Monday Morning Quarterback Part II
By BOP Staff
November 11, 2015
Kim Hollis: Who do you think will be the next James Bond?
Edwin Davies: I think that it'll be someone like a Dominic Cooper: a young actor who's known to audiences in a general sense, but not so well known that they bring a lot of baggage or an established persona, an approach which worked pretty well with Daniel Craig. Cooper probably wouldn't be available due to his commitments to Preacher and Agent Carter, but he's baseline for the sort of actor I think EON might look for.
In terms of who I would want to see as Bond, as opposed to who I think will get it, I'd like to see them take a risk and go for Idris Elba, Chiwitel Ejiofor, or Riz Ahmed, all of whom have qualities which I think would make them perfect Bonds.
Jason Barney: I wouldn't mind seeing Benedict Cumberbatch as Bond.
Ben Gruchow: I would be perfectly willing to write to whomever it takes to see Chiwetel Ejiofor take a crack at Bond.
Felix Quinonez: OK, I'll let you guys in on a secret, it's going to be me.
Bruce Hall: You will accuse me of dodging the question, but I think it will be Daniel Craig.
I mean really, it all depends on whether or not he fulfills the final film in his contract. If he does, that film isn't likely to hit theaters until...let's say 2018.
If that's the case, the one after that we won't see until after the beginning of the next decade. And in that scenario, I'd wager you can probably cross fan favorites like Damian Lewis (currently 44-years-old) and Idris Elba (42) off your list right now.
Also, with the distribution rights to the franchise about to go up for bids, I can see a scenario where say, Warner Bros takes over and decides to capitalize quickly. Maybe they recast the role early, hoping to take things in a fresh direction. In that case, all bets are off.
There's just so many questions right now that it's impossible to make an informed guess, because there's literally no information available.
But for the sake of having fun with it, I will assume that Craig finishes his contract and we don't get a new Bond until 2019 or so. Based on who's "hot" right now, I'll throw out Henry Cavill, Dan Stevens and Tom Hardy.
Still, something tells me that the man who ultimately wins the role is someone that nobody is taking about right now.
Like...I don't know. Felix Quinonez?
Michael Lynderey: I think the Dan Stevens choice is brilliant, Bruce. He's exactly what they might be looking for - somewhat known so as to not be too obscure, but not too famous like a Tom Hardy (or a Benedict Cumberbatch, come on - although Cumby would make a great Bond villain!). Stevens is a bit more of the old-school Bond than Craig is, but the at same time he's got a somewhat strong physical presence, too, so he can pull his own weight in a brawl. He's vaguely blond, but not so blond as Craig or so brunet as Connery, so he's an effective transition between the two. And he's gotten good reviews for his steely charm in movies like The Guest, while pulling off comedy in Night at the Museum (I imagine he could simply use the former film as an audition tape).
As I understand it, Henry Cavill was under serious consideration in 2005, but he was passed over because of his age, 22. These days, he's playing Superman and he's done the similar Man from U.N.C.L.E., so I'm guessing he'll now ironically be seen as too experienced for the job. Certainly a good choice on paper, however.
Kim Hollis: I'd agree that Cavill seems a terrific choice. I almost felt like U.N.C.L.E. was his Bond audition. Richard Madden might be an interesting choice as well. At least he'd be real Scots.