Who should play the next MI6 regulars?

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  • Unknown007Unknown007 Posts: 186MI6 Agent
    edited October 2021

    How about either Patrick Stewart or John Cleese playing M, Yes I know Cleese has already played Q (or R), Another suggestion would be transfer Rory Kinnear from Tanner to play Q? His late great Father the Comic actor Roy Kinnear would have been a great Q?

  • chrisno1chrisno1 LondonPosts: 2,057MI6 Agent

    Could we introduce Q'ute ?

  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,975MI6 Agent

    Some think the next Bond and MI6 regulars (other than M) will be fairly young to appeal to a younger demographic. I'm not sure it's that easy, but it could be interesting. Not very young, but about 30 and not 40-50.

  • chrisno1chrisno1 LondonPosts: 2,057MI6 Agent

    I'd give Mark Bonnar a shout as M. He's a Scot, he's fifty odd years old and he has a long and variable career on TV. Very good in Shetland and Guilt. I think a Scottish M would a class idea.


  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,975MI6 Agent
    edited October 2021

    It's probably stunt casting and she's most likely far too famous, but I still like the idea of Maisie Williams as Miss Moneypenny. Maybe it's the type of casting the franchise needs to feel relevant for people under thirty and even younger? She's 24 now, seen as clearly talented and in my opinion just the type to play Moneypenny.

  • chrisno1chrisno1 LondonPosts: 2,057MI6 Agent

    Hmm, interesting idea. You just jogged my memory. With a Scottish M in Mark Bonnar, how about a cockney secretary in Maisie Smith. She's even got Lois Maxwell's red hair, and by the time Bond 26 is out, she'll be in her mid-20s, perfect age for Moneypenny.


  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,975MI6 Agent
    edited January 31

    LaKeith Stanfield (30) seems like a good candidate for Felix Leiter. He's no star, but I've seen his name on lists of up and coming talent. He was in "Get Out!", "Snowden", "Straight Outa Compton" (as Snoop), "Knives out", "Selma", "The girl in the spider's web" and many other movies. He is nominated for a best supporting actor Oscar for his work in "Judas and the black messiah".

    I think we get an idea of what his Felix can be like, he plays a NSA agent in "The girl in the spider's web".

  • Smiert-SpionamSmiert-Spionam Posts: 311MI6 Agent

    Would love to see these in the next Bond film:

    Gary Oldman - M

    Rahul Kohli - Q

    Pedro Pascal - Felix

    Sophie Turner - Moneypenny

    Smiert Spionam
  • HowardBHowardB USAPosts: 2,679MI6 Agent

    Iain Glen would make a very good M. I wonder if folks around here are aware that Glen actually is currently playing Batman in the DC TV series Titans ? Glen is actually quite good as an older, semi-retired Batman who is now basically a mentor to a bunch of young super heroes.....sort of like a Super Hero M in fact. Sir Anthony Hopkins would be a great M also if the producers could resist creating more for him to do than necessary.

    Truth be told there are so many great actors from the UK who are not particularly well known (especially stage actors) who could be cast as M, Moneypenny, Q, etc. I would also like to see a return to those characters being less involved.

  • Gassy ManGassy Man USAPosts: 2,961MI6 Agent

    Assuming they actually start over, I’d expect them to match the rest of the cast to whoever is playing Bond.

    So, let’s say they go with a younger White male, like Robert Pattinson or Timothy Chalamet. M could easily be Chiwetel Ejiofor and Moneypenny Maisie Richardson-Sellers. Q could be Anjli Mohindra or Gemma Chan, both to finally bring someone of Asian descent into the regular fold and to support the tired stereotypes about Asians and tech the entertainment industry loves. Only she’d be a lot hipper and less comic relief, a kind of role model for women in STEM. She might be LGBT because more recently it’s become vogue to make Asian characters so and get a diversity two-fer or in this case, a three-fer.

    If they reboot the next Bond films, I can almost guarantee they will skew to a younger audience, make the films louder and faster, and emphasize flashy tech and glitzy locales. It will not be gritty in the same way Craig’s films were but a weird amalgam of youthful fantasy and what is perceived as social relevance. Lots of jump cuts, JJ Abrams-like lens flares, and nods to retro, like muscle cars and nostalgic music. In other words, continue the move away from traditional Bond films and toward seething more mainstream to cast the audience net wide.

  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,975MI6 Agent
    edited November 2021

    What I like about your Scooby Gang suggestions is their moderate fame compared to the previous group. I liked Craig's Scooby Gang a lot, but they were so famous they needed more screen time than what I'd like. But even if the next Bond is white I don't think all of off the MI6 regulars will be non-white. Some of them will be, but not all of them in my opinion. I don't think the sexual orientation of the actors or characters should matter because I don't think the movies should spend time on it. I don't care who M is married to or who Moneypenny dates.

    I hope you're wrong about the style of future Bond movies. I think EON will pander to younger audiences, but not by using jump cuts and lense flares. Instead I suspect they'll use a younger cast (Bond in his early 30s, most of the regulars in their twenties) and younger artists for the title song like Billie Eilish.

  • MFisherMFisher Posts: 729MI6 Agent

    I'd love to see Cumberbatch as Q.... And agree that the stories need to harken back to Fleming... Make Bond - Bond again...

  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,975MI6 Agent

    In my opinion Cumberbatch is far too famous. He'll require his own "arch" in every movie.

  • MFisherMFisher Posts: 729MI6 Agent

    Oh there's no doubt Cumberbatch is too big for the role.... but he could really pull off the intensely intelligent but quirky role.. definitely not a realistic wish.. but a fun idea.

  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,975MI6 Agent

    True.

  • MFisherMFisher Posts: 729MI6 Agent

    Hell in a perfect world... if I could choose anyone... do anything... I'd have

    Michael Caine as M

    Cumberbatch as Q

    (don't kill me - but I loved him in The Night Manager) but Hiddleston as Bond

    and the series would reboot back to the 50's / 60's and stick VERY close to the original novels...

  • OperationGrandSlamOperationGrandSlam Posts: 1MI6 Agent

    I think Idris Elba is a great shout to play M and one I hadn’t considered until I read it here.

    I do consider Ralph Fiennes as M to be one of the bright spots of the Craig era though and continuing in that vein I’d suggest Colin Firth, but I acknowledge it seems unlikely.

    I’d like to see Jodie Comer as Moneypenny.

    I haven’t given any thought to Q but as suggested here I think Dev Patel would work, as would Nicholas Hoult sticking with the Skins theme.

    Bond himself is a tough one. I’ve heard talk of Henry Cavill and could also see Tom Ellis as a possible fit.

    You’ve had your six.

  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,975MI6 Agent
    edited November 2021

    Phoebe Waller-Bridge as Miss Moneypenny? She's an actress and she can write herself some great lines.

  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,975MI6 Agent
    edited November 2021

    Or Sally Hawkins as Moneypenny? I'm watching "The shape of water" where she plays the female lead and she displays such charm and intelligence. She was also in the Paddington movies.

    If one wants a female Q (and why not? We had a great female M) I think Hawkins can be very good in that role. Q was never defined by his masculinity or sexuality. I don't think Felix Leiter works as a woman, because he's an ex-marine Bond drinks and chases women with. Miss Moneypenny has Miss in her name and may have a secret crush on Bond, so no. To state the obvious, James Bond is a man. But I think Q could work as a woman. We've seen Q as an old and as a young man, but I think the part is the one most suitable for a big change. Q could be played by someone decending from India, but I think a woman is more interesting. Comments?

  • RevelatorRevelator Posts: 410MI6 Agent

    John Gardner gave us Q'ute, so anything is possible.

  • chrisno1chrisno1 LondonPosts: 2,057MI6 Agent

    I've said many times I'd love a Q'ute

  • mynameisbond007mynameisbond007 Posts: 68MI6 Agent

    Liam Neeson as M, Emilia Clarke as Moneypenny, maybe Matt Smith as Q (if they’re going down the young and bit nerdy route again, I think Taron Edgerton would be good too), Jim Caviziel as Felix Leiter

  • mynameisbond007mynameisbond007 Posts: 68MI6 Agent

    Forgot James Bond himself, Henry Cavill or Dan Stevens for me, I’m not keen on Tom Hardy . Idris would have been fantastic but unfortunately he’s too old now

  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,975MI6 Agent

    I don't want big stars to play the Scooby Gang, with the possible exception of M. Craig's group was very good, but I suspect they got that much screentime because they're so well known. I don't know how much of a household name Sally Hawkins is, but my impression is that most people outside of the UK don't know her by name. That's the type I want.

  • RevelatorRevelator Posts: 410MI6 Agent

    Agreed. Getting big stars is what saddled us with the concept of the Scooby gang too. I hope they go back to hiring lesser-known character actors and therefore feel less obliged to feature them at Bond's expense. Bond should be a lone wolf--he might have an occasional sidekick like Leiter and occasionally make use of a squad of muscle to storm a stronghold (TB and OHMSS)--but anything more is reduces the appeal of one of the cinema's great individualists. We can get workplace ensemble casts from plenty of other shows and films.

  • Royale-les-EauxRoyale-les-Eaux LondonPosts: 658MI6 Agent

    In my perfect scenario Damian Lewis would enter the cinematic Bond world - he loves the character and series, has been involved in audiobooks and events and so on. As he has aged out of being the first ginger Bond, he would make a wonderful M - or recurring man from the Ministry (or Mr Axelrod from the Treasury! 😁)...he could also show Q how to deal with people who barge in when you've got you're kitchen apron on!


  • walther p99walther p99 NJPosts: 3,417MI6 Agent

    I had not thought of her as Moneypenny until this. I think she would be perfect for the role.

  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 19,975MI6 Agent

    Waller-Bridge is my favourite to play Moneypenny at the moment. But I'm watching the excelent "The Father" (2020) right now and I wouldn't mind it if Imogen Poots got the role.

  • StrangewaysStrangeways London, UKPosts: 1,468MI6 Agent
    edited November 2021

    Wow.....so much here to comment on. Here goes.

    Firstly, I definitely want the regulars back in Bond26 and not as some have suggested have them missing like in CR and QOS - although Tanner was in QOS, was he also in CR played by Tobias Menzies??

    Idris Elba as M is a great shout. He is just too old to play Bond now.

    Please please don't have Stephen Fry as Q or Gillian Anderson as M. Fry played the Q character in Stormbreaker and Anderson played the M character in one of the Johnny English films.

    Moneypenny as a man would be good.

    😊

  • Royale-les-EauxRoyale-les-Eaux LondonPosts: 658MI6 Agent

    ha...yes, people complaining about the MI6 team getting too much screen time...tell that to Villiers!


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