Poll: Who would you like to be the next James Bond in Bond 26?

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  • Matt SMatt S Oh Cult Voodoo ShopPosts: 6,529MI6 Agent
    I have seen Turner do it all. He reminds me of Dalton and I think he can do everything I have seen Dalton do as Bond, but he has the charm of Brosnan. I think he’s too obvious for Bond. Despite Craig being a non traditional Bond, I don’t think the next Bond will go back to a traditional Bond. I think they may go for another unexpected choice. Turner is just too much like Bond. If they are looking for a traditional Bond, I could see him failing a bedroom screentest. He’d be a great literary Bond, though, similar to Dalton.
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  • Miles MesservyMiles Messervy Posts: 1,575MI6 Agent
    Matt S wrote:
    I have seen Turner do it all. He reminds me of Dalton and I think he can do everything I have seen Dalton do as Bond, but he has the charm of Brosnan. I think he’s too obvious for Bond. Despite Craig being a non traditional Bond, I don’t think the next Bond will go back to a traditional Bond. I think they may go for another unexpected choice. Turner is just too much like Bond. If they are looking for a traditional Bond, I could see him failing a bedroom screentest. He’d be a great literary Bond, though, similar to Dalton.

    I agree with all of this. I want to see a return to the literary Bond - because for me that is the best Bond - and I think Turner is the best choice for that. He is fantastic in Poldark and has shown a lot of range while playing that character. But sadly, Matt is correct. They will try to do something bold and different because they (wrongly) think that’s what keeps the series relevant. They always have the most success, even in the Craig era, when they stick closest to Fleming.
  • CheverianCheverian Posts: 1,127MI6 Agent
    HowardB wrote:
    Turner reminds me of a shorter, muscled-up version of Timothy Dalton. Turner has screen presence, charisma and appears to do action very well. I don't know if he can do the sardonic wit part which I'd like to see return....and he may be considered too old by the time Bond 26 rolls around. With regards to many of these younger actors who have been mentioned, boyishly handsome is never going to cut it for Bond IMO.....and some of these guys, no matter how many hours they spend in the gym pumping up their biceps and six pack abs......just look too soft to me.

    I also fear Turner will be considered too old by the time the preproduction for Bond 26 rolls around.

    That's the problem with trying to cast an actor even several years in the future. There are young guys who are unknown who will likely be in the running and favorites who will be deemed past their primes (if the goal is signing someone to do 3+ films).

    And the comment about softness really resonates with me. It's not a question of whether an actor can get ripped. It's more how he carries himself, his voice, his confidence.
  • Matt SMatt S Oh Cult Voodoo ShopPosts: 6,529MI6 Agent
    Cheverian wrote:
    HowardB wrote:
    Turner reminds me of a shorter, muscled-up version of Timothy Dalton. Turner has screen presence, charisma and appears to do action very well. I don't know if he can do the sardonic wit part which I'd like to see return....and he may be considered too old by the time Bond 26 rolls around. With regards to many of these younger actors who have been mentioned, boyishly handsome is never going to cut it for Bond IMO.....and some of these guys, no matter how many hours they spend in the gym pumping up their biceps and six pack abs......just look too soft to me.

    I also fear Turner will be considered too old by the time the preproduction for Bond 26 rolls around.

    That's the problem with trying to cast an actor even several years in the future. There are young guys who are unknown who will likely be in the running and favorites who will be deemed past their primes (if the goal is signing someone to do 3+ films).

    And the comment about softness really resonates with me. It's not a question of whether an actor can get ripped. It's more how he carries himself, his voice, his confidence.

    I agree with this, The fact that people are still talking about people like Idris Elba for Bond shows how wrong most people are when not looking far enough ahead for the potential of the next Bond. At this point the next Bond needs to some someone born in the 1980s, if not the 1990s. The 1990s really might be what is needed for the next Bond to grab a new crowd of people. This is the new audience Bond needs, and someone born in the 1980s might even be too old to get a young audience. We might see the largest age gap between consecutive Bonds. Though there are almost two decades between Moore and Dalton.
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  • Miles MesservyMiles Messervy Posts: 1,575MI6 Agent
    I think for a 2025 release, circa 1990 is probably the cutoff for the birth year of the new Bond. If the film comes out before that, it could back up into the late 1980s, but I think going younger is a good idea. We haven’t had a Bond in his 20s since Lazenby. It could be a way to “refresh” things without getting too controversial. Especially after an era that has not only featured an older Bond, but also plots constantly reminding us how old and washed up he is!
  • CharlesRobinsonCharlesRobinson Posts: 53MI6 Agent
    I think for a 2025 release, circa 1990 is probably the cutoff for the birth year of the new Bond. If the film comes out before that, it could back up into the late 1980s, but I think going younger is a good idea. We haven’t had a Bond in his 20s since Lazenby. It could be a way to “refresh” things without getting too controversial. Especially after an era that has not only featured an older Bond, but also plots constantly reminding us how old and washed up he is!
    I like Turner, he would be a safe choice. I also think that a gentleman in his mid 30s would have broader appeal - for instance can you imagine a young chap in his mid 20s seducing someone in their 50's? Seems unlikely, and works both ways, but someone in their mid 30s you could imagine having appeal at both ends of that spectrum. Ergo Turner would be a good age, in my humble opinion of course. There are other candidates that I think I would prefer however.
  • Matt SMatt S Oh Cult Voodoo ShopPosts: 6,529MI6 Agent
    I think for a 2025 release, circa 1990 is probably the cutoff for the birth year of the new Bond. If the film comes out before that, it could back up into the late 1980s, but I think going younger is a good idea. We haven’t had a Bond in his 20s since Lazenby. It could be a way to “refresh” things without getting too controversial. Especially after an era that has not only featured an older Bond, but also plots constantly reminding us how old and washed up he is!

    They will have the opportunity to focus the story on how young and inexperienced Bond is. That was a theme in Craig's Casino Royale, but it really bothered me because Craig was already too old for that kind of story.
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  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 17,920MI6 Agent
    I think for a 2025 release, circa 1990 is probably the cutoff for the birth year of the new Bond. If the film comes out before that, it could back up into the late 1980s, but I think going younger is a good idea. We haven’t had a Bond in his 20s since Lazenby. It could be a way to “refresh” things without getting too controversial. Especially after an era that has not only featured an older Bond, but also plots constantly reminding us how old and washed up he is!
    I agree 1990 is a good cutoff year for a young Bond, even though a mature looking actor who's a couple of years younger can work too.
    I wouldn't mind a young-looking Bond born in 1980 or the early 80's. Sam Hueghan was born in 1980, but he looks about 30. Aidan Turner was born in 1983, but again he looks young. Craig was about 37 when CR came out, but he actuyally looked older.
    I can imagine Sam Hueghan making his first Bond film in 2023-24 and making 3-4 in a decade or so (I can dream …). Ideally the NeXT Bond is younger, but I think it could work.
  • Sterling ArcherSterling Archer Posts: 197MI6 Agent
    Henry Cavill works as an SAS Bond who fought in the Middle East during the Iraq/Afghanistan war and moved his way into MI6. His physique is simply too bulky to work around another back story. Also, his body doesn't fit an alcoholic character that enjoys fine food. You can be in good shape while fooling around a bit but you will not look like him. Think he'd have to slim down from that perspective but I'm probably overthinking it.

    As far as age, he is getting older but people are aging quite differently these days. He could still be cast for plenty of movies. Personally, my dream would be for Christopher Nolan to sign on for a Bond trilogy, a la dark knight, and to plan it around an actor. Signing on Cavill when he is 37 and having him play Bond for a few movies, possibly more, works. He is very enthusiastic about getting the role and hasn't made that a secret. The Man from Uncle was in many ways an audition.

    Is he the best actor ever? No but I still think he is good enough to play Bond. He's also the type to really cherish the community and embrace the role.

    At the end of the day, the direction of the franchise will be more important than the actor in my opinion. James Bond is in the crosshairs of a PC culture and its roots.

    If they are filming 2 DC movies at once, then that is fine but if not this should really be Craig's last movie. It's time for a new Bond and I love Craig. He's my second favorite to play the role. I just don't like the history of hanging onto an actor for too long. Diamonds, View to a Kill, DAD are a history we don't need to follow.
  • walther p99walther p99 NJPosts: 3,394MI6 Agent
    Henry Cavill works as an SAS Bond who fought in the Middle East during the Iraq/Afghanistan war and moved his way into MI6. His physique is simply too bulky to work around another back story. Also, his body doesn't fit an alcoholic character that enjoys fine food. You can be in good shape while fooling around a bit but you will not look like him. Think he'd have to slim down from that perspective but I'm probably overthinking it.
    I agree that Cavill is way too big to be Bond at the moment. Craig is obviously muscular but Cavill has way a more commanding build that works perfectly for Superman but probably not for Bond.
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  • BruceMurdockBruceMurdock OhioPosts: 133MI6 Agent
    I'm sure if asked he could slim down and go for a more everyman look. I think he'd do a great job and hope he gets the part after Craig.
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  • LoeffelholzLoeffelholz The United States, With LovePosts: 8,854Quartermasters
    Cavill can absolutely be less bulky - look at the change Craig underwent between CR and QoS. It's all about diet and workout regimen. I have always thought that Cavill would be a solid choice - I liked him for CR when he was 23! Now he's the perfect age.

    Still, I'd like to see Tom Hiddleston have a go as well.
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  • dak212usdak212us CaliforniaPosts: 63MI6 Agent
    I like Philip Winchester from Strike Back. Anyone suggest him yet?

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  • JamesDenbighJamesDenbigh Posts: 9MI6 Agent
    Not now. He's only 22, but Jack Rowan looks like he could be a good future Bond :)

    There's an essence of young Connery about him.

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  • 005005 Posts: 138MI6 Agent
    Cavill can absolutely be less bulky - look at the change Craig underwent between CR and QoS. It's all about diet and workout regimen. I have always thought that Cavill would be a solid choice - I liked him for CR when he was 23! Now he's the perfect age.

    Still, I'd like to see Tom Hiddleston have a go as well.

    He has to remain ripped for his ongoing role as Geralt in the Witcher. No way that show doesn’t last years and years.
  • HowardBHowardB USAPosts: 2,581MI6 Agent
    Not now. He's only 22, but Jack Rowan looks like he could be a good future Bond :)

    There's an essence of young Connery about him.

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    Not seeing the Connery thing so much but that doesn't mean he can't be Bond. Like so many of the potential Bonds, he could really benefit from some maturity. There's a bit of "softness" that is not befitting a military veteran turned intelligence operative who is now a "00". Even though Cavill was only 23 when being seriously considered for CR, IMO, he may have still been a bit too young, but he did not appear "soft".
  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 17,920MI6 Agent
    I don't see the resemblence to Connery either. Sorry. I see a handsome young man with dark hair, that's all. Like HowardB I can't say this actor will never be Bond, but I can't see much potential now.
  • JamesDenbighJamesDenbigh Posts: 9MI6 Agent
    Number24 wrote:
    I don't see the resemblence to Connery either. Sorry. I see a handsome young man with dark hair, that's all. Like HowardB I can't say this actor will never be Bond, but I can't see much potential now.
    Oh really I guess I'm the only one who sees it, but as I said above, I don't see him as the next 007, but definitely a future 007.
  • HowardBHowardB USAPosts: 2,581MI6 Agent
    One of my basic rules of casting James Bond:
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  • CharlesRobinsonCharlesRobinson Posts: 53MI6 Agent
    I don't know, you can see a bit of cold detachment in his eyes, could be good in the future. As mentioned though, at least 10 years too young I think for the character.
  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 17,920MI6 Agent
    Number24 wrote:
    I don't see the resemblence to Connery either. Sorry. I see a handsome young man with dark hair, that's all. Like HowardB I can't say this actor will never be Bond, but I can't see much potential now.
    Oh really I guess I'm the only one who sees it, but as I said above, I don't see him as the next 007, but definitely a future 007.

    We'll see. We can all be wrong in these matters. Before CR I wanted Dominic West as Bond. Now he thinks it's time a trans person is cast in the role :o :o :o
  • StrangewaysStrangeways London, UKPosts: 1,431MI6 Agent
    For what it's worth, as I never predict these correctly: Jack O'Connell or Tom Hughes would be my tips.

    However, I still think Daniel has at least one more in him after No Time to Die.
  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 17,920MI6 Agent
    I found a couple of photos of Aidan turner that I haven't seen before. In my opinion Turner has a goofy smile that he can't use as Bond, he would need to bulk up if he gets the role and in some photos his jaw looks weak.
    But he's still one of my favourites. Great eyes, voice, acting skills and lots of charm.


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  • zaphod99zaphod99 Posts: 1,405MI6 Agent
    For what it's worth, as I never predict these correctly: Jack O'Connell or Tom Hughes would be my tips.

    However, I still think Daniel has at least one more in him after No Time to Die.

    Cant agree. I think although he's looking great i think he's running on fumes. It might work well for this particular outing, but unlikely to work again. How many last hurrah's can a part take?
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    Tom Hughes for me, but they'd better get their finger out .
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  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 17,920MI6 Agent
    To me Tom Hughes falls into the category "Pale and gangly British actor who's handsome in a not very masculine way". I think he was good in The Game and Victoria and I look forward to his Corto Maltese, but I don't want to see him as Bond.
  • Gassy ManGassy Man USAPosts: 2,685MI6 Agent
    Number24 wrote:
    I found a couple of photos of Aidan turner that I haven't seen before. In my opinion Turner has a goofy smile that he can't use as Bond, he would need to bulk up if he gets the role and in some photos his jaw looks weak.
    But he's still one of my favourites. Great eyes, voice, acting skills and lots of charm.


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    Caught the final Poldark last night, and it's interesting the show is both ending now and that the character is going off to do some spying.

    Turner could play the part, though he'd have to alter his physical appearance and presence a bit, as with shorter hair, his saturnine expressions give a too intense Dalton vibe.

    Two things a lot of today's actors touted as Bond possibilities have that work against the character:

    1) Their looks are rather garden variety handsome, which is to say one can see a lot of the same faces by flipping through a random issue of GQ. While Bond should be handsome, he should be distinct and unique looking.

    2) They try too hard to project strong emotion with their eyes and expressions when a lot of Bond's strength and confidence comes from merely being comfortable with himself and looking relaxed much of the time. Connery was the best at it because at the same time he knows he's powerful and attractive to women, he seems utterly unconcerned about it. His looks are a tool, like his gun, mind, or fists, to be used to achieve an objective. When people dismiss Connery's acting as "just being himself," they're confusing this effort to project Bond's confidence with the notion that Connery isn't working too hard to be the character.

    Craig has much of this quality, though at other times, he relies on intense stares that Connery never really needed to use. Turner, too, can relax, but outside of Poldark, he often chooses to be as intense as Dalton in his expressions.
  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 17,920MI6 Agent
    An exellent post, Gassy Man :007)

    I've been thinking the same, and I should've mention that I worry that Turner doesn't look very though or distinctive. LIke you say, this goes for many candidates. While he is conventionally handsome, I think Sam Heughan's look is sufficiantly striking and distinctive.
    Ideally he's be 5-10 years younger, but he's a very good candidate.


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  • HowardBHowardB USAPosts: 2,581MI6 Agent
    I was starting to like Ed Skrein a bit for Bond after seeing him played a squared jawed hero in Midway. If you combine that with the villain he played in the first Deadpool film, IMO you have Bond potential. That being said, Skrein is 37 or 38 and will probably be considered too old to be getting started as Bond by the time 26 rolls around.
  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 17,920MI6 Agent
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    Skrein is 36, so I don't think his age is a big problem. I put the limit in 1980. If you're born before that year you're deffinately too old to be Bond (making Sam Heughan just within the limit). I think 2023 is the earliest t we can hope for Bond26 to be released, but 2024 is much more likely.
    My top three favourites now are Sam Heughan, Aidan Turner and Ed Skrein.
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