling Stone to consider, if true.

    Until it's cleared up, they won't touch him. A shame this is happening as I quite liked him as a Bond director.
  • VenutiusVenutius Yorkshire
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    Paul Haggis is definitely not writing the script...
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    I think it will be Purvis Wade and Walker for scripting duties if I had to guess

    Atj looks good
  • JeremyBondonJeremyBondon Seeking out odd jobs with Oddjob @Tangier
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    Ahhh, @Univex the long lost son. I have missed you, at certain times even more, but that's thankfully behind us now. Welcome back brother man. Still fond of Turner as well, or? I reckon we all are thirsting for more (credible) snippets of news. Hopefully things get going soon!
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    Ahhh, @Univex the long lost son. I have missed you, at certain times even more, but that's thankfully behind us now. Welcome back brother man. Still fond of Turner as well, or? I reckon we all are thirsting for more (credible) snippets of news. Hopefully things get going soon!

    Brother of mine, my friend, good to read you; still a fan of Turner, of course, but I don’t believe they’ll choose any actor from that age range. Luke Evans or Turner would be perfect if they did choose someone in his 40s.

    And you are right, of course, we really are thirsty for some news. Especially real news, and good ones at that.

    Cheers
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    Univex wrote: »
    Not mock-ups, but...

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    These pictures work for me. The retro style suits him well. Not unlike Cavill in MFU I'd say.

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  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
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    The times when he has played the lead in a film show him to be rather lacking; he is good in supporting roles, such as Nocturnal Animals where he's great. Not really comparable to Craig who had played leads in several big films and miniseries and was consistently strong.
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