Daniel Craig’s last performance as James Bond is approaching quickly. No Time to Die releases this November. As his time in the role draws to a close after five fantastic films, the big question is who will replace him as the world’s most iconic secret agent, 007?
So far, there have been only seven actors who have taken on the role since 1962. Those actors include: George Lazenby, Sean Connery, David Niven, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Craig.
The role of James Bond is so unique. With each new actor, comes a completely new story and world. This is a film franchise that constantly recasts and reinvents the lead character, and never misses a beat.
So, how will they choose to reinvent 007 for this next series of films? Do they stick with what they know works, or do they really flip the script and reinvent the character in a way we haven’t seen yet in this franchise? It will be interesting to see what MGM decides to do next with one of the most popular and successful franchises of all time.
Here are some options who can take over the role after Daniel Craig. A few of these choices could take this franchise in a direction we’ve yet to see from a Bond series. So…
Who could be the next 007?
By far, one of the favorites to take on 007 is Idris Elba.
He is one of those actors who would be phenomenal in just about any kind of role imaginable. The guy has all the tools necessary to pull off a kick-ass 007. He is handsome, charming, and can be very intimidating. Furthermore, he can handle physical action sequences with ease. Then, of course, there’s his role as John Luther in BBC’s Luther, which is really all you need to see to believe Elba would be a perfect James Bond.
If Elba got the role, he would be the first Black actor to portray James Bond. With Elba, you get one of the most talented and versatile actors working today. This is the picture-perfect definition of a win-win situation — one the studio should really consider.
This is really a no brainer. Henry Cavill as Bond is something that makes complete sense on paper. An explanation really isn’t even needed for this casting. Just picture Cavill and it’s obvious he would be perfect as James Bond. He has devilish good looks. We know he can handle action-heavy roles. And he’s more than capable of turning on the charm when needed.
Cavill would be the most physically imposing Bond we have seen yet. The guy is a brick house, tall and jacked. I wouldn’t want to be the guy being chased by this 007. While we don’t know exactly what Cavill’s Superman future holds, the role of James Bond is every bit as iconic. If it were offered to him, I don’t think DC fans could blame him for taking it. Not to mention, his role as Napoleon Solo in The Man from UNCLE was basically his audition for James Bond.
Michael Fassbender would be a very interesting choice for James Bond. The guy is definitely one of the best dramatic actors working today. Every film in which he has starred, Fassbender has acted circles around everyone else. Well, maybe the exception of James McAvoy in the X-Men films.
He definitely has the looks and acting chops to pull off a great 007. Fassbender has proven he is more than capable of handling himself in action intense roles as the super-villain Magneto or in the film adaptation of the Assassin’s Creed video games. If you really think about it, Fassbender has all the qualities you would look for in the next James Bond.
Henry Golding is relatively new to the scene. His acting resume isn’t huge but there are big roles in some very popular films. With roles in films like A Simple Favor, Crazy Rich Asians, and The Gentleman, Golding has really been able to flex his talent. You can easily see his range since no two of those roles were the same. He also has signed on to play the lead role in the G.I. Joe spin-off, Snake Eyes, which will more than show off his ability to handle an action-oriented role.
Golding definitely has the looks to play Bond along with the acting ability, but he would also make some history of his own should he be cast. The Bond franchise has never had an Asian actor play the character before. With Golding you get a young actor, whose star will only continue to rise. Like Elba, this is a win-win.
Daniel Kaluuya is an actor who has really made a statement since bursting onto the scene in Jordan Peele’s 2017 hit horror film, Get Out. His performance as the lead in that film really put the world on notice to his talent. His roles in films like Widows and Queen & Slim earned him critical acclaim and really showed off his insane versatility. Then again, he’s no stranger to the blockbusters either following the global phenomenon, Black Panther.
Kaluuya has turned himself into a household name in just a little more than three short years. His star will only continue to rise with no ceiling. He would also be yet another casting that would change the Bond franchise forever. The franchise needs to move in a different direction. The most iconic secret agent 007 needs to adapt to the world today. That calls for a diverse casting with the next Bond. You can’t do any better than Daniel Kaluuya.