With the recent James Bond movie delays casting a pall on the potential return of Daniel Craig as Bond, it only makes sense to look at the other actors who should play James Bond. There’s no denying it, the James Bond franchise is an iconic piece of cinema. It’s been around for a long time and doesn’t seem to have any plans to go away. With a tradition of passing the torch to a new, younger actor, we have to wonder who might be the next James Bond? Curious to see who might be a good fit for the role? Here are 25 Actors Who Should Play James Bond.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Okay, this one is likely not going to happen. The actor has denied it on several occasions. But, one can at least dream.
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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