Even before the release of “No Time To Die,” rumors began to circulate regarding who would be the next James Bond. So far, the performers who have performed this beloved role have managed to exude captivating confidence while displaying wicked charisma. James Bond is supposed to be a hardened agent who is willing to go to any length for his nation. The next 007 will be a British male of any ethnicity, according to Barbara Broccoli, a long-time producer of the James Bond films. Bond needs to be played by someone who can marry Ian Fleming’s vision of the renowned spy with contemporary elegance, given his decades-long reputation.
Idris Elba and Tom Hiddleston are two of the most prominent figures in this debate. Elba has proven his ability to play a flawed man with an obstinate temperament in films like “Luther” and “Bastille Day,” making him a perfect fit for the role. He recently signed a spy film, so he’s still a strong contender to portray Bond.
Hiddleston isn’t all that dissimilar from prior Bond performers. He is without a doubt one of Hollywood’s most talented actors, but is he the perfect candidate for Bond? Sure, he’s suave, his eyes may be deceiving, his comedic timing is exceptional, and I can picture him nailing every action scene, but Daniel Craig has already given us his fair share. Hiddleston is already committed to his role as Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so he might not want to join another franchise.
More British heartthrobs like Game of Thrones’ Richard Madden, The Witcher’s Henry Cavill, and Venom’s Tom Hardy are next in line. These are all well-known actors who, if they were to portray Bond, would be right at home. I assume they’ll all take on Bond’s famous pensive expression. If I had to choose, however, I would go with Henry Cavill. He was fantastic in the Superman films, but his portrayal of Geralt in “The Witcher” blew me away. Watching an adaptation is always unsettling for a bookworm. Cavill’s acting demonstrated his dedication to the part, as he seemed to pay close attention to every aspect. He is someone who can convert into the character’s subtle peculiarities and bring them to life.
Given that the character of James Bond evolves with each new Bond film to fit the narrative of the time, it’s wise to avoid the obvious possibilities.
Dev Patel, Henry Golding, and Riz Ahmed are all excellent candidates for the role of James Bond in this new century. Patel has come a long way since his days on the adolescent drama “Skins.” He has the proper instruments to offer us the dichotomy of rawness and control, but I’m not convinced he has the gravitas we need. Golding, on the other hand, is a master of non-committal humor who always manages to turn heads when he walks into a room. Ahmed is a fantastic performer who I can easily envision as the unstoppable and wisecracking hero, expertly managing weaponry.
There has been no talk of a woman taking over the role of James Bond, and Daniel Craig himself has stated that it is preferable to write a new story for women rather than forcing Bond’s storyline on them. As a result, may the best guy triumph.