Who should/could be a Bond actor?

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  • 4EverBonded4EverBonded Riding a white swan to Matera
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    I am not happy with any of the ones mentioned so far. I do hope another actor, one not talked about recently, will come along and be pretty darn perfect for the role.
  • He's pretty much an unknown at the moment, but Irish actor Laurence O'Fuarain is going to be starring in the Netflix series The Witcher: Blood Origin. He might be someone to keep an eye on.

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  • edited October 2021 Posts: 207
    Denbigh wrote: »
    I'm personally hoping it's not Rege-Jean Page. He just has this really irritating smugness. I understand that James Bond has some of that smugness within his character, but we still need to like him, and I don't know if I'd like James Bond anymore with Jean Page playing him.
    I agree. Just a little too much smugness and not in a good way for Bond in my opinion. Connery and Brosnan had just the right amount.
  • edited October 2021 Posts: 117
    talos7 wrote: »
    Isn’t O’Connell 5’7 ?

    Yes, the guy is tiny. Here he is standing next to Jeremy Irvine, who isn't exactly a big guy.

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  • ImpertinentGoonImpertinentGoon Everybody needs a hobby.
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    He's pretty much an unknown at the moment, but Irish actor Laurence O'Fuarain is going to be starring in the Netflix series The Witcher: Blood Origin. He might be someone to keep an eye on.

    https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6919834/

    As some of you may know, I have thrown around names here for quite a while, but at this moment (and I might change my mind tomorrow, who knows) I am leaning towards camp "we haven't even heard of the next Bond actor". This guy might be in with a shot or never get close to it, who knows. But I currently feel like the announcement of the next Bond is quite a ways off. Last week, I was trying to work out how Eon could manage it so that they have a name for the 60th aniversary (which is almost exactly in a year), but the way everything around NTTD seems to shake out, I think they will take a lot more time...
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    One name I think would be interesting is George Mackay. He's one of the best actors working right now in the UK. I think he will become a huge acting titan, someone with multiple Oscars on his mantlepiece. He isn't the most handsome bloke. However, neither was Craig. But Daniel always had that rugged roughness to him - he undeniably has screen presence. Mackay looks a little more gentle and unremarkable (he doesn't exactly stand out). Nonetheless, I find him a rather exciting choice, especially based on his performance in the Ned Kelly film.

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    And he's worked with both Craig and Mendes. Wouldn't be my choice, but...it's possible they'll seriously consider him.
  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
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    He's pretty much an unknown at the moment, but Irish actor Laurence O'Fuarain is going to be starring in the Netflix series The Witcher: Blood Origin. He might be someone to keep an eye on.

    https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6919834/

    As some of you may know, I have thrown around names here for quite a while, but at this moment (and I might change my mind tomorrow, who knows) I am leaning towards camp "we haven't even heard of the next Bond actor". This guy might be in with a shot or never get close to it, who knows. But I currently feel like the announcement of the next Bond is quite a ways off. Last week, I was trying to work out how Eon could manage it so that they have a name for the 60th aniversary (which is almost exactly in a year), but the way everything around NTTD seems to shake out, I think they will take a lot more time...

    I don't think the anniversary would be a main priority for them in relation to this: it's not as if the announcement of a new Bond won't make enough global headlines on its own.
  • edited October 2021 Posts: 12,717
    I think Jack O’Connell would be a cracking choice for an early years (but not origin story) reboot. I do imagine though his take would probably be quite similar to Craig.

    I agree they’re similar in some ways, but I think that could actually work in his favour. BB seems much happier with Craig than she was with Brosnan. I think the next Bond is more likely to be that sort of actor (bit of critical cred behind them, dangerous looking) rather than a Henry Cavill type. I could see Callum Turner being in with a shot for similar reasons.

    I think he could differentiate himself to Craig if he tried too. He’s been very raw and emotive in everything I’ve seen him in. Bond obviously has more of a stiff upper lip, but if he gave us some hints of that physical presence, hinted something a bit more volatile underneath the stiff upper lip, then I think it could be a fresh take, and it’d set his Bond apart nicely from Craig (who even at his most young and reckless was fairly cold and detached/stoic).
    talos7 wrote: »
    Isn’t O’Connell 5’7 ?

    5’8 I think? But personally I’m not bothered. He’s got presence, that’s the main thing. Tom Cruise is 5’6, and that doesn’t stop people from fawning over the new MI films.

    I think compensating for his height could make his take feel fairly novel. Like Cillian Murphy in Peaky Blinders, how he manages to dominate the screen in an imposing way despite being shorter than the rest of the cast. I wouldn’t mind seeing a shorter Bond channeling that sort of energy and giving the role a whole new sort of presence. Could be a fresh take.
  • NickTwentyTwoNickTwentyTwo Vancouver, BC, Canada
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    These are fictional films shot on videocameras, so height does not matter.

    My (realistic) guy is still Richard Madden.
  • baerrttbaerrtt United kingdom
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    Eon like taking bold swings these days. I think they will pick an actor of colour. I think they will go for Rege-Jean Page. I wouldn't be surprised if he has met with Eon. He'd be perfect. He is attached to star in The Saint reboot - however, Paramount have overhauled the executive team there and that project might get caught up in the turnaround. It was said that the now exited Paramount film boss, Emma Watts was instrumental in getting Page on board. That may change now.

    Perhaps more excitingly, Page has just agreed to star in Noah Hawley's new heist film at Netflix. Those combinations alone make this a film destined for world domination. I do hope that he doesn't just play suave ladykillers and this heist film has an edge to it (Hawley's involvement would suggest so). Craig made his name playing a wide variation of roles. If Page is going to convince as they next 007, he'll need to show that range.

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    One name I think would be interesting is George Mackay. He's one of the best actors working right now in the UK. I think he will become a huge acting titan, someone with multiple Oscars on his mantlepiece. He isn't the most handsome bloke. However, neither was Craig. But Daniel always had that rugged roughness to him - he undeniably has screen presence. Mackay looks a little more gentle and unremarkable (he doesn't exactly stand out). Nonetheless, I find him a rather exciting choice, especially based on his performance in the Ned Kelly film.

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    If the do pick a POC I hope it's someone like Sope Dirisu.
  • MajorDSmytheMajorDSmythe Moderator
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    O’Connel just doesn’t look like Bond, and no amount of training will help. He just looks too unconventional. He looks like, and I don’t meant this in a disrespectful way... but he looks like he would have a better chance with that other British institution, Doctor Who.
  • edited October 2021 Posts: 12,717
    O’Connel just doesn’t look like Bond, and no amount of training will help. He just looks too unconventional. He looks like, and I don’t meant this in a disrespectful way... but he looks like he would have a better chance with that other British institution, Doctor Who.

    He doesn’t look like Fleming’s Bond, or any of the others, but they all look so different to me that I don’t really have any preference when it comes to looks. As long as they’re good looking enough to make the womanising convincing, and fit enough to make the action convincing, I’m not too bothered. I could see him as the Doctor too to be fair, but he might be too famous for that role now.
    These are fictional films shot on videocameras, so height does not matter.

    My (realistic) guy is still Richard Madden.

    Yeah, he’s another name that’s popped up a lot on this thread over the years, and I do think he’s one of the more realistic seeming suggestions. I wasn’t too sure about him before, but he was very good in Bodyguard, so he might have won me over there. Only thing I can see working against him is that he’s in a Marvel film now (can’t remember which, but I saw the trailer before NTTD), so he might be too busy with that franchise. Although with how long the gaps between Bond films are now you never know, maybe they could schedule around eachother.
  • MurdockMurdock Mr. 2000
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    O’Connel just doesn’t look like Bond, and no amount of training will help. He just looks too unconventional. He looks like, and I don’t meant this in a disrespectful way... but he looks like he would have a better chance with that other British institution, Doctor Who.

    I agree. He just looks too much like a punk thug to me, a bit too ratty in my opinion.
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    As anyone seen "Wolf" with George Mackay? Or 1917? He's a bit odd, but chameleonic, and already acclaimed. And has worked with Sam Mendes and Daniel Craig.

    Dunno, but something tells me he could pull it off. Guy's a character actor.

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  • MurdockMurdock Mr. 2000
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    I don't see him as Bond but he could play a young Ivan Drago in a Rocky 4 prequel.
  • NickTwentyTwoNickTwentyTwo Vancouver, BC, Canada
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    O’Connel just doesn’t look like Bond, and no amount of training will help. He just looks too unconventional. He looks like, and I don’t meant this in a disrespectful way... but he looks like he would have a better chance with that other British institution, Doctor Who.

    He doesn’t look like Fleming’s Bond, or any of the others, but they all look so different to me that I don’t really have any preference when it comes to looks. As long as they’re good looking enough to make the womanising convincing, and fit enough to make the action convincing, I’m not too bothered. I could see him as the Doctor too to be fair, but he might be too famous for that role now.
    These are fictional films shot on videocameras, so height does not matter.

    My (realistic) guy is still Richard Madden.

    Yeah, he’s another name that’s popped up a lot on this thread over the years, and I do think he’s one of the more realistic seeming suggestions. I wasn’t too sure about him before, but he was very good in Bodyguard, so he might have won me over there. Only thing I can see working against him is that he’s in a Marvel film now (can’t remember which, but I saw the trailer before NTTD), so he might be too busy with that franchise. Although with how long the gaps between Bond films are now you never know, maybe they could schedule around eachother.

    Eternals! Yeah, you're not wrong about that.
  • MajorDSmytheMajorDSmythe Moderator
    edited October 2021 Posts: 12,784
    O’Connel just doesn’t look like Bond, and no amount of training will help. He just looks too unconventional. He looks like, and I don’t meant this in a disrespectful way... but he looks like he would have a better chance with that other British institution, Doctor Who.

    He doesn’t look like Fleming’s Bond, or any of the others, but they all look so different to me that I don’t really have any preference when it comes to looks. As long as they’re good looking enough to make the womanising convincing, and fit enough to make the action convincing, I’m not too bothered. I could see him as the Doctor too to be fair, but he might be too famous for that role now.

    I do get an Eccleston vibe from him, so wouldn't be surprised if he were on RTD's shortlist.
  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
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    baerrtt wrote: »
    Eon like taking bold swings these days. I think they will pick an actor of colour. I think they will go for Rege-Jean Page. I wouldn't be surprised if he has met with Eon. He'd be perfect. He is attached to star in The Saint reboot - however, Paramount have overhauled the executive team there and that project might get caught up in the turnaround. It was said that the now exited Paramount film boss, Emma Watts was instrumental in getting Page on board. That may change now.

    Perhaps more excitingly, Page has just agreed to star in Noah Hawley's new heist film at Netflix. Those combinations alone make this a film destined for world domination. I do hope that he doesn't just play suave ladykillers and this heist film has an edge to it (Hawley's involvement would suggest so). Craig made his name playing a wide variation of roles. If Page is going to convince as they next 007, he'll need to show that range.

    rege-jean-page-at--emmys-2021.jpg

    One name I think would be interesting is George Mackay. He's one of the best actors working right now in the UK. I think he will become a huge acting titan, someone with multiple Oscars on his mantlepiece. He isn't the most handsome bloke. However, neither was Craig. But Daniel always had that rugged roughness to him - he undeniably has screen presence. Mackay looks a little more gentle and unremarkable (he doesn't exactly stand out). Nonetheless, I find him a rather exciting choice, especially based on his performance in the Ned Kelly film.

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    If the do pick a POC I hope it's someone like Sope Dirisu.

    Yeah he convinces a bit more and he’s very good looking.
  • edited October 2021 Posts: 100
    Given that Bradley Walsh is dominating UK tv... 88 hours in one week.... maybe he can play Bond too.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-10074641/Tune-Bradleyvision-Walsh-do.html

    What ya reckon, Mutley?


  • sandbagger1sandbagger1 Sussex
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    mtm wrote: »
    baerrtt wrote: »
    Eon like taking bold swings these days. I think they will pick an actor of colour. I think they will go for Rege-Jean Page. I wouldn't be surprised if he has met with Eon. He'd be perfect. He is attached to star in The Saint reboot - however, Paramount have overhauled the executive team there and that project might get caught up in the turnaround. It was said that the now exited Paramount film boss, Emma Watts was instrumental in getting Page on board. That may change now.

    Perhaps more excitingly, Page has just agreed to star in Noah Hawley's new heist film at Netflix. Those combinations alone make this a film destined for world domination. I do hope that he doesn't just play suave ladykillers and this heist film has an edge to it (Hawley's involvement would suggest so). Craig made his name playing a wide variation of roles. If Page is going to convince as they next 007, he'll need to show that range.

    rege-jean-page-at--emmys-2021.jpg

    One name I think would be interesting is George Mackay. He's one of the best actors working right now in the UK. I think he will become a huge acting titan, someone with multiple Oscars on his mantlepiece. He isn't the most handsome bloke. However, neither was Craig. But Daniel always had that rugged roughness to him - he undeniably has screen presence. Mackay looks a little more gentle and unremarkable (he doesn't exactly stand out). Nonetheless, I find him a rather exciting choice, especially based on his performance in the Ned Kelly film.

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    If the do pick a POC I hope it's someone like Sope Dirisu.

    Yeah he convinces a bit more and he’s very good looking.

    You see, I just don't find him good-looking, where as Rege-Jean Page I do, so I'd go for Page myself.
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    Regarding Madden, who has been mentioned several times, I think he could have been a frontrunner for Bond if he if he hadn't landed a role in a Marvel movie. It seems likely that The Eternals will be a box-office success and will lead to sequels. In such context, I can't imagine Eon casting an actor who will already be the star of a film series.

    Nevertheless, I hope to be wrong as I think he would be perfect for the role.

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  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger we are in this together
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    baerrtt wrote: »
    Eon like taking bold swings these days. I think they will pick an actor of colour. I think they will go for Rege-Jean Page. I wouldn't be surprised if he has met with Eon. He'd be perfect. He is attached to star in The Saint reboot - however, Paramount have overhauled the executive team there and that project might get caught up in the turnaround. It was said that the now exited Paramount film boss, Emma Watts was instrumental in getting Page on board. That may change now.

    Perhaps more excitingly, Page has just agreed to star in Noah Hawley's new heist film at Netflix. Those combinations alone make this a film destined for world domination. I do hope that he doesn't just play suave ladykillers and this heist film has an edge to it (Hawley's involvement would suggest so). Craig made his name playing a wide variation of roles. If Page is going to convince as they next 007, he'll need to show that range.

    rege-jean-page-at--emmys-2021.jpg

    One name I think would be interesting is George Mackay. He's one of the best actors working right now in the UK. I think he will become a huge acting titan, someone with multiple Oscars on his mantlepiece. He isn't the most handsome bloke. However, neither was Craig. But Daniel always had that rugged roughness to him - he undeniably has screen presence. Mackay looks a little more gentle and unremarkable (he doesn't exactly stand out). Nonetheless, I find him a rather exciting choice, especially based on his performance in the Ned Kelly film.

    5e7cf76d73087f60004c601df577ba82912c70ff.gifv

    If the do pick a POC I hope it's someone like Sope Dirisu.

    Person Of Colour is such a racist term. Wouldn t it be better to say Person Of Saturation?
  • ImpertinentGoonImpertinentGoon Everybody needs a hobby.
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    Can't believe I hadn't heard it before, but one podcast just mentioned Dev Patel as a possibility and I am kind of smitten with it.

    Leaving the whole racial debate to the side, he is a fantastic actor, he cleans up quite well, is the right age, is at a very good point in his career (similar to Craig, I would say), he's British. Don't know what he is like in an action role, that is my biggest question mark and some fans will roll their eyes at casting another "serious actor" who'll want to do "serious actor"-things in the role and not just be a damn good Bond.
    Still, a really compelling candidate, I think.
  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
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    He’s brilliant, but I’ve never quite put him in the devastatingly-good-with-the-ladies mould, but maybe he could.
  • sandbagger1sandbagger1 Sussex
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    In terms of the action stuff, though he is kind of on the skinny side, I do seem to remember him producing a surprising roundhouse spinning kick in an early episode of Skins!
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    Yeah Dev Patel has a face for Bond IMO, but he's just too ectomorphic I think. And maybe even too tall? He seems taller than even the pre-Craig five were.
  • BennyBenny Classified Administrator, Moderator
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    According to IMDb, Dev Patel is 6'1 and a half. (1.87m)
    So certainly within an acceptable height for Bond. I wouldn't be adverse to his casting. He's a bloody good actor. And has a good look, with plenty of charisma.
    A lot of worse choices out there.
  • edited October 2021 Posts: 5,735
    Dev Patel for Bond?
    Cmon, people...

    He's a brilliant actor, but so is donham gleeson, and I wouldn't wan't him as Bond. As everyone lost touch to what Bond is meant to look like? How about Nikesh Patel, then? Or Chance Perdomo, or Freddie Wise, or Edward Bluemel? What do these have in common? Good young actors who look nothing like Bond should look. Nothing. Despite being of different racial backgrounds.

    I could immediately see Bond in DC in 2005, I can't for the life of me see Bond in Dev Patel, or in any of these gents for that matter.

    But hey, let's keep throwing names for shock purpose and to shake things up, whilst loosing touch with the literary source material, further and further. Just, let's, for the sake of it.

    I'd rather have Serge MacKay, as he's chameleonic to boot, a bit like Craig. Or Richard Madden, despite his height.

    But hey, bear in mind, all IMHO.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger we are in this together
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    I wonder why Jason Momoa met with Barbara Broccoli?
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    I wonder why Jason Momoa met with Barbara Broccoli?

    To play the samoan henchman from Boyle's script.

    Just kidding, who knows? :)
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