007 Fans: Who's next?

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http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-e...lay-007-bond-25-skyfall-spectre-a7832676.html

They've finally confirmed that Daniel Craig will be returning for the next movie, but I think it's safe to assume this will be his last time around (unless they pull up to his house with a couple dump trucks full of money). They recently made a point of saying that Tom Hiddleston won't be playing Bond (nothing against him, but that's alright with me), so what are your thoughts on who should be next?

My top choice is Tom Hardy, I think he has all the qualities needed to play a gentleman badass such as James Bond. I think he would fit in closer to Connery and Craig (my favorites) and less like Moore or Brosnan (nothing against them either). Michael Fassbender would be a good choice for a more suave approach, like Moore/Brosnan. But both those guys are in high demand these days, I seem to recall that Hardy had signed on to do 3 more Mad Maxs, that's quite a commitment

No polls, just interested in the discussion :thumb:
 
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Apparently they want Adele back to do the theme song for the next movie, sounds good to me, she did a great job on Skyfall, which I think is one of the better theme songs, up there with Live and Let Die and You Only Live Twice
 

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I heard Idris Elba is a front runner. I think he'd be good.

yeah, I guess that's true if the buzz is correct. He's certainly a fine actor, and I wouldn't hate to see him in that role...I'm not sure if can I fully express my thoughts on him playing Bond without sounding like a racist, there's nothing wrong with diversity in-and-of itself
 

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Someone not too well known I think. Some good actors could do it well but age gets in the way if they want to do it long term.

Dan Stevens I think could possibly do it in the future .
There is something bondish about him.

I've never been a Craig fan myself.
 

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If an American actor could do it, I would love to see Matt Bomer from White Collar as Bond.

I think he has it to be a good one and he is hot! :laugh2:

(Yeah I know he is gay but kissing women is only acting )
 

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Someone not too well known I think. Some good actors could do it well but age gets in the way if they want to do it long term.

true, and these days they really take their time making these movies, if they expect to sign someone on for a multi-movie deal, and not end up with a geezer, they need to pick someone fairly young

probably my one complaint about Daniels as Bond, in Casino Royale he was supposed to be a fresh, young upstart, 4 missions in and he's going gray :laugh2:
 
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If an American actor could do it, I would love to see Matt Bomer from White Collar as Bond.

I think he has it to be a good one and he is hot! :laugh2:

(Yeah I know he is gay but kissing women is only acting )

I could see him in the part, but passing off an American as Bond is going to be a hard sell
 

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yeah, I guess that's true if the buzz is correct. He's certainly a fine actor, and I wouldn't hate to see him in that role...I'm not sure if can I fully express my thoughts on him playing Bond without sounding like a racist, there's nothing wrong with diversity in-and-of itself

If cast, I don't think Mr. Elba would have been picked simply for the sake of diversity. I don't really think it would be akin to, "Hey, great idea! Ghostbusters with chicks!" He checks all the boxes for a good Bond, in my opinion. Number one, he's British. He's also a good looking, charismatic, suave son of a bitch. I can see him looking a lot more natural in a tux and an Aston Martin than say, Tom Hardy. That's not a knock on Tom Hardy, I just don't think the traits that make someone a good Mad Max are the same that make a good Bond.
 

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If cast, I don't think Mr. Elba would have been picked simply for the sake of diversity. I don't really think it would be akin to, "Hey, great idea! Ghostbusters with chicks!" He checks all the boxes for a good Bond, in my opinion. Number one, he's British. He's also a good looking, charismatic, suave son of a bitch. I can see him looking a lot more natural in a tux and an Aston Martin than say, Tom Hardy. That's not a knock on Tom Hardy, I just don't think the traits that make someone a good Mad Max are the same that make a good Bond.

I wasn't trying imply that casting him would be a "social justice" move. My point wasn't about looks either. Nor would I base my choice of Tom Hardy purely on his performance as Mad Max.

Besides looking natural in a tux and Aston Martin, what other James Bond traits does Hardy lack? I thought his character in "Inception" was as suave and charismatic as I expect from a James Bond. We also saw him shooting henchman while skiing down a mountain, how many Bond movies have a scene exactly like that? A couple of the top of my head. Watching him in that movie didn't require much imagination on my part to see him fitting in with the lineage of the previous Bonds we've had.

Again, I'm not against Elba. I know people were bitching about him being cast in the Dark Tower, but I have no preassociation with that book/movie so it doesn't mean anything to me. When I see that movie, I'll be going in completely fresh
 
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I wasn't trying imply that casting him would be a "social justice" move. My point wasn't about looks either. Nor would I base my choice of Tom Hardy purely on his performance as Mad Max.

Besides looking natural in a tux and Aston Martin, what other James Bond traits does Hardy lack? I thought his character in "Inception" was as suave and charismatic as I expect from a James Bond. We also saw him shooting henchman while skiing down a mountain, how many Bond movies have a scene exactly like that? A couple of the top of my head. Watching him in that movie didn't require much imagination on my part to see him fitting in with the lineage of the previous Bonds we've had.

Again, I'm not agaisnt Elba. I know people were bitching about him being cast in the Dark Tower, but I have no preassociation with that book/movie so it doesn't mean anything to me. When I see that movie, I'll be going in completely fresh

First of all brother, I hope you don't think I was suggesting any bigotry or any such crap about you. Not at all. I also think Mr. Hardy is a phenomenal actor, and maybe it's just my biases but I just don't picture him as James Bond. Of course I'm aware that he could very well be cast and make me eat my words as a superb Bond. I just see him more as a great character guy, on a par with Gary Oldman or John Malkovich for instance. Also, and I know this is shallow and ridiculous, but it would be kind of cool if the next Bond could stand next to a Bond girl while she is wearing heels. :laugh2:
 
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Kind of a dark horse, but I also think the guy who played young Magneto would be good.

EDIT: I just looked up young Magneto, and I see you mentioned him in the original post. Shows what I know. :laugh2:
 

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First of all brother, I hope you don't think I was suggesting any bigotry or anything such crap about you. Not at all. I also think Mr. Hardy is a phenomenal actor, and maybe it's just my biases but I just don't picture him as James Bond. Of course I'm aware that he could very well be cast and make me eat my words as a superb Bond. I just see him more as a great character guy, on a par with Gary Oldman or John Malkovich for instance. Also, and I know this is shallow and ridiculous, but it would be kind of cool if the next Bond could stand next to a Bond girl while she is wearing heels. :laugh2:

All good, I didn't get that sense, but I don't want to be taken the wrong way either.

I'm mostly biased towards Hardy, like I said, because he reminds me of the Bonds I've enjoyed in the past (not that I didn't enjoy the Brosnan ones I saw). I do think Fassbender would be a great too. In any case, as long as it's not Hiddleston... :laugh2:
 

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All good, I didn't get that sense, but I don't want to be taken the wrong way either.

I'm mostly biased towards Hardy, like I said, because he reminds me of the Bonds I've enjoyed in the past (not that I didn't enjoy the Brosnan ones I saw). I do think Fassbender would be a great too. In any case, as long as it's not Hiddleston... :laugh2:

Strangely enough, the movie that made me think Idris Elba would be a good James Bond was the freaking Jungle Book of all things. His voice as Sheer Khan was perfect. Slick, yet full of menace. Also, he demonstrated quite well in The Wire that he can definitely be intimidating in a street-meets-library kind of way. I want a Bond that seems like he could actually kill me, which is the main reason I like Daniel Craig.
 

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I think Craig's mission was to bring the character both back to that of the book, first and foremost. And in Casino he did just that. Equally important was, that franchise needed to attract a younger, more "current" audience - and that was accomplished with writing and Craig in the role.

Moving forward, they have to decide how they want the franchise to continue. This time around, it's probably much more important to choose the actor who will appeal to the widest possible audience. The boomers are going to drop off, eventually. It will get too "modern" for them. And, growing the new base will depend on an actor who can pull off the obvious filmmaking techniques that are required these days. The new generation does not want yarns. The films need to be packed with FX and "jaw dropping" stunts and cinematography.

So, the first film of the post-Craig era will need to catch and hold both audiences. It will not, however. My guess, without names, is that Barbara will go with someone much younger than we are used to seeing in the role. This will alienate the boomers to a certain extent. But, it could secure the younger audience for the remaining installments.

Long story short... expect a 20-something, pretty-boy in a film bathed in a large-scale, formula action based vehicle, much different from what we have come to expect from the Bond-formula films of the past.
 

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I'd love to see Elba take over. He's a great actor, period. But he's also tough, suave, handsome, etc. The guy who plays young Professor X would be a good choice. He's a remarkable actor, his movie Filth was a hoot.
 

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On Idris Elba being Bond, I'll say this as delicately as I could...No.
 

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