Given that Daniel Craig has made it very clear he will not film another Bond movie (although he’s already gone back on this once), most fans are wondering who could be the next 007.

Rumours of various actors taking on the role are crowding the internet, and have been for some time, so we’ve decided to put together this brief guide to who seems to be in the running for the iconic role.

Idris Elba

While he has claimed he is not interested, Idris Elba has still teased Bond fans on social media about being a possible candidate for the role.

If he were to take it on, he would be the first black Bond in the history of the franchise – which would be viewed as an important win for diversity in predominantly white Hollywood.

Elba has made his name through combination of roles in film and on television, most notably in The Wire and this summer’s Fast & Furious spinoff, Hobbs & Shaw.

Tom Hardy

To begin with, Tom Hardy has the support of Pierce Brosnan, a former Bond, who says that Hardy would be a good fit for the role. Hardy broke onto the popular film scene with a supporting role in Inception, but has since appeared in other popular action movies like The Dark Knight Rises, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Dunkirk.

Not only does he have the resume to be the next 007, but he also has the good looks and the charm.

Henry Cavill

Cavill has explicitly expressed interest in the role, which cannot be said about all the potential candidates on this list. He is best known for his role as Clark Kent in Man Of Steel and its subsequent follow-ups, but also earned praise for his part as a double agent in the latest Mission: Impossible film.

He’s an actor who many feel has noticeably improved since his big break, which would make him an intriguing candidate.

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron is one of a few female candidates the Internet has designated for the next Bond. She’s become something of an action maestro through roles in Mad Max: Fury Road and Atomic Blonde, leaving some fans convinced she’d be a great fit.

And she’s not the only actress under consideration. At times in the past year or so, trusted internet bookmakers have actually counted Emily Blunt among the favourites.

Not all bookmakers carry odds for this sort of thing, but those that do have indicated it may not be that big a surprise if a woman gets the role.

Richard Madden

Richard Madden is best known for his role as Robb Stark in the popular TV series Game of Thrones. This could make him a compelling choice for Bond producers, as his presence in the franchise could potentially draw in a new fan base from his GoT days.

And while the transition from medieval-style knight/king to dapper double-o may seem like a stretchy one, Madden also earned raves for his work in The Bodyguard.

He wasn’t exactly a secret agent in this British drama, but he still handled a part much closer to Bond than Robb Stark is, and did a wonderful job of it. Madden would also be a very young choice, which could mean that if he gets the job, he’ll keep it for 15 or 20 years!

Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch already has experience playing a spy – okay, detective – from his role in the TV series Sherlock. And he’s so popular, there was even at one point a petition for him to be the next James Bond.

Among the reasons listed on the petition is Cumberbatch’s “class, charisma, and that mysterious aura” that every Bond actor needs to have to be successful. We can’t argue with that!

Of course, Daniel Craig may decide to prolong his reign yet again, but in the mean time, it is certainly fun to imagine who in Hollywood could best take up the mantle.

The following article is written by Melissa Jordan whose thoughts do not necessarily reflect my own. 


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