Who should/could be a Bond actor?

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  • FatherValentineFatherValentine England
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    He's tall, British, and got dark hair. He can probably act too. Not disputing any of that. But beyond that I don't seen anything about him that means he leapfrogs any of the others who might be on the list.

    I am not saying he couldn't be James Bond, just that there are at least half a dozen better candidates on the list. I would put Callum Turner down with Madden, Norton etc. he might be better than them, he might not. But still very much out of the top five contenders at least.
  • DenbighDenbigh UK
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    Let's not forget that Callum Turner is only thirty years old and most of his pictures show him when he was still in his twenties. Between now and when Bond 26 goes into production, he has time to physically mature, the same being true for Hoult. Four years from now, I think they will appear much more as ideal candidates for the role.
    That is also true.
  • suavejmfsuavejmf Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England
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    I would prefer someone to be 6ft plus.

    But I would rather it be an actor who looked right but is shorter, than just be a good height.

    Of course. The full package naturally, I agree.
  • talos7talos7 New Orleans
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    Hoult has really moved my rankings as a potential Bond. He’s a solid actor, great voice, is tall and looks more and more the part as each year passes.
  • BennyBenny spammer bannerModerator
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    talos7 wrote: »
    Hoult has really moved my rankings as a potential Bond. He’s a solid actor, great voice, is tall and looks more and more the part as each year passes.

    Agreed @talos7 he’s also one of the safest bets depending on which direction EON want to take the series. Keep it dark, brutal and thrilling.
    More amusing akin to Moore and Brosnan.
    I think Hoult has the ability to take the Bond role into various directions. If he wants it of course.
    I believe the next actor will cast on what EON want in Bond 26. Serious, lighter, a period Bond. Who knows.

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    talos7 wrote: »
    Hoult has really moved my rankings as a potential Bond. He’s a solid actor, great voice, is tall and looks more and more the part as each year passes.
    I completely agree. He gradually physically matures and more and more comes across as my personal favorite. The fact that he was one of the last two contenders for Matt Reeves' Batman definitely makes him a promising profile for a casting director.
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    He's tall, British, and got dark hair. He can probably act too. Not disputing any of that. But beyond that I don't seen anything about him that means he leapfrogs any of the others who might be on the list.

    I am not saying he couldn't be James Bond, just that there are at least half a dozen better candidates on the list. I would put Callum Turner down with Madden, Norton etc. he might be better than them, he might not. But still very much out of the top five contenders at least.

    If he's no better than Norton then it's a no from me.
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    He's tall, British, and got dark hair. He can probably act too. Not disputing any of that. But beyond that I don't seen anything about him that means he leapfrogs any of the others who might be on the list.

    I am not saying he couldn't be James Bond, just that there are at least half a dozen better candidates on the list. I would put Callum Turner down with Madden, Norton etc. he might be better than them, he might not. But still very much out of the top five contenders at least.

    If he's no better than Norton then it's a no from me.
  • FatherValentineFatherValentine England
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    From what I have seen of him this is where I would rank him. He might be a bit better/more appropriate, but certainly not a natural fit for the role like the others I have mentioned.

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    The fact that Hoult went for the Batman role shows he actually wants to take the next step re top billing. If you are happy in the cape, you are happy in the tux? The pressures in both roles would be huge. He's ready.
  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
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    talos7 wrote: »
    Hoult has really moved my rankings as a potential Bond. He’s a solid actor, great voice, is tall and looks more and more the part as each year passes.

    Yes, agreed. He ticks the boxes in terms of physical requirements and has, most importantly for me, been working in big movies a long time and also had an eye for the more interesting dramatic roles as well. In terms of experience I think he's exactly in that sweet spot of knowing his way around a film camera but not yet a massive star known for one particular thing.
    Maybe he'd test for it and be rubbish, or he wouldn't want it, but on paper he's the candidate that makes the most sense to me at the moment. Can he do alpha male-sexy-tough? I haven't seen it, but I'd have more confidence in him being able to act it than the more foppish soft-jawed Redmayne and Hiddleston types.
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    patb wrote: »
    The fact that Hoult went for the Batman role shows he actually wants to take the next step re top billing. If you are happy in the cape, you are happy in the tux? The pressures in both roles would be huge. He's ready.

    I'd say so, yes. Good point.
  • edited October 21 Posts: 4,222
    Sorry, another point. To get so close to a huge starring role means he must have ticked so many of the boxes that EON need ticking. Obviously, he has to be right for the role but many of the boxes would have been about attitude, professionalism, dealing with media, dealing with co-stars, reputation within the industry etc etc How many of the other candidates have ticked these boxes? (Plus Cruise also wanted him for MI). He is the clear favourite IMHO
  • talos7talos7 New Orleans
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    Now I know this is a reach but what if Hoult withdrawing from MI is linked to Bond.
    Hypothetically, what if Hoult has been told that he will be the next Bond; It might not matter for secondary characters, but for the lead role as Bond EON may not want a crossover with another major spy franchise.

    Now I’m not saying that I think this is the case; I’m just spitballing
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    patb wrote: »
    Sorry, another point. To get so close to a huge starring role means he must have ticked so many of the boxes that EON need ticking. Obviously, he has to be right for the role but many of the boxes would have been about attitude, professionalism, dealing with media, dealing with co-stars, reputation within the industry etc etc How many of the other candidates have ticked these boxes? (Plus Cruise also wanted him for MI). He is the clear favourite IMHO

    I think nothing is clear. But I do get your very valid point. I too am a supporter of Hoult. One thing that strikes me as interesting, to say the least, is that he seems to easily get the consensus around here, and that's the most difficult task of all ;)
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    So, here are the proper, serious, candidates as far as I am concerned, in no particular order;

    Jack O' Connell - whoever posted those gifs of him in a suit and DJ made a good case. He's short, and likely to play it as a Craig replica, but very physical, handsome enough, good actor, and has a twinkle in his eye that Craig has. Could see it working.

    Michael Fassbender - nigh on perfect for a Daltonesque Fleming faithful adaptation. But getting on. Love to see him do two or three quick films with an overarching story, rushed out for 2023.

    Henry Cavill - Perfect for a movie star, safe pair of hands, Moore and Brosnan style version of the role. Very famous and associated with other roles is a drawback. His acting is good enough for Bond, no matter what people say. Would be happy to have him if it meant steadying the ship after NTTD (should it need to be steadied). Could be a decent transitional Bond before someone else comes through with a more serious take on the character.

    Robert Pattinson - I have to accept he is a contender based on his looks (though he has a weirdness to him probably not right for Bond). But I would rather it not be him, due to the Batman connection (Cavill is slightly more acceptable in my eyes despite his other famous roles purely because he is more of a safe choice than Pattinson). Plus he has a pastiness to him - even outside of Twilight, that I don't like. Good actor in more indie movies though.

    Tom Hardy - sticking him in because EON have probably kept an eye on him and he will be on people's radar. He could do it. He'd do a job. He can handle the action, the size of the production. He can act. Women like him. For me, too famous, and something slightly off about him for the role of Bond that I can't quite pin point. But he could do it. Again, likely to be only for a couple of films if he did do it/was offered. But I would rather it's not him.

    Aidan Turner - looks good. Women like him. Brooding sort of performer. Has a sleaziness to him which I like, but can also see a drawback to also. Is he a bit too TV? How is he holding a machine gun?

    Nicholas Hoult - good actor. Beautiful looking. Filling out into a man. Happy playing off -beat roles (Look at the recent Ned Kelly film), and has a likability to him. Known for big budget movies, but not necessarily as the main star. Looks good in a DJ. He is young looking, but then everyone is these days. So he could have longevity. He's my current favourite for taking over on a long term basis.

    Everyone else is, in my humble opinion, not a serious contender for a variety of reasons...too posh, too foppy, too famous, too old, too American, too whatever. The above options tick several boxes.

    Anyway, this is just a distillation of my current thoughts on the subject.

    most of these I am fine with... I still say there is something about Aidan Turner I would prefer him for Highlander then 007 in the same way I feel about Robert Pattison
  • FatherValentineFatherValentine England
    edited October 21 Posts: 469
    talos7 wrote: »
    Now I know this is a reach but what if Hoult withdrawing from MI is linked to Bond.
    Hypothetically, what if Hoult has been told that he will be the next Bond; It might not matter for secondary characters, but for the lead role as Bond EON may not want a crossover with another major spy franchise.

    Now I’m not saying that I think this is the case; I’m just spitballing

    Has he pulled out of MI?

    I really hope that's the reason! it will show that EON are moving quickly.

    Obviously we don't know and it could be any other number of reasons...
  • DenbighDenbigh UK
    edited October 21 Posts: 3,978
    I very much doubt that's the reason considering what Barbara herself has said...

    I always say: you can only be in love with one person at a time. Once the film’s come out, then some time will pass, and then we’ll have to get on to the business of the future. But for now, we just cannot think about anything beyond Daniel.

    ...and it being based on a scheduling conflict with a film due to coronavirus delaying MI's production, as opposed to keeping himself free for a role he might get in a few years time because I imagine he still would've been in MI if it wasn't for the filming delay.
  • MSL49MSL49 Finland
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    Benny wrote: »
    talos7 wrote: »
    Hoult has really moved my rankings as a potential Bond. He’s a solid actor, great voice, is tall and looks more and more the part as each year passes.

    Agreed @talos7 he’s also one of the safest bets depending on which direction EON want to take the series. Keep it dark, brutal and thrilling.
    More amusing akin to Moore and Brosnan.
    I think Hoult has the ability to take the Bond role into various directions. If he wants it of course.
    I believe the next actor will cast on what EON want in Bond 26. Serious, lighter, a period Bond. Who knows.
    I think i prefer lighter Bond after Craig.

  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
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    MSL49 wrote: »
    Benny wrote: »
    talos7 wrote: »
    Hoult has really moved my rankings as a potential Bond. He’s a solid actor, great voice, is tall and looks more and more the part as each year passes.

    Agreed @talos7 he’s also one of the safest bets depending on which direction EON want to take the series. Keep it dark, brutal and thrilling.
    More amusing akin to Moore and Brosnan.
    I think Hoult has the ability to take the Bond role into various directions. If he wants it of course.
    I believe the next actor will cast on what EON want in Bond 26. Serious, lighter, a period Bond. Who knows.
    I think i prefer lighter Bond after Craig.

    Yes, a bit more that way would be good. Like Cruise in MI 4 & 5 maybe.
  • MSL49MSL49 Finland
    edited October 21 Posts: 271
    Denbigh wrote: »
    MSL49 wrote: »
    How tall Callum Turner is?
    He’s 6’2”

    Perfect height. Can he act?
  • suavejmfsuavejmf Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England
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  • edited October 22 Posts: 12,680
    Denbigh wrote: »
    I very much doubt that's the reason considering what Barbara herself has said...

    I always say: you can only be in love with one person at a time. Once the film’s come out, then some time will pass, and then we’ll have to get on to the business of the future. But for now, we just cannot think about anything beyond Daniel.

    ...and it being based on a scheduling conflict with a film due to coronavirus delaying MI's production, as opposed to keeping himself free for a role he might get in a few years time because I imagine he still would've been in MI if it wasn't for the filming delay.

    And that's why pretty much any list of candidates we made here can be scrapped until further notice.
  • suavejmfsuavejmf Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England
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    Ludovico wrote: »
    Denbigh wrote: »
    I very much doubt that's the reason considering what Barbara herself has said...

    I always say: you can only be in love with one person at a time. Once the film’s come out, then some time will pass, and then we’ll have to get on to the business of the future. But for now, we just cannot think about anything beyond Daniel.

    ...and it being based on a scheduling conflict with a film due to coronavirus delaying MI's production, as opposed to keeping himself free for a role he might get in a few years time because I imagine he still would've been in MI if it wasn't for the filming delay.

    And that's why pretty much any list of candidates we made here can be scrapped until further notice.

    Good. Because the list is pretty weak at present.

    IMO there are maybe 5-10 suitable candidates in the whole thread. With lots of total left field randoms.
  • FatherValentineFatherValentine England
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    Who are your five @suavejmf and do they correspond with mine?
  • suavejmfsuavejmf Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England
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    Who are your five @suavejmf and do they correspond with mine?

    Micheal Fassbender
    Aidan Turner
    Oliver Jackson Cohen
    Tom Hiddleston
    Luke Evans
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    suavejmf wrote: »
    Ludovico wrote: »
    Denbigh wrote: »
    I very much doubt that's the reason considering what Barbara herself has said...

    I always say: you can only be in love with one person at a time. Once the film’s come out, then some time will pass, and then we’ll have to get on to the business of the future. But for now, we just cannot think about anything beyond Daniel.

    ...and it being based on a scheduling conflict with a film due to coronavirus delaying MI's production, as opposed to keeping himself free for a role he might get in a few years time because I imagine he still would've been in MI if it wasn't for the filming delay.

    And that's why pretty much any list of candidates we made here can be scrapped until further notice.

    Good. Because the list is pretty weak at present.

    IMO there are maybe 5-10 suitable candidates in the whole thread. With lots of total left field randoms.

    I'm not happy with the names here either.
  • talos7talos7 New Orleans
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    To suggest that none of the actors mentioned would be suitable is just not accurate; none might fit one’s personal preference but there are several who are strong candidates.
  • MSL49MSL49 Finland
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    I think James Norton is a solid candidate.
  • DenbighDenbigh UK
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    talos7 wrote: »
    To suggest that none of the actors mentioned would be suitable is just not accurate; none might fit one’s personal preference but there are several who are strong candidates.
    Exactly, and again we should remember we're not trying to find the next James Bond for tomorrow, we're trying to find suggestions for the next James Bond that'll be cast in maybe around three to four years.
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