How Old Would a "Young" James Bond Be?
Ever since Daniel Craig was announced as the next James Bond in 2005, people have argued about whether he was too old for the role.
A lot of the controversy centered around Craig's real age, not whether he could convincingly play a man several years younger than himself. It didn't help that Craig looked his real age IMO, but we often give a pass to actors in their 20s, for instance, portraying teenagers.
But stirring up that old argument ISN'T the point of this thread!
As we get ready for an eventual announcement of the the next actor to play Bond, I've started to wonder how young the character could plausibly be.
Others here know the fictional biography far better than I, but just doing the rough math...he graduated from Cambridge, enlisted in the Royal Navy, rose to the rank of commander (or was the rank awarded to him later as an honorific?), and served at least a while in the regular SIS before being promoted to 00 status. During this time he learned how to pilot just about any aircraft, scuba dive, and become an expert driver trained in evasion, defense, and pursuit.
Could a person accomplish all that before the age of 30? Obviously there's nothing realistic about James Bond, so let's confine ourselves to the remotely plausible. What's the minimum age you would accept?