Daniel Craig minced no words in his interview with Time Out London this week when he said that he would rather, “Break this glass and slash my own wrists,” than play James Bond again. The actor just finished his fourth turn at the mi6 agent in the newmovie, Spectre, which hits theaters November 6.
So now that Craig has bowed out rather dramatically, who will play the secret agent in the future? Let’s take a look at our favorite candidates for the job.
Idris Elba has long been rumored to possibly be the first black Bond and perhaps no other candidate could be more perfect for the role in terms of persona and physical shape. The biggest problem with Elba is that he is a huge actor right now. My biggest fear is that people will not see Bond and instead see Idris Elba playing Bond, which is not a good thing. However, as Kyle has pointed out, Brosnan was already an established star and the star of the television show Remington Steele when he accepted the role of Bond. In any case, there’s no cooler man in show biz than Elba and because of this he could be a great Bond.
I know what you’re thinking. He’s way too young. And you’re probably right, especially considering that Henry Cavill was deemed too young before Daniel Craig was chosen for Bond. But nevertheless I think Taron should be considered if not for his parkour and stunt skills and ability to play suave, but also his performance in Kingsman. He can be a little rough around the edges, something new for the Bond franchise, but I think he could make a really interesting and intriguing 007. But, yeah, he’s probably way too young.
Sam Claflin of Hunger Games fame is known for playing an American, but not many fans of that series know that he is actually from across the pond. Claflin is an emerging star set to star in the final installment of the Hunger Games franchise later this year and also has been cast in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, set to come out in December 2016, so you know his face will be plastered everywhere in the next year, whether in action figure form or poster.
Nonetheless, after those projects finish, he has nothing else coming out later than 2016. Sooooo…he’s free. The 29 year-old is still on the young side of Bond actors but has the look and would be believable in the role.
Yes, yes. I know what he said. He’d slash his wrists rather than play Bond again. He also said if he did it again it’d be for the money. I somehow find this hard to believe. Depending on the outcome of the story of Spectre, there still may be some story to tell about Craig’s 007. And if this is the case this publicity from Daniel Craig could be one of those PR moves where people are going to be disappointed he’s not returning having read this article. Then when he returns to the franchise for his actual final film everyone would HAVE to see it.
However, if you take it at face value you could say he’s done with the franchise that has made him a household name.