“The Power Of Fandom” – The GQ James Bond Poll Part 2

We just wrote about the power of fan’s voices on Social Media and their impact 6 days ago. Now, as of today, we have the result! The good news is, Luke Evans won in a tight, head to head race! This is a huge accomplishment since he was not on the original list of contenders, but a wildcard entry. His fans worked tirelessly until yesterday 6pm UK time, and waited anxiously for the result until this morning.
When Mr. Evans realized he had won, he tweeted a very sweet, personal message for his fandom, the people that had supported and voted for him, as a “Thank you”, and yes, they knew who he meant!

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“The power of fandom” tweeted by Luke Evans

That tweet was so warm, friendly and personal, it made all the previous work worthwhile!
The only thing that ruined this special moment for his Luketeers a bit, was how GQ had handled it. The writer for GQ, that had run and written for the GQ ‘Battle Of The Bonds ‘poll, a Mr. Max Williams, who can be found at his Twitter account @maxwykeham, has an interesting writing style. While I may enjoyed some clever remarks as witty and funny, I could interpret others as veiled insults or backhanded compliments. This morning the article about Luke Evans winning the poll was online for 1 hour before GQ Magazine even tweeted it! Fans were already congratulating Mr. Evans and each other until, finally, GQ officially made their announcement.

Congratulatin Tweet

Congratulation tweet created by @FrenchLuketeer on behalf of other fans

The second disappointment was the article that Mr. Williams had written for GQ Magazine. After all those hints at “Pride” and “proud” I don’t find his article very polite or professional. We all know what Luke Evans’ Wiki page says, there is really no need to repeat it 3 times in one paragraph just to maybe further one’s personal agenda. Don’t try to claim a celebrity as a poster child for your own purposes, that is not the right thing to do.

I am tired of political correctness. It shouldn’t matter if a person is black or white, male or female to become President Of The United States. We should just elect the best person for the job!
It also makes no difference if an actor is black or white, or what he does in his personal life. A studio should select, in an ideal world, an actor based on his talent and if he has the right look for the role! Luke Evans looks very much like a James Bond with his masculine, chiseled face. He has proven he can play not only dark roles, but he also stood next to Vin Diesel, who highly recommended him for the next James Bond, in front of cameras in the action movie ‘Fast & Furious 6’. So he is obviously well qualified. His personal life has nothing to do with it!

It is one thing what I write on my personal blog or what Mr. Williams writes for GQ Magazine. We just expected a magazine with a good reputation like that to be a little more classy.

To finish this story, we just saw an interesting article by Deadline Hollywood about auctioning off the rights to the next James Bond movie. Several studios like Warner, MGM and Paramount are part of the chase. It looks like it’s going to be a wild ride until the next studio and the next James Bond will team up, but we really hope that this James Bond poll put the name Luke Evans on people’s radars, and studios and agents are taking notice!

Who Should Play James Bond Next?

The question of who should play James Bond next is a burning one for fans of the spy franchise and without even knowing which studio will get the distribution rights, it’s one that at this point has no definitive answer. However, this doesn’t mean we can’t talk about it and imagine our favorite actor following in Daniel Craig’s footsteps.

As with anybody who has been cast as the suave 007, there will be controversy. Craig himself was not a popular choice with fans or previous James Bond’s, he was “too blonde” and “too old” for the role, however, he has proven his critics wrong and made the last three installments the most successful at the box office. Skyfall received several award nominations.

Now let’s take a look at who on Earth could replace the current James Bond, Daniel Craig. Almost all of them have expressed interest in the role (for good reason).

HENRY CAVILL

Henry Cavill as James Bond

Henry Cavill in The Man From U.N.C.L.E (Image via HenryCavill.org)

Of all the possible candidates, Henry Cavill was the one who has come closer to actually playing James Bond. In 2005 — when he was only 22 — he auditioned for the role, which he describes as “really painful” and almost landed the part.

However, studio executives thought he was too young at the time and the role went to Daniel Craig. Ten-years-later he is at the perfect age (32) and has a legion of fans who would love to see him play 007, but can this reconcile with his superhero image?

Henry is certainly fit enough and has the looks to play Bond. He even got a taste of playing a spy in his upcoming film The Man From U.N.C.L.E.. We wouldn’t complain if Henry Cavill was cast as James Bond.

RICHARD ARMITAGE

Richard Armitage as James Bond

Richard Armitage in Spooks (BBC)

This is an interesting possibility. Tall, dark, brooding, and such a fantastic actor. Richard Armitage is also the correct age and his credentials — while not of the blockbuster nature — speak for themselves. A theater trained actor, he recently blew audiences away in the stage production of The Crucible.

His best known role on the silver screen is that of Thorin Oakenshield, the leader of the dwarves in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy and oh, what a performance. Armitage is widely admired, not only by legions of adoring fans, but peers and directors as well for his work ethics and with reason. The deep, velvety voice doesn’t hurt either.

Richard Armitage, 43, is certainly at the right age and has the good looks and intensity to play James Bond. He has proven that he can carry a movie and is used to playing action roles. We will be able to admire his skills when he appears as the serial killer The Tooth Fairy/Red Dragon in NBC’s Hannibal. Oh and he also starred in Spooks as MI-5 agent Lucas North.

LUKE EVANS

Luke Evans as James Bond

Luke Evans in The Great Train Robbery (BBC)

Another interesting prospect, Luke Evans has expressed interest in the role of James Bond and is also used to playing very physical roles, which amount to the majority of his growing resume. Luke also came from theater, though in a different genre. Musical theater is his background and boy he can sing.

Singing is not required to play James Bond, but Luke Evans should be in any list of possible candidates. An actor who has proven he can undertake any role, and is ruggedly handsome (plus has that awesome Welsh accent) he specifically said that he would love the challenge of playing 007, while praising what Daniel Craig has done for the franchise.

“I think that’s a really good role. Daniel Craig has turned that role into something very special and as an actor of my age that would be a really great thing and I think the world needs a Welsh James Bond.”

In real life, Luke Evans is the epitome of fashion and can be seen at various events looking very dapper, which can easily be translated to the big screen.

TOM HIDDLESTON

Tom Hiddleston as James Bond

Tom Hiddleston via Jaguar France (YouTube)

We mostly know him as the villain Loki, from Thor and Avengers, but Tom Hiddleston is so much more than a baddie. Though many think he would be an excellent Bond villain, he also has the looks and talent to play the man himself.

He is British, which in our opinion is the basic requirement and he can act. Like the previous candidates, he comes from theater and has appeared in anything from superhero movies to Shakespearean characters with ease. Even though he’s a bit young, like Cavill, by the time the next James Bond movie is ready to go under production he would be ripe for the role.

JASON STATHAM

Jason Statham as James Bond

Jason Statham in Killer Elite (Open Road Films)

This action star cannot be discounted when talking about the next James Bond and Jason Statham recently expressed his interest in playing 007 when Daniel Craig retires. He “enthusiastically” told the Guardian that if he was ever offered the gig he would be up for it.

“Could I do it? Abso-f**king-lutely,” he said. “Would I do it? Abso-f**king-lutely.”

Statham also thinks that Daniel Craig has brought new energy to the role, but said that if he was cast as James Bond he would take on the Ian Fleming character in a “different” way.

“Yeah, I’d make a decent Bond,” Statham said. “But it’d be very, very different if I did it.”

MATTHEW MACFADYEN

Matthew Macfadyen as James Bond

Matthew Macfadyen in Spooks (BBC)

Mr. Darcy as James Bond? Not a bad possibility and according to the handsome Brit, he was approached by studio executives about playing 007.

“”Yes, they might have. I don’t know about Bond. It’s a weird one, isn’t it? It’s a bit camp. It would change your life.”

There are few that do brooding better than Matthew Macfadyen and he certainly has what it takes, although he’s not known for undertaking particularly physical roles. However, he has the talent and given the motivation Macfadyen could play the most famous spy of all time. Earlier in his career he starred as Tom Quinn — the original MI-5 agent — in the very popular spy series, Spooks, where he incidentally met his wife, Keeley Hawes.

Unfortunately, for fans, so far it doesn’t seem like Matthew Macfadyen is interested in having his life turned upside down by becoming James Bond, but never say never. Macfadyen is the personification of tall, dark, and broody on the big screen if not so in real life and we will have to wait and see if he can be convinced.

CHRISTIAN BALE

Christian Bale as James Bond

Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne in The Dark Knight (Warner Bros.)

Another Welsh would could very well take on the iconic role of James Bond, Christian Bale is a proven actor, and while not the handsome type, as many of those already listed, he has more than enough credentials to follow in Daniel Craig’s footsteps.

Bale is best known for playing Batman in Christopher Nolan’s trilogy, but has many, many films under his belt in an impressive filmography. What do you think of Christian Bale as James Bond?

GERARD BUTLER

Gerard Butler as James Bond

Gerard Butler in Olympus Has Fallen (Millennium Films)

He’s getting there in age and at 45 would be a bit old by the time Daniel Craig is done with James Bond, but Gerry Butler would do a nice 007. He has that perpetual smirk, which gives the impression he’s a bad boy and the ladies love him.

The handsome Scot got in a bit of hot water when he joked about being cast as 007. However, franchise producer Barbara Broccoli quickly dismissed the rumors and insisted that Pierce Brosnan (James Bond at the time) was the man for the foreseeable future.

IDRIS ELBA

Idris Elba as James Bond

Idris Elba in Luther (BBC)

The Internet was in an uproar when the infamous Sony hack revealed emails suggesting Idris Elba was being eyed to play James Bond. For his fans, it was music to their ears.

If you’ve ever seen Elba in action, you know he can act and in a variety of roles. He does brooding very well as he proved in Luther and was all over the place in the action film Pacific Rim. So why not? Not how many would picture James Bond, but it’s all about the acting chops, right?

Do you have a favorite actor in mind to play James Bond after Daniel Craig departs? Let us know in the comments. What do you think of our list?

[Image via EON Productions]

The Softer Side Of Social Media: The Moving Story Of Simon Skyfall

Simon Skyfall cancer

We have written previously about the down side of Social Media, and the reasons why an actor or director might leave Social Media altogether. But besides connecting an actor to his fans, there is also another, softer, more personal side to a Social Media platform like Twitter.

We recently connected with Simon Skyfall, “an actor, Equity member, Pilot, FSX nutter, lover of aviation, Arsenal fan, and lazy Writer.” Asked why he calls himself Simon Skyfall he explains on his website.

“As you can see from this screen shot of the 2013 massive James Bond hit film Skyfall, I was a supporting artist who was lucky enough to have been featured in three shots in the James Bond movie. That’s me with the goatee beard looking very serious, but inside I could not stop screaming ‘I’m in a James Bond film!'”

Simon Pal in Skyfall

Simon in James Bond film Skyfall

Simon was also featured in Gary Shore’s Dracula Untold alongside Luke Evans. He is a Pilot’s License Trainee and according to his Twitter page bio “Oh Yea nearly forgot, have cancer,never mind.” Born in England 1966, he was “given the wonderful 48th birthday present of being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.”

But instead of being negative he sees this as an opportunity to reach out to others, people in the same situation as himself, who need support. He is writing in his blog about his career, life, family, and his treatment to “get it out there as a part of my therapy to make sense of my life and my illness. Hope you don’t mind.”

Simon enjoys the support he receives from his followers on Twitter and writes on his blog, “Another thing that has really lifted up my spirits is the social media platform of Twitter. I have had such a fantastic response on this and have so many fabulous and caring followers its an absolute joy to use, so I really recommend you if you haven’t already to sign up and join in the fun, there are so many good, kind and warm hearted people out there you can connect to.”

Simon only tweeted yesterday about having been very ill, but all the kind follows and tweets really helped him to get through the day. One follower in particular put, according to him, “a massive smile on his face” through her hard work trying to get more people to follow this inspirational person! Even bad days like these make him “appreciate the good days far more; to fight to have more of them. It’s going 2 b ok”.

We were so impressed by his positive attitude that he kindly allowed us to share his story. “It would be a privilege and an honor to be a part of this and being able to help out.” To find out more about this amazing man and how he is taking his life one day at a time, take a look at his blog and follow him on Twitter to support his fight against cancer.

[Image via Simon Skyfall]