Sep 21, · The 'Man of Steel' actor's odds of being the new agent have been slashed following rumors about his Superman exit. Henry Cavill Eyed as Daniel Craig's Replacement for Next Author: Jennie Amelia. In , Henry Cavill came close to landing a dream part as James Bond – Casino Royale director Martin Campbell was keen for him to play Bond. In the end he was too young and lost out to Daniel Craig. “I obviously wasn’t right for Bond,” Henry admits now, secure that he gave it his all.
There have been rumors for years as to who the next James Bond will be, with Craig reported to have been ready to step away previously before signing on for the 25th Bond movie. Almost every British actor of note between the ages of has been linked with the role, although it's worth noting that the majority of rumors about who'll be the next James Bond come from the British tabloid newspapers, which means some do need to be taken with a shaker full of salt. Continue scrolling to keep reading Click the button below to start this article in quick view.
Damian Lewis, 48, falls into that category too. Richard Madden Ever since Bodyguard blew up last year, becoming a huge hit on both sides of the Atlantic, Richard Madden has been a strong contender to be the next James Bond. Those rumors really started ramping up towards the end of last year, with talk that Madden was set to be offered the role of Bond, while Matthew Vaughn has said he'd be up for directing a Bond movie if the Game of Thrones ' star was its lead.
Looking back at Madden's filmography, it's not hard to see why he'd make such a great choice. It was in Bodyguard that Madden truly wowed though. As Police Sargeant David Budd, an army vet with PTSD, he showcased an incredible dramatic range and ability to play a haunted serviceman that would lend itself well to a new James Bond. He's the bookies' favorite, the right age 33 to make the role his own for over a decade, and is seemingly a perfect fit for Playing the lead role of Ross Poldark, Turner already displays many of the same qualities required to play the next Bond.
He's handsome, charismatic, and charming, but also not afraid to shake things up when necessary. The Hobbit allowed him to engage in some swashbuckling action, Being Human proved he can brood with the best of them, and in Poldark season 5 he's set to become a spy, which sounds like an audition to be James Bond.
Now 36, Cavill is the right age for the part, which is reflected in him being among the regular names mentioned, but he also has the experience and talent to go with it. Impossible - Fallout , plus just about any image of him in a tux, and you've got the recipe for a great James Bond.
James Bond Movies In Order: The film puts Lowden through one hell of an ordeal, and he nails the harrowing experience. He's proved himself capable of playing soldiers and British gents alike, but almost always with a veneer of vulnerability to him that would make for a very compelling James Bond to build across a series of movies.
Tom Hardy Although Tom Hardy is the oldest actor featured here - he is somehow years-old - he still deserves to be right in the frame to be the next James Bond , because his performances over the last decade or so generally befit that of a much younger man, meaning he'd have no trouble playing Bond into his early 50s.
But more than that is the fact that Hardy is one of the finest talents of his generation, which is why he's always linked not just to James Bond, but any major franchise role up for grabs. The best thing about Tom Hardy is that he could be just about any type of Bond. He can be straight-up charming and suave, an animalistic brute, a complete weirdo, or anything in between. Action, romance, comedy, thriller - he can do it all, which Bond should, they just need to get a move on in making it happen.
The Outsiders While the actors outlined so far represent some of the commonly mentioned frontrunners and favorites for the role, there are plenty of other actors who should be in the running to be the next James Bond , but their names aren't mentioned quite so often or as popular with the bookmakers. Yesterday Shows Why Danny Boyle Is Better Without James Bond Daniel Kaluuya has shown a great mix of comedy, action, and sheer intensity that would make for a great James Bond, while Nic Hoult would be a good fit for playing a charming take on the character, but with the ability to go all out when the time comes.
Dan Stevens is another in that mold, as seen in The Guest and Legion. They're all outsiders as things stand, but would all do a great job of being the next James Bond.
He likes younger women a little too much Getty Images In , Cavill's girlfriend, Tara King, was 13 years younger than him—and she couldn't even drink legally stateside! When asked about his barely legal love, he explained to Elle, "People say age is just a number. It's actually real and true sign of someone's maturity. But in this case, she's fantastic. When I met my girlfriend, I was super intimidated. I wanted to impress her.
You're a movie star. She's a college student. The only risk of immaturity may be Cavill's own: Think along those lines, but even older. His last girlfriend was pretty sketchy Getty Images Cavill's last girlfriend before King, Marisa Gonzalo, didn't seem like a match for the actor at all.
Cavill is a self-proclaimed and well-documented animal lover, and Gonzalo, well, likes to post pictures of herself posing with animals she killed hunting. Celebrity Dirty Laundry reports that Gonzalo frequently leaked photos of her excursions with Cavill, and that the pair met at a Michigan gym while he was filming in the area. Once Cavill got wind of Gonzalo spilling on their affair to press, he called it quits on the relationship. The tough but conflicted but fragile but dutiful thing is solid Bond training, and Madden's silence on the subject feels more like a 'something is about to happen' kind of silence than a 'nothing is about to happen' void.
Had Ahmed been in the running in , he might have been considered just a bit too interesting and outspoken for the part, but whether it's on Twitter or via his music with Swet Shop Boys or as Riz MC, he's always been an intelligent and considered voice in conversations about representation in TV and film and as such would be exactly the right guy to play the first Bond of colour.
If anyone could show that Bond can move with the times and, if necessary, sit down the kind of baby-men who'd freak out at the idea of a Muslim Bond with a combo of grace and righteous force, he can.
He might have the time now the Avengers saga is being rounded off too. Daniel Kaluuya Getty Images For some reason, nobody's really talking about Kaluuya as an outside shout for Bond at the minute, but all the ingredients are there.
Between Sicario, Black Panther, Widows and Get Out, he's got both critical clout and action chops, as well as being exactly the kind of famous-but-not-mega-mega-famous actor who generally gets the gig. When the idea of being Bond was put to him by the Hollywood Reporter he dodged it admirably: I need to know the odds first, 'cause I need a new kitchen.
On top of that, prospective Bonds are meant to have a winking, chase-me-chase-me coyness when anyone asks them about being Bond. Three reasons Henry Cavill would be good for the James Bond franchise It would clarify that Bond is a rotating identity: No other performers could be nearly as cool and broodingly suave as Cavill.
It would give Henry Cavill a chance to play a lover, as well as a fighter. Henry Cavill! Is it some kind of a joke? But think about it: Cavill has always been a skilled actor.