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To wash away bad memories, amirite? ;)
Judi Dench and Ralph Fiennes aren't dependable? And Rory Kinnear is one of the best character actors in the country.
In Kinnear's case, he's played such a wide range of roles that I've never really thought of him as a character actor.
No need to make it personal. Were you not saying that it was better with dependable character actors in the roles?
I’d say he’s usually not playing your classic leading man type but usually slightly more unusual parts as part of an ensemble which kind of is your character actor bread and butter (I don’t want to downplay how good he is though), but often he does leads of course so that’s fair. Dench has probably been more of the classic character actor for the last couple of decades.
You're not wrong. There is a bit of a disconnect there. However, I would say the limit nature of the roles combined with the prestige of the franchise - especially in Britain - could make for an enticing combination. Eon's pitch to someone like Olivia Colman or Mark Rylance or Jessie Buckley or Jenna Coleman or whomever would be: You can get one of the most famous roles in British cinema for the next 15 years (as opposed to a one-and-done villain or Bond girl) and all you have to do is show up at Pinewood for 2 weeks once every four years and do a bit of promotion with our product partners afterwards (who are very generous, btw). I don't think that's a bad pitch.
Well there's always cash I guess! :D
Good point though, they'll need to build up the prestige again to some extent.
Interesting...if they go with some overly young pup with the body of a teenager, a pretty face, an ability to brood - even to the exclusion of any and all other abilities - to get "the youth market", that may bring the built-up prestige crashing down. I get the concern for appealing to younger fans, and I don't know who's REALLY under consideration or would be considered, but wowww...It isn't just Harry Styles or Timothy Chalamet who would utterly lack credibility in terms of looking like someone who could succeed at tough action, fighting, etc. Richard Madden and some others belong in the same group, though more mature. Madden, all furrowed brow so much of the time, looked like a lad in The Take, and his character even said so himself in comparing himself to Idris Elba's character in that film.
This is no easy task ahead for the producers.
Because Bond is the granddaddy of the genre, it will always be a struggle...
Well they've always tried to get the new ideas for stunts or gadgets in their films for freshness' sake. Them hiring Duran Duran is probably more appropriate to your point! :)
I've heard that AVTAK precredit scene was where snowboarding was inspired, not the other way around. It wasn't put in to appeal to a younger demographic. It was more to work in the cheap joke with the faux Beach Boys music.
Well that info would be wrong @BT3366
Modern snow boarding dates back to 1965, so 20 years prior to AVTAK.
I saw someone suggest Mark Rylance as a possible M.
An outstanding choice.
Just because Rylance is a good actor does not make him M. That man is not gruff and has too soft a face. Please cast the roles, not the actors you want to see.
They kept Judy Dench though. I think the codename fallacy will be defended by people no matter what.
I think we will see a re-casting from Bond on down.
Edit: I think pre-Craig it had value to keep the same or some of the cast from previous eras; it was comforting and we were reassured that the lead actor may've changed , but this is still an EoN Bond film.
Now that Craig Bond took some missiles to the face and is dead, I don't think there is any value bringing any of the supporting players back.
That's just a matter of opinion.
I think Mark Rylance does have the ability as an actor to become M. He's an actor after all. The fact you don't see it, doesn't make it so.
If only. We need to stop trying just anything because they're British. Any name can be thrown in, the point of the thread is to discuss them.
Rylance reminds me of Geoffrey Keen.
Well that too me is a good thing. For many of his appearances he was a strong figurehead. Highlights for me would be Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, Octopussy and even View To Kill.
I think Rylance could play that former Admiral who can give Bond a stern direction, but show care and pride in his top agent.
Another actor I could see playing M would be Ciaran Hinds. Strong commanding actor who could keep Bond under control, whilst keeping the fatherly figure side, I think is required for the role.