James Bond is returning. It's a promise made throughout virtually every 007 film's closing titles, but it seemed especially heartbreaking during No Time to Die's last scrawl. Without giving anything away, one could be apprehensive about the franchise's long-term survival after a gratifying finale like Daniel Craig's departure. Although Craig's Bond looks to have ridden off into the sunset, you can be certain that... James Bond will return.
As a result, the debate is no longer whether Bond will return—or, as we argued here if Bond should have a spin-off—but rather who will be the next to wear the suit. We have some ideas, just like the internet, and we'll go over them one by one.
1. Henry Cavill
There's a lot of appeal for the Superman actor at first glance. On paper, Cavill's columns have a lot of advantages. Nonetheless, we can't resist the feeling that Eon Productions wouldn't want an actor who is already well-known for portraying a figure as iconic as Superman. More crucially, despite Cavill's dreamy demeanor, the actor occasionally struggles to portray a broader spectrum of emotional depth. He's cocky, but can he handle nuance?
2. Michael Fassbender
Michael Fassbender would have been the ideal James Bond in another life. You still don't believe us? Check out Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class for the first 20 minutes or so (2011). He has a lot of swagger and charm on film, and it's contagious.
3. Idris Elba
Idris Elba, like Michael Fassbender, would be great casting if it weren't for his age. It's tough to look away from the Luther and Beasts of No Nation actor. He commands entire attention whenever he's on-screen, swinging between imposing and encouraging.
However, the actor will turn 50 next year, which is precisely around the time when Eon begins to look for younger talent. Elba appears young for his age, but the prospect of him being 60 by the time his third Bond film arrives is a nonstarter.
4. Henry Golding
When it comes to younger actors who may cause the future generation to raise an eyebrow, Henry Golding enters the picture. He'd be the youngest Bond since Sean Connery and George Lazenby at 34 years old, and he may hold the position for many years to come, even if his first trip isn't until 2024. More significantly, he possesses a magnetic presence that has the potential to reintroduce some of the old-school charms that were lost during the Daniel Craig era.
5. Tom Hardy
Tom Hardy is one of the most talked-about performers in the James Bond universe, at least among many members of the press. Why not, you might argue? After all, didn't Hardy's Venom: Let There Be Carnage outperform No Time to Die at the box office in the United States?
Hardy is a terrific actor that is famous for his electrifying and often bizarre performances around the world. But that could be where he gets himself into problems, considering he's possibly too famous for Eon's liking.
6. Tom Hiddleston
Here's some lighthearted fan casting. Is it possible for Loki to play Bond? Yes, we believe he can, although we base this assertion on his supporting roles in films like Steven Spielberg's War Horse and Midnight in Paris as American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. He'd be able to remind us that Bond was a gentleman before he became a blunt tool, as he was impeccably mannered and polished.
7. George MacKay
The 1917 breakout star drew a lot of attention for his moving portrayal of a young man anxious to relay a message that would save thousands of lives during World War I. It's an incredible performance that showcases a talent George MacKay has shown in films like Captain Fantastic. Given that 1917 was directed by Sam Mendes, who also directed Skyfall and Spectre, he may have an "in" with the series' producers. So, is the world ready for the world's first ginger James Bond?
8. Richard Madden
Madden is the appropriate age for the series to start fresh with, at 35 and likely a few years more seasoned by the time the next Bond film comes out, and more significantly, he is a darn great actor, as fans of BBC/Bodyguard Netflix's can attest. We can't think of a better or more captivating actor to slide into the suit with a winning smile and a cold glare if Bond producers opt to stick to a more classic countenance for 007 than Daniel Craig.
9. Regé-Jean Page
At least according to the Las Vegas oddsmakers, this is the favorite. Regé-Jean Page was the breakout star of Bridgerton, causing millions of people all over the world to swoon. One might wonder if he is the heir apparent for the role, much like TV audiences expected Pierce Brosnan to be Bond after starring in Remington Steele. It's also appealing on paper.
10. Dev Patel
Dev Patel would be an excellent James Bond actor. Patel has already established himself to be one of the most charismatic and engaging English performers of his time, having performed roles that their authors originally imagined in a different way, such as David Copperfield and Sir Gawain. If you've watched his Oscar-nominated performance in Lion, or his performance in The Green Knight, you'll know he's a wonderful actor who could give the character as much weight or gravity as Craig while also making it his own.
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