There has been much speculation since it was revealed that Daniel Craig was hanging up his Walther PPK Elysium Magazine updates its picks for the top role in Hollywood, with a few surprises.
The critics’ choice: Idris Elba
Elba ticks every box going. He’s an established name but wouldn’t overshadow the character. His casting would be historic, obviously, but Elba feels less a “Black Bond” than a natural Bond who happens to be black. Which is exactly as it should be.
The bookies’ favourite: Tom Hiddleston
Tom Hiddleston’s already made a success of playing a spy. Impressing critics and drawing huge audiences in the BBC’s The Night Manager, a drama series based on the John le Carré novel, is as close as it gets to a public job application for the role.
The natural fit: Henry Cavill
Square-jawed, broad shouldered, dark haired, blue eyed. Classically handsome but could clearly take you in a fight. Auditioning for the role, aged 22, in 2005, Cavill reached the final two before Craig edged him out. Ten years later, matured as an actor and a man, surely he should go one better?
The outside favourite: Nicholas Hoult
A brave choice with the potential to pay dividends. A young, hungry British actor with franchise experience but no defining role as yet. He’s a very different actor to Craig, smoother and less physical; it would refreshing to see a new interpretation of the character.
The man of the moment: Damian Lewis
After shining in Homeland and Billions, this is very much Damian Lewis’s moment. He’s an incredibly smooth performer and would offer a refreshing change after the bluntness of Craig. His 2013 Jaguar short film Desire almost feels like an extended audition for the role. It’s one he passes, comfortably.
Twitter’s favourite: Gillian Anderson
To cast Gillian Anderson as the first female James Bond would be a refreshing and original update to the 50 year old franchise. She wants the role, too. The creative possibilities are vast and she has already been voted the best candidate in a number of Twitter polls. Jane Bond could be a serious possibility.
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