25 Actors Who Should Play James Bond

Posted by , Updated on March 24, 2024

The repeated postponement of the latest James Bond movie has thrown Daniel Craig’s return as Bond into doubt, leading us to examine other candidates who could step into the iconic role. The James Bond series, a fixture of cinema, has been captivating audiences for decades and shows no sign of stopping. As has been the franchise’s custom, the part will eventually be handed down to a fresh and youthful actor. So, who could be the worthy successor to the title of James Bond? Are you intrigued to find out who could ably fill Craig’s shoes? Here are 25 potential actors who could take on the role of James Bond.



Jamie Dornan

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Born in Belfast, Ireland, this actor recently hit the scene with the Fifty Shades of Grey movie series. Though, he was also in Anthropoid, which is a great little historical gem. He’s got the swagger and looks to easily pull off James Bond, but it’s difficult to say if he’d bring anything new to the character.


Luke Evans

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Growing up in Aberbargoed, South of Wales, this actor is classically trained, starring in London’s West End theater productions, and has the look of a playboy MI6 agent. You may remember him from The Hobbit, Fast and Furious 6, and Beauty and the Beast.


Aidan Turner

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This actor was born in Dublin, Ireland, and is also a classically trained actor, appearing in many stage productions. You probably recall him playing the dwarf Kili in The Hobbit trilogy.


Danny Dyer

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You probably haven’t heard of this British actor, and that’s kind of the point. With a name as big as James Bond, sometimes you need an unknown, yet capable, actor to hop in the seat to focus more on the character rather than the star power of the actor.


Clive Owen

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This actor, born in Warwickshire, England, has done tremendous work over the years, notably in Children of Men and Inside Man. It’s easy to see him giving us a great Bond.


Tom Hiddleston

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Born in Westminster, London, this actor likely needs no introduction, best known for his role as Loki in the Thor trilogy and the Avengers films. With his charm and talent for acting, he’s practically a shoe in for the role.


Dan Stevens

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After Downton Abbey, this actor has gone on to put together a diverse body of work, showing his range. From the horror movie The Guest to his role as David Haller on Legion, there’s little doubt he could play Bond.


Richard Armitage

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Born and raised in Leicester, England, this actor played Thorin in The Hobbit trilogy and was more recently in Ocean’s 8. He’s got the general look of Bond, but it’s hard to say if he could pull off the charm.


Richard Madden

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You’ll likely recognize this Scottish actor from the television show Game of Thrones. He played Robb Stark. While his film credentials are few, we’re thinking he’s got the skills to bring Bond to life on film.


Nicholas Hoult


It might feel like a stretch for this actor, whom you may know from Mad Max, to play Bond, but he brings both a classical acting education and an impressive body of work to the table and could likely transform himself to take on the role.


Rupert Friend

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Known for his roles in Homeland, Hitman: Agent 47, or The Young Victoria, this actor from Oxfordshire, England, already got a few action roles under his belt, making his transition to the Bond franchise much easier.


Christian Bale

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We know he’s already played Batman, which is essentially Bond in a bat costume, but admit it, he’d still nail the role. He might even bring a whole different take on the character.


Benedict Cumberbatch

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From playing Sherlock to Doctor Strange, this actor has made quite an impression. There’s no doubt his acting talent and charm could make for an incredible Bond.


Kit Harington

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Primarily known for his role as Jon Snow on Game of Thrones, this English actor has already played a lead role in a movie titled MI-5. Why not move him over to the MI6 division and call it good?


Charlie Cox

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While he’s done a number of roles in TV and TV movies, his role as Daredevil on Netflix is his most notable. It’s a tough call if he can embody the whole character of Bond, but he certainly can make a punch look realistic.


Hugh Dancy

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A notable British working actor who lately has been doing several TV shows, including Hannibal, you might also recognize him from Black Hawk Down or King Arthur. He has considerable talent and could easily put on the suit and tie.


David Oyelowo

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Born in Oxford , England, and graduating from London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, this actor is most notable for his role as Martin Luther King Jr. in the movie Selma. He hasn’t had a shot at a big action franchise yet, and we’re thinking it’s about time.


Jack Reynor

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While born in Colorado, this actor moved with his Irish mother back to Ireland and was raised there since the age of two. You might recognize him from the movie Transformers: Age of Extinction.


Rebecca Ferguson

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Bear with us on this one. We know it’s a stretch, but maybe to shake things up, the James Bond franchise needs a woman to take on the role? This actor has especially proved herself capable in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and Fallout. Why not let her try a hand at the Bond franchise?


Chiwetel Ejiofor

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Being an actor since the early 90’s, his most notable role has been playing Solomon Northrup in 12 Years a Slave, though you might also recognize him as Mordo in the movie Doctor Strange. He’s got impressive range and could easily be seen outwitting his opponents.


Matt Smith

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Known mostly for his role as The Doctor in Doctor Who, this actor has made a sudden shift to film in recent years especially with the recent announcement of his unknown role in Star Wars: Episode IX.


Michael Fassbender

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A man who needs little introduction, this actor has been in wide range of films, including X-Men: First Class and Alien: Covenant, providing many eclectic and powerful performances. It would be great to see what he could bring to the Bond character.


Henry Cavill

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While he’s famous for his role as Superman in Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, and Justice League, this British actor already has two spy movies under his belt with The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Mission: Impossible – Fallout. While his acting is passable, he’d likely make a perfectly good Bond.


Idris Elba

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Okay, this one is likely not going to happen. The actor has denied it on several occasions. But, one can at least dream.


Tom Hardy

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At this point, what role can’t this actor do? He’s got the looks, the swagger, the charm, and the acting talent all in one and has pulled off every role he’s done in spades. We say put him and Christopher Nolan together on a Bond film, post haste!

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