Why He Could Do It:
He’s smooth, he’s charming, he looks good in a tux, he’s got more edge than Jaws’ dentures – and if you CGI some explosions and sharks into Ocean’s 11, you’ve got a Bond flick.
Why He Would Be Wrong:
Sorry George, you’re a brilliant actor, but you ruined the American Bond (Batman) so badly the franchise had to pretend it had never met you in order to survive.
Bond has already realistically rebooted once, it doesn't need to do it again.
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Oct 17th 2012, 6:29
Stallone never ruined Judge Dredd. It's a fun popcorn movie, which is not perfect, but better than its bad rep. If you're not taking it too serious you can enjoy yourself for a good 90mins.
Pattinson - as much you you guys LOVE him??? What??? Steven Seagal is a character actor next to this guy! Downey on the other hand I could imagine. More like Roger Moore style....ladykiller with some sense of humour.
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Oct 17th 2012, 8:55
A kind of pointless article. might as well have added Danny Trejo for all the good it does.
Oct 17th 2012, 11:46
Tom Hardy for the next Bond.
Oct 17th 2012, 11:58
i might have said the last time stallone took on a brit pop culture icon was Get Carter. and yes, mostly ruined it.
Oct 17th 2012, 12:10
A blonde Bond would never work...so what is Daniel Craig? Cos I'd call him blonde and I'm suuuure I remember, when he was first announced, that it was a 'thing' because he was blonde? I also think a lot of these actors wouldn't work because they are not British. Bond's are British.
Oct 17th 2012, 12:19
Kellend, you bellend, it's a joke. They're being facetious.
Oct 17th 2012, 12:20
Well, TF was being sarcastic. I thought their comment on the list was quite obvious, even having a link at the end...
Oct 17th 2012, 12:21
So Fassbender it is then.....?
Oct 17th 2012, 12:52
Hugh Jackman maybe, i could see that?
I wonder if there ever will be an American playing Bond. It must be quite a prestigious role to be given as an actor and i wonder how big a 'honor' it is considered to be in the acting community. I can't think of many other roles that are as revered as bond in terms of who gets to play the part, apart from maybe the superhero roles.
Oct 17th 2012, 12:53
Oh, and on the Daniel Radcliffe one - does anyone remember that James Bond Junior cartoon from the early 90's? Think it was about Bond's nephew and there was a relative of Q and Felix Leiter too and i'm sure spin offs of all the famous bond villains. I'm sure Hollywood will find a way to dredge that up again
Oct 17th 2012, 13:09
@Kellend11 "Bonds are British" Pierce Brosnan. George Lazenby. Neither British. Lazenby was in a s**t Bond film I'll give you that but Brosnan did at least Goldeneye.
Oct 17th 2012, 13:17
I would add to this list of never to be bond, Michael Fassbender and Mark Strong, both British, and both too talented as actors to ever be 007.
Oct 17th 2012, 14:29
smellyhands everyone has a preference, but OHMSS is considered one of the better Bond movies, despite Lazenby being pure Plasticine, it did show Bond was capable of emotions, with one of the saddest ending of any film. Also don't forget Brosnan did Die another Day, considered one of the worst Bond movies ever ie invisible car, cringingly bad surfing CGI, Madonna theme tune, Madonna acting, Madonna.
Oct 17th 2012, 14:37
we need a balck bond...idris elba
"black" I meant, typo
Oct 17th 2012, 15:06
Fassbender aint British. Like Brosnan, he's Irish. Of all the choices i think he'd nail it. Elba too, but unfortunately both will probably be too old by the time Craig hangs up his tux....Im sure i read somewhere that he's down for at least another 3 films?? if its one every 2 years Tom Hardy will be 41 by that time (Probably close to the perfect age for the role maturity wise)...making him the best choice IMO.
Oct 17th 2012, 15:21
Ok I'll bite on the Downey Jr entry... he has already proven that an American (foreign??) actor can convincingly play a British icon in the Sherlock Holmes films hasn't he? But he had a lot of goodwill stored before he took that role and an unproven American actor would generate a tabloid s**t storm worse than the one that greeted Craig... so i just answered my own question!
Oct 17th 2012, 16:12
Idris Elba for bond
Oct 17th 2012, 16:40
Even as a massive RDJ fan I hated the Holmes films, definitely wouldn't want to see him do Bond. Tom Hardy I'd say MAYBE... He's my favourite actor working atm, but he tends to act either cheeky or terrifying, I'm struggling to imagine him being charming and subtley dangerous. He can definitely do quiet menace but he always seems like he's about to explode into violence at a moments notice, whereas Bond should just seem ready for it, if you get what I mean. I agree Idris Elba would be a good choice, but he's already said he doesn't want to be percieved as 'the Black Bond' which he would be. Fassbender is awesome so perhaps... I'd vote Richard Armitage!
Oct 17th 2012, 16:44
Oh and at the risk of being controversial... I wouldn't rule out R-Patz. I definitely wouldn't cast him within the next 15 years, but if he gets his acting chops down and matures from young pretty boy into handsome quality actor then he could be an option.
Oct 17th 2012, 17:31
@McSerious: I disagree with your points regarding Tom Hardy. I mean, did you watch Inception? He's all classy and charming through the whole movie. I could totally see him pull off Bond!
Oct 17th 2012, 17:50
@Hadouken76 Oh I'm well aware of what Brosnan did after Goldeneye. I'm just in denial.
Oct 17th 2012, 18:14
I think JGL could do it. Tom Hardy would be good. What about Christian Bale or Cillian Murphy?
Oct 17th 2012, 18:20
This article is a waste of bandwidth
Oct 17th 2012, 20:59
You might as well have simply put, with the majority of these, "BECAUSE THEY'RE AMERICAN". American Bond just...It wouldn't work. They've already got one as you said, name of Bourne. *facepalm*
Oct 17th 2012, 22:55
We let a Welsh guy play the "American Bond". I think it's fair that an American could have a shot at playing Bond, don't you?
Oct 18th 2012, 3:53
Brad Pitt mastered the British accent in the Devil's Own?
Was that supposed to be a joke? The character he played was Irish and a member of the IRA. You couldn't have got it more wrong
Oct 18th 2012, 10:17
From this article; it just goes to prove that Fassbender is the perfect replacement, and Hardy is a runner up. As for an American actor play Bond.... *shudder* Well if I have to choose, it'll be Jon Hamm.
Oct 18th 2012, 10:29
Nah Tom Hardy as Blofeld, Seriously.
Oct 18th 2012, 10:30
Jason Issacs would have been good, if they had asked him. He always looks intense, like Dalton.
Oct 18th 2012, 15:26
I liked this article. People who do not take themselves seriously can enjoy it. The rest, the idiots who called it pointless, well they might as well kill themselves. They can't seem to have a little fun with 007.
Oct 18th 2012, 16:07
Fassbender is the most logical choice to replace Craig, he'll be able to nail the physical and emotional sides to the modern Bond.
Hardy is an oustanding actor but I just don't think he's charming or suave enough to pull off Bond. He'd make a great villain though.
Oct 18th 2012, 18:16
So this is pretty much "The list of 15 actors that are faces of other massive franchises that shouldn't play Bond"
Oct 18th 2012, 20:10
Tom Hardy would be great as either Bond or a villain, so would Bale and Fassbender. But what about Jude Law or Clive Owen? As for an American to play Bond, I would say Downey Jr.
Oct 19th 2012, 12:58
I agree with Ali1748, Fassbender for Bond with a Tom Hardy villain. If that happened I would do backflips like Daffy Duck until it came out. Mind you, I think Daniel Craig is outstanding in the role and as a Bond fan I'm already doing backflips that he's decided to sign on for another 2 movies after Skyfall.
Oct 19th 2012, 13:03
Forgot to add, if an American were given the role I would boycott the franchise until their tenure was over. Look at what happened to the Aussie (although admittedly I think OHMSS is brilliant). Actors from the UK or Ireland only please.
I think someone like Rufus Sewell would do a great job. Or we could have a ginger Bond with Damian Lewis.
Oct 22nd 2012, 13:26
I'd be fine with actors from the Commonwealth. Sam Neil came close to playing Bond before Dalton got the gig.
Oct 25th 2012, 11:25
Matt Smith is not nearly old enough to be Bond. It would be like seeing him as a child, like the Daniel Radcliffe gripe.
Now David Tennant, on the other hand...
Oct 28th 2012, 16:15
Idris Elba is mediocre and the only reason he is being considered is because he is black. If you want a black actor who has the respect of the British people and who is British in a way Bond should be Colin Salmon would be perfect. Colin Salmon also has Bond connections and is a very good actor who deserves this opportunity. Anything to get Craig away from it finally.
I am amazed how ruled by flavour of the month attitude alot of people are, "Tom Hardy" or Michael Fassbender" really? Just because they have made a few good films recently does not mean they can instantly do everything correctly or the winner from bloody X Factor should be considered. Lewis Collins was turned down for being "too rough" same problem with Hardy and Fassbender does not look the part and is too rough and slimy.
Oct 29th 2012, 15:12
Colin Salmon is an awful actor who belongs in ITV dramas.
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