No, Please Not Another ‘Next Bond’ Article!

I am so sorry! Not only is this our 3rd article in the past year about the possible choices to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond, but we are getting bombarded lately from all sides with similar write-ups. I myself am getting tired of reading basically the same article, with the same list of contenders, over and over again! If you read one, you read them all. Are journalists copying each other now?

Then there is the fan casting, like by scatronixx …this is not how things work! You find an actor that fits the role, not the other way around. The character of James Bond, that Ian Fleming created, is a white British male. Just because of all that talk about “white washing” in Hollywood, we don’t have to use political correctness in casting. Aside from the fact that Idris Elba is too old, if you want a black agent, why not do a spin-off with a black 006? If you want a female spy, why not revamp ‘Emma Peel’, or cast a woman as 004? That way everybody is happy. But let James be James, not Jane.

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There were some funny reactions to ‘Jane Bond’ on Twitter. One guy suggested that in exchange for a female Bond we should re-think some female characters as well. He has a valid point, sounds only fair to me. So how about a ‘Cinderfella’? Other suggestions were ‘Sleeping Beau’, ‘Pocahoncho” or ‘Mark Poppins’. Our kids will be so confused! I have no issues with casting gays, lesbians, transgender actors, or any other color of that rainbow, as long as they play their characters true to their original story. Don’t mess with my childhood memories!

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Then there are jokes and rumors like Theo James being confirmed as the next James Bond. That article originated from a site that added the disclaimer:” All stories on this site are satire and the opinions expressed do not belong to any real people.” I guess nobody bothered to read to the very end?

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I think Vanity Fair is correct in saying the next Bond will not be who you expect, according to an interview with Sam Mendes who directed the last two James Bond movies, and is exiting the franchise. For example Tom Hiddleston is a great actor, but too charming and boyish, he does not have that “dangerous” vibe. I love Henry Cavill, but James Bond can’t be confused on screen with Superman. Tom Hardy is a bit too rough around the edges. Jamie Bell would have to wear elevator shoes, or have very petite Bond girls, as he is only 5’7″short.”Kinky Boots” anybody? Again, Idris Elba is not only too old with 44, since most 00-agents retire at age 45, he also has his own franchise “The Dark Tower”, and James Bond is not a man of color.

It will be entirely up to Barbara Broccoli to select her next agent. It might be a fresh and new face, or an up-and-coming actor, who is just starting to get more and more name recognition, like Luke Evans. I just can’t imagine anybody who is already too well known as another character, or too closely linked to another franchise.

In any case, if they cast a woman or Mickey Mouse as the next Bond, it might really be the ‘Last Bond’!

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

 

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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]