Spectre won’t hit theaters for over a month, but the internet is already abuzz with speculation over who will play the next James Bond. Daniel Craig has had a solid run as agent 007, but every actor to assume the mantle is eventually replaced to make way for exciting, new interpretations of the storied franchise and Craig has dropped hints that the upcoming release might be his last outing.
Will it be Tom Hardy? Idris Elba? Michael Fassbender? Tom Hiddleston? That will, of course, depend on what type of Bond they’re looking for when the time comes. The decision to use Daniel Craig strayed from the tall, dark, and handsome mold used to cast previous actors such as Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan, with some journalists disparagingly describing him as “James Blond“. Will the next 007 go back to type with Henry Cavill? Will we see our first black Bond with Idris Elba or David Oyelowo? Will we ever see a lady Bond?
Daniel Craig’s portrayal of James Bond has been described as the closest to Fleming’s original conception of our favorite superspy since Sean Connery, but he’s not without his detractors. Craig’s interpretation has also been called, “thuggish” and said to be lacking the natural charisma required to perfectly capture the character. Based on his performances in other films, Tom Hardy could provide a similar vibe and familiar ruthlessness. While some of Elba’s most memorable characters have had a street vibe, the actor himself is almost too classy for the role. Damian Lewis or Michael Fassbender could be suave enough to satisfy the hardcore Bond fans.
We don’t know who will be the next actor to play James Bond, but there are a lot of incredibly fascinating possibilities. Until that announcement is made fans of Daniel Craig will be able to see him at least one more time on November 6, 2015 in Spectre.