BY ADEDIWURA OKELEYE
Since Daniel Craig revealed he was not going to carry on the James Bond franchise, so many speculations have been made about who the new James Bond will be. Some people even suggested a female James Bond, Jane Bond. GQ magazine made a compilation of the likely contenders and why or why not they could pull off the role. Here are the popular choices:
1) Tom Hiddleston
Even though the gentleman has come out to clog the wheels whirling ideas that he could be the next James Bond, bookies are still very much in love with him. GQ thinks he will be a good Bond because he has made a good success of playing a beguiling spy in BBC’s The Night Manager and he has a solid fan base already. He is also tall enough.
However, since he’s already a successful spy, he’ll be a wrong candidate. He also doesn’t take obvious roles and he was called ‘too posh’ by Bond producer Barbara Broccoli.
2) Idris Elba
This fine, black man has secured his place in the hearts of critics and fans with his roles in The Wire, Luther, Pacific Rim, Beasts Of No Nation among others. GQ thinks he’ll be a perfect candidate because he has the body, character and the right amount of fame. His casting would also be a good change as he’ll be the first black Bond. But his age is an issue, he’s 43.
3) Tom Hardy
He has made his name with Locke, Legend and Inception. He seems like a perfect candidate for the role, too perfect even. He has the body and the edge to pull of the role successfully. The downside is more on Hardy’s side than the Bond franchise’s. He’s not one for mainstream roles and loves his creative freedom. A recurring role like James Bond could…bore him maybe?
4) Henry Cavill
Superman star Henry auditioned for the role in 2005 when he was 22 and went up against Daniel Craig in the final 2. Craig beat him to the role in a “virtual toss up”. So, superman to the rescue?
Nope. Playing Superman and James Bond would be hellish, too stressful and probably bad for his ego. Besides he already played a Bond-ish role as Napoleon Solo in The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
5) Aidan Turner
Poldark and Hobbit were turning points in this Irishman’s career and generated a large, mostly female fan base for him. Two Bonds- Roger Moore and Pierce Bosnan were once TV leads like Aidan before they became Bonds. Perhaps Aidan could follow the same route.
Or not. GQ thinks he doesn’t have the star power to carry the longest running cinematic franchise of all time.
6) Nicholas Hoult
He would bring a welcome interpretation of the character. He has the talent, but he is too “pretty” to be Bond. No one wants to maul that fine face. Plus he’s too young.
7) Damian Lewis
The redhead’s role in the 2013 Jaguar short film Desire is what gives him the Bond appeal but he is too old for the role.
8) Micheal Fassbender
He is the right age, has the right spy background but he is too famous for the role and could overshadow the character. He is also involved in the X-Men franchise and could be in Assassin’s Creed soon.
9) David Oyelowo
After impressing with Selma, David’s Bond potential seems okay but he does not have the edge and style to pull it off. Besides he does not meet the height requirement.
10) Luke Evans
His role in Dracula Untold makes this man one of the Bond prospects. He has just enough popularity for the role, is the right age and he won last year’s GQ poll for the next James Bond making him a well-accepted prospect. However he has no television experience and this might make him a bit unfamiliar with the British audience.
11) Jamie Bell
The former child actor famous for playing Billy Elliott could be the next Bond for his diverse experience since he graduated from being a child star. But, he is too young and…short.
12) Gillian Anderson
Last but definitely not least is the female candidate for the role. Her casting will be highly refreshing and revolutionary. It could also make the franchise less sexist by ending the constant portrayal of women as James Bond’s playthings. That man has slept with 61 women in 24 films!
Call me biased, but it would be nice to have Bond boys that get tossed after the movie instead of Bond girls. Oh please! A man does it and he’s a Jagaban, a woman does it and she’s an unprintable word abi?
However, the change could (expectedly) be a bit too much for the Ian Fleming estate and the franchise.
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