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]

British Actors Who Are Not On Twitter (or Facebook) — But Fans Love Anyway

British actors not on Twitter

Previously we came up with a list of British actors who we are lucky enough to have on Twitter, however, there are many more who still haven’t joined social media and don’t have immediate plans to do so, but fans love anyway. Here are a few of them.

HENRY CAVILL

Henry Cavill

Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of Steel (Warner Bros.)

Superman has stated he does not plan to join social media, as much as his fans would love him to and he may be saving the internet from crashing if he ever joins.

With the new Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the follow up to his Man of Steel, coming next year, Henry is sure to be on the spotlight once again. In the meantime we can follow all his new projects including The Man From U.N.C.L.E. which opens in theaters later this summer on one of his many fan sites.

MATTHEW MACFADYEN

Matthew Macfadyen

Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice 2005 (Focus Feature)

Ah, if only Mr. Darcy was on social media…but Matthew Macfadyen is simply not the type to self-promote and talk about himself on Twitter or Facebook. Even though he has suggested he does use a computer for personal reasons and has preteens, the social media bug hasn’t bitten the quiet Brit.

As with Cavill above, if Macfadyen would ever join any site, the hotness would surely melt many computer screens. In the meantime a good place to follow all the happenings in his career are our good friends @pandp2005 on Twitter. They will keep you up-to-date on everything Matthew Macfadyen.

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH

Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch as Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness (Paramount Pictures)

This is one of THE hottest British actors at the moment and things for Ben are going great on the professional and personal level. He has starred in more films that we can keep up with (check his IMDB profile) and topped it all with an Oscar nomination for his role as Alan Turing in Imitation Game.

His fandom, who call themselves the “Cumberbitches,” would love nothing more than to have the object of their obsession on Twitter, but so far it hasn’t happened. He could also break the site with his presence. He is one to watch for sure, a rising star in every sense of the word.

EDDIE REDMAYNE

Eddie Redmayne

Eddie Redmayne as Jack in The Pillars of the Earth (Tandem Communications)

Here is another Brit who has made it to Hollywood and we are happy to have him. Eddie Redmayne — a film, television, and stage actor — has been steadily rising in notoriety on the big screen and he made a big splash in 2014.

Redmayne took home the Academy Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, BAFTA, and Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. We expect to have many more memorable roles from Eddie in the future and maybe someday he will join Twitter.

KIT HARINGTON

Kit Harington

Kit Harington as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones (HBO)

Jon Snow in Game of Thrones used to have a Facebook account, but in 2014 decided to do away with it, because he was tired of mindlessly looking at people’s timelines. What?

Don’t hold your breath that Kit will join Twitter either, one of the reasons is the urge to tweet after too much drinking and he confessed, “I’m a (bleeping) idiot when I’m drunk.”

MARTIN FREEMAN

Martin Freeman

Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit Trilogy (Image via Peter Jackson)

Can you imagine if Watson was on Twitter? Martin is one of the funniest British actors out there and we are sure he would be hilarious if he was on social media.

However, just like his Sherlock co-star, Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin has no presence on social media. What a waste, but we still love him.

JJ FEILD

JJ Feild

JJ Feild as Major John Andre in TURN (AMC)

Now JJ Feild is an interesting case. He is mostly known for his period drama roles in England, but not widely familiar to American audiences, until this year.

The very handsome American-born Brit has been acting since 1999 and has a long list of films under his belt, but people have paid more attention to his Major John Andre (who couldn’t?) in the AMC series, TURN: Washington’s Spies. If you haven’t met him, give him a chance, you won’t be disappointed.

CHARLIE HUNNAM

Charlie Hunnam

Charlie Hunnam as Jax in Sons of Anarchy (FOX)

The Sons of Anarchy hunk was at one point cast as Christian Grey, the sexy, twisted billionaire from Fifty Shades of Grey, but that didn’t come to pass.

Even though Charlie is super excited to be a big star, he really doesn’t care about the notoriety part of the business, as he told ET Online, “I don’t really engage in social media, and I don’t really watch the news or read newspapers so I haven’t been too cognizant of exactly what the reaction has been.”

THEO JAMES

Theo James

Theo James as Four in Divergent (Summit Entertainment)

The Divergent star was largely unknown before being cast opposite Shailene Woodley in the Veronica Roth film adaptations. Now millions know who he is.

“I don’t have it and I never will. Other actors I know are really good at it and they rock and roll it, but it’s not for me.” Theo told Flaunt magazine about Twitter and Facebook earlier this year. How sad for his fans.

CHRISTIAN BALE

 

Christian Bale

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

The Dark Knight doesn’t need any introductions after reviving the iconic comics character in Christopher Nolan’s trilogy, but you will not find him on social media either.

Maybe it’s because he’s known to have a temper and oh, the things that come out of his mouth sometimes.

There are countless more British actors — they seem to grow under rocks everywhere — but these are only a few of the hottest names in showbiz that you will not find on Twitter or Facebook. Do you follow a favorite British actor who is not on social media? Let us know on the space below.

[Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, Image via BBC]

Actors Doing Period Dramas Need To Hit The Gym These Days

Period dramas physicality

If you’re an actor interested in doing period drama roles you better be prepared to hit the gym and get a six pack.

Why, you ask? It’s simple really, because movie studios are doing steamier and steamier period dramas which usually means the lead male character will be expected to go shirtless and beyond, at some point. Same applies to the females, by the way.

Take the hit period drama Poldark, starring Aidan Turner (The Hobbit). Women all over the world are swooning at the sight of the bare chested, handsome British actor and the show’s ratings are through the roof.

Aidan Turner in Poldark

Aidan Turner in ‘Poldark’ (Image via Mammoth Screen)

For Matthew Macfadyen, a.k.a. Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, the movie adaptation of the period drama, it is something that comes with the territory, but that doesn’t mean the quiet thespian would necessarily agree to show his not-so-fit bare torso.

You see, director Joe Wright really had to pitch his decision to cast the tall, broody actor to Universal Studios, since he was not quite what they were looking for. Wright argued that he wasn’t looking for a “pretty boy” to play the role of the Jane Austen hero, he wanted a “proper manly man…Matthew’s a great big hunk of a guy.”

Audiences loved Macfadyen — except the Colin Firth loyal fans — but the notion that an 18th century man would have a six-pack is far fetched. Sure they were in shape because it was a much more physical time, but the definition you see in Turner for example, is the result of today’s gyms, Macfadyen tells Radio Times.

“Darcy would have been quite fit because he rode horses and all that stuff, but if I ripped off my shirt to show a six-pack…well, that’s a gym thing.”

“You do the deal and then the personal trainer gets in touch. When I see it on screen, it immediately smacks of vanity because I know what’s happened – they’ve been doing crunches, 50,000 press-ups before breakfast and a character in a period drama wouldn’t have done that.”

Richard Armitage as Guy of Gisborne in Robin Hood

Richard Armitage as Guy of Gisborne in Robin Hood.

Transforming their bodies to get physically fit is nothing new, but studios seem to be taking it to the extreme in recent years and it’s not just limited to period dramas. The perfect example are all the superhero movies hitting the big screen lately. Have you seen those muscles?

And while Pride and Prejudice opened a lot of doors for Matthew Macfadyen and he appreciated Joe Wright staunch defense, it’s not his thing and others agree. Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington — who has a legion of female fans thanks to his shirtless fight scenes — says actors don’t necessarily want to be looked at as sexual objects.

“To always be put on a pedestal as a hunk is slightly demeaning. It really is and it’s in the same way as it is for women.”

When you see a period drama that stars a good looking, ripped actor, you know that they spent countless hours in the gym and are most likely eating like rabbits.

[Image via Focus Feature]