A few years ago it was made public that Daniel Craig was no longer happy playing James Bond. It’s quite understandable considering how difficult it is to play the world’s greatest spy. First of all there’s the gruelling fitness regime, the amount of time that each movie takes to produce and the effect of being tied to a specific role thus making other openings difficult to fulfil.
Recently the final shortlist of the next 007 was released, here are the top five candidates:-
Born in London on the 6th September 1972 to a Ghanaian mother and a Sierra Leonean father, Idris Elba is a true example of a Briton in today’s society. The world is a wonderful, diverse place and Hollywood has got into a lot of trouble over the years for ‘whitewashing’ most casts, and it’s about time that films represented real people. If cast Elba would be the first non-white 007, and if you’ve seen any of his work, you know that there are few actors more charismatic, suave, hardworking and deserving of that mantle as Idris Elba.
His first TV roles were appearances on ‘Crimewatch’ in murder reconstructions followed by quest appearances on shows including ‘The Bill,’ ‘Absolutely Fabulous,’ and ‘The Ruth Rendell Mysteries,’ and ‘Law & Order.’ Elba’s first major role was in the classic HBO TV crime drama ‘The Wire,’ as the intelligent drug lord Russell “Stringer” Bell, which later helped him land the lead role in ‘Luther’ as the morally ambiguous titular character loosely based on Sherlock Holmes.
Elba is a Golden Globe & BAFTA nominated actor for his role as the despicable rebel Commandant in Cary Fukunaga’s film ‘Beasts of no nation.’ He has starred in a few blockbusters such as ‘Thor,’ ‘Pacific Rim,’ ‘Star Trek: Beyond,’ ‘Prometheus,’ 2016’s ‘The Jungle Book,’ and the animated films ‘Zootopia’ aka ‘Zootropolis,’ and ‘Finding Dory.’
Idris Elba is the front-runner to play Bond, yet perhaps the only thing going against Elba is his age, 44. Thus far, the oldest actor to be cast as Bond in the main film series is Roger Moore at the ripe old age of 46 in 1973 for ‘Live and Let Die.’ These days, if you want an actor to sign on for a four/ five movie deal for the next 10-15 years, you may want to hire someone younger so they can keep up with the process of training and doing the stunts for Bond for longer.
Born 2nd April 1977 in Heidelberg, West Germany to a Northern Irish mother & a German father, they later moved to Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland. Fassbender speaks fluent German, which may come in handy as an international spy.
His first on-screen role was in the Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks production “Band of Brothers,” and his first movie role was as a Spartan in the Zack Snyder film “300.” Since then he has appeared in a number of blockbusters such as “Inglorious Basterds,” “X-men: First Class,” “Prometheus,” and the upcoming video game adaption “Assassin’s Creed.” The issue with being a part of these blockbusters is that some of the films are still an ongoing series, with the X-men, The Prometheus/Alien, and Assassin’s Creed series all having sequels potentially every other year and adding another frequent commitment may be too much for Fassbender to maintain.
Born 9th February 1981 in Westminster, London to a Scottish father and an English mother. At the age of 13 he began boarding at Eton College, and continued on to Pembroke College at The University of Cambridge.
He first broke onto the scene as the enigmatic, silver-tongued brother of Thor in the movie “Thor.” He got invited to the audition for Thor after working with the director of the film –Kenneth Branagh- on the TV show “Wallander.”
Hiddleston’s more famous roles are in “Thor,” “War Horse,” “Midnight in Paris,” “Crimson Peak,” “The Avengers.” He recently gained some attention playing the soldier turned intelligence operative in espionage thriller the TV show “The Night Manager” which a lot of people assumed was almost a try-out for the role of Bond. Incidentally the rumoured director of the new James Bond film is the director of the Night Manager TV series, Susanne Bier, so the fact that they’ve already worked together may play a part in the casting.
Born 10th April 1980 in Newcastle, England. He received his first on screen role in the school drama “Byker Grove” at the age of 17, and a year later landed his first lead role in the hit drama series “Queer as Folk.” He was later cast as the lead in the big screen adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “Nicholas Nickleby,” and in the film “Green Street” as the leader of a West Ham United firm, for which his performance was well-received even with his much derided cockney accent.
Hunnam’s role as the football hooligan caught the eye of the creator of the, then, upcoming series “Sons of Anarchy” based on a fictional motorcycle club, Hunnam starred as Jackson “Jax” Teller throughout its entire run from 2008 through 2014. Hunnam’s first blockbuster came in the form of giant robots called Jaegers in the 2013 film “Pacific Rim.”
English actor James Norton was born in London on the 18 July 1985 and is currently the bookies favourite to be the next Bond. He is best known for roles in the British TV series Happy Valley, Grantchester and most recently War & Peace. He was nominated for the British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2015 for his role as ex-convict Tommy Lee Royce in Happy Valley.
These are the top five candidates to play the world’s greatest spy, however, there are some good outsiders that could be considered for the role.
Who would you think could take on the role?
For those die hard fans we have a 9 1/2 hour James Bond Locations Tour from London. As well as seeing many James Bond filming locations you will also enjoy learning how the films were made and see movie clips as you pass the locations.