I know it's way too late but Cary Grant should have been the first Bond.
Barry Diller--one hot, sexy dude
Meryl Streep, of course.
DL favorite Henry Cavill lost the role to Craig.
If I had to pick an American Bond, I'd pick Matt Bomer.
I'm a long time Bond fan (since 1973, when I was 8 years old). At first, I didn't care for Craig. I loved Casino Royale, but wasn't sure about him. After Quantum of Solace, and especially Skyfall, I am sold on him. I now think he is a terrific bond. I hope he sticks around for another 6 or 8 films.
I can totally see Craig fucking the shit out of me. He's not good-looking but I think he's rugged and sexy as hell.
In a critics' movie preview, I told the reviewer that Daniel Craig should have been cast as 007's "turncoat" or straight out "bad guy." A good actor (Munich) but unable to work a tux or be a frau "fantasy object." Jude Law is more believable as an educated professional, but not as a master seducer of women.
How about an unknown for the role?
Robbie Williams and Jeremy Renner? Did you put them in there as a joke? What about Jason Isaacs or Clive Owen?
I thought we all decided it should have been James Purefoy
Mel Gibson? Is that a joke post?
At the time, a lot of people wanted Clive Owen for it. I think he would have been good, but I didn't want him to get it because I don't like Bond movies and wanted to watch him in better films.
Clive Owen or Fassy!
Daniel Day Lewis.
At least Daniel Craig doesn't look like he just stepped off a wedding cake.
If you've ever seen Where the Boys Are, Daniel Craig reminds me of Frank Gorshin. Especially when Craig's underwater in Skyfall.
Stephen Fry. He would have been fabulous especially now that he's lost weight. He could have charmed the ladies with his charming voice and his Wildean quips ....it would have been absolutely perfect. Swishing and swaying his way out of danger and besting his wicked foes with words rather than his penis extension, that hideous Walther PPK.Yes he would have been a fop but what a witty and utterly scandalous fop Bond would have been.
Craig looks like an illegal Albanian who lives in an abandoned condom factory on the outskirts of London.
I think Bond will be bisexual in later incarnations.
Bomer is too short. Hollywood special-effects efforts aside, 007 should be tall as well as built.
R23 There's a scene in Skyfall between Bond and Silva that suggests he already is bisexual...or might be.
Adrian Paul, the star of the old Highlander TV show.
Yeah, it should have been Charlene Tilton.
I don't think they will let go of Daniel Craig as soon as they thought now that Skyfall became the biggest Bond movie ever. I think Henry Cavill would be great. He's played roles with similar dynamics with female co-stars.
Did anyone here see Daniel Craig in Enduring Love or Our Friends from the North? He was good in those things and I did not really want him to be wasted in cheesy Bond movies.
50% "other"? Oh, dear. And so many wasted choices.
Another vote for Clive Owen.
While I love Bomer, he's just too damn pretty for Bond. I wasn't sold on Craig until his Ursula Andress scene in CR. Years ago I thought the late Antony Hamilton would've been the perfect Bond. And I had no idea he was gay at the time.
You're all nuts, Craig is a great Bond, probably the best other than Sean.
[quote]DL favorite Henry Cavill lost the role to Craig.
That's because he can't act worth shit.
All of the OPs nominees are older than dirt!
And I love Craig. He's a very good actor, much better than most of his predecessors, and he's got a brutal, charismatic masculinity that's perfect for the role.
[quote]All of the OPs nominees are older than dirt!
So, who gets your vote? Quvenzhane Wallis?
I think Daniel Craig is perfect as James Bond.
I think John Barrowman would make a good gay James Bond. He could use his Scottish accent.
Or Neal Patrick Harris in a take-off of 007 films.
Cavill is still in his twenties. Bond should be at least 35, like the POTUS.
Cavill is a boy
British actor James Scott who plays EJ on "Days of Our Lives". He can restore that fantastical James Bond that Roger Moore did so brilliantly in the 70s.
I am fucking sick of the serious hyper-real Bond that is apparently so 'true' to the books. The original novels are there for a reason - to be read. We've seen the Bond that's true to Fleming but I firmly believe the public love the cinematic Bond for his larger than life qualities - now they need to make the films innocuous entertainment again with stupid gadgets, campy villains and flamboyant girls.
Just watch this scene and tell me James Scott wouldn't bring the fun back to the Bond franchise. He's bloody gorgeous too:
Bond is supposed to be Eton educated, from nobility, an upper-class clubman. Posh, a gentleman hero. Clive Owen's from Coventry, an industrial city in the heart of England. He has incredible working man's hands. That is not Bond.
I think Owen would be the only one mentioned who is close to the sophisticated and rugged aspects of Bond.
Statham is too street, and MacGregor is too bland.
MacGregor is also rumoured to have issues with insurance for high profile gigs.
r8, Hollywood doesn't do new because all the suits are too busy working on their own careers. God forbid they'd actually have to do some independent scouting work.
Julian Moore. Seriously.
Yeah, but no one really wants to watch that, R53.
I thought I was the only one who thought Daniel Craig was fugly.
Glad to know i'm not.
r57, most times I hear/read about him, it's in the context of his charisma or ruggedness, which is basically code for he's ugly, but sexy as hell.
Daniel Craig looks like a Nazi ideal. Those blue eyes don't seem human. He was the vision that Hitler had for the world. So creepy.
Lena Dunham, she could be the first nudist Bond!
r59, I always thought of Rutger Hauer that way.
I was thrilled to see him in TDK, and I wish his part would've been larger--he looked good, too.
Thank god I didn't see it in the theatre, because I had a Mary! moment when I saw him.
God, Nolan lets great, hot actors go to waste. (Cillian Murphy, too)
Although too old now, Jeremy Irons would've made a great Bond.
When I think of "Bond," I think: Lena Dunham.
James Scott from "Days Of Oyur Lives" is a horrible actor.
Every time he's on the screen, with his fake cultivated posh accent, I cringe.
James Scott is from Newcastle, anyone who knows about UK regions, his speaking manner is NOT one you'd hear from Newcastle!
Sting is from Newcastle, if you listen to old interviews, you can see he's completely changed his speaking voice, he now sounds very posh, much in the same way James Scott's voice now sounds.
Daniel Craig looks exactly like my Super, we've all nicknamed him "James Bond", he seems to love it. My Super is Romanian.
Really like Daniel Craig as Bond.
Heard someone float Idris Elba as a possible choice in the near future. Thought that was pretty fantastic.
Rob James-Collier or Oliver Jackson-Cohen.
Nicholas Hoult will be the next Bond. You heard it here first.
Russian cabbies are hot.
Black Bond! Black Bond! DO IT! DO IT! DO IT!
So, basicallythat's my vote for Idris Elba. However, I think Craig has a few more Bond films under his built. He's been my favorite Bond since Connery, and I actually think he's better.
Meanwhile, Fassbender would be a great choice as well.
Personally, I really like Daniel Craig as Bond. Clive Owen would have been brilliant though. Elba and Fassbender would make good choices too, though.
Elba was the first to come to mind.
But I don't think Craig's doing a bad job.
Daniel Day Lewis ranking only second to Danny Kay and then, of course, one simply cannot rule out Charles Nelson Riley...an icon trumping both of the aforementioned actors. But then again, Mitch Miller is my all time favorite...with Stevie Ray Vaughn runnin' neck in neck.
Really presumptuous of you to assume everyone doesn't appreciate Craig's Bond, OP. He's doing a fine job and is second only to Sean Connery as James Bond for me.
Craig is great and is second only to Connery. He's head and shoulders above the other Bonds.
No American will ever be cast as James Bond.
I do wonder though what does come first: The actor who gets cast or the image the writers/creators envision for this James Bond (and the appropiate actor gets cast based on that plan)?
Since Craig's movie were mostly about action and a couple of spy moments (not much about seducing and banging women) he is a great choice. He also brings this brooding quality to the role where he is kind of a sour puss.
[R3] & [R55] Win! LMFAO!!!
[quote]No American will ever be cast as James Bond.
While I agree with what you're trying to say, Pierce Brosnan has been an American citizen for years.
You left off Heath Ledger
R71 No,no,no! You lost me with Charles Nelson Reilly and then Mitch Miller. Mitch Miller? When the fuck did he ever act? Paul Lynde would have made much better sense......
r63 - I can't believe you would doubt James Scott as an outstanding James Bond. He's comfortable in any homoerotic situation:
Just because James Scott is from Newcastle, doesn't mean he is automatically going to sound like Cheryl Cole. He comes from money, he went to a British boarding school (like 007).
Craig is fine...he has a brutal masculinity which works for a killer like Bond. Thought his coming out of the water thing was stupid (Bond would never wear those trunks especially this Bond..maybe the fey Roger Moore Bond...) but I laugh when people talk about how this Bond is more realistic...with those goofy CGI stunts no man could do that without breaking bones, etc.
Daniel Craig is extremely hot and handsome. I can only imagine what the DL's look like. You all would kill to be as sexy as him.
Is it possible to grow dyslexic as you age?
I thought you were trying to fill Pat Robertson's spot.
I disagree about the speedo, R82. He might not strut it out like Ursula Andress, but a serious swimmer/diver/Seal type, especially a European one, would wear a speedo, though I bet it'd be black.
Idris Elba would be perfect.
That is 3 votes for him. (R68 and R70)
Why not a suave English brother as Bond?
I always thought Clive OWen. He'd have been perfect.
Of course you do know DL favorite Gerard Butler was on the short list? He really thought he had a chance too since he was Scottish like Sean Connery.
Except James would've spit when he spoke and they couldn't find a Bond girl who'd sleep with him. And no way Judy Dench wanted to be botherd.
A meth-mouth Bond, R87?
"Since Craig's movies were... not much about seducing and banging women"
Then it's not James Bond. Those movies were sexy romps.
They also ruined Batman, but that's another thread.
Craig is the best Bond since Connery and sex on a stick. No one on this thread holds a candle to him. Sheesh.
if not for the ink Josh Wald
Bradley James from Merlin in a few years time. He's still too young now.
No American will ever be cast as James Bond.[Q]
If a Brit gets to play Superman, then a Yank should play Bond. In fact, it should be a requirement.
I agree with 92 that Josh Wald would have a great look, but can he act? Clive Owen would have been a great choice 10 years ago. He (like Craig) ain't aging too well.
And Daniel Craig "looks like a Russian cabbie" is the most accurate comment ever. But a HOT Russian cabbie.
R86 Idris Elba is a blah choice. He's a good actor but I can't see him as Bond. Colin Salmon who is another Black British actor and a veteran of the Bond films was considered. He's better looking and has a kind of cold hearted nature that would suit Bond very well.
When Daniel Craig was promoting the movie back in November he told interviewers he had signed on for two more.
That said, in six or so more years, Idris Elba will make a smashing addition to the canon.
What's Daniel Craig's real name? Vasily Danilovitch? Demitry Kronoslav?
Bea Arthur. Simple.
Cavill is far too young for the role. Also, he can't act. Tom Hardy would have been interestign. He comes from posh, but pretends to be a chav.
As the one who mentioned Colin Salmon earlier, I totally agree post person 96.
"Daniel Craig looks like a Nazi ideal. Those blue eyes don't seem human. He was the vision that Hitler had for the world"
I think you're right, R59, and I think it works for the role. Bond is spends his life lying to people, and killing when he has to, he's basically a career criminal with a thin veneer of civilization. Connery and Craig share a brutality that makes Bond believable (and a sexuality that makes him attractive), rather than a swanky cartoon like Roger Moore's Bond.
And I can't believe anyone is nostalgic about the Moore films, even a Soap fan! Has anyone seen those movies lately? They're terrible, and seen through modern eyes Moore is more femme than polished.
Rob James-Collier is a good choice, I hope I get to see him in movies or other BBC/UK shows broadcast in America. But, he and James Scott (also a fine choice) are a little young for the role.
John Barrowman, Clive Owen and Jason Isaacs are all pure sex appeal, but Daniel Craig is doing great, I see no need to change.
Elba is hot as hell, but I don't get the sense of menace/violence I do with Craig. He has a strong FU vibe I don't get with Elba, although I've only seen interviews and a bit of Luther.
Great, wonderful actor though.
The only problem with Daniel Craig is that he looks at least 10 years older than his age (and probably feels it), so he won't last long. Maybe one more film...
They should've gone with Clive.
r104, did you watch The Wire?
I was the first person on this thread to mention Elba. Did any of you poo-pooing him watch The Wire? He absolutely has the menacing aspect to him.
Pierce Brosnan should have never been tossed aside. The one, the only!
I'm a subscriber but don't know how to start a poll. Would anyone else like a poll on the best James Bond?
There is only one actor with the glamorous good looks, the masculinity and sense of humor right for Bond.
Unfortunately he's French: Jean Dujardin.
R111, Good choice but can he fake a British accent? Is his English at least good enough for other American movies? He's definitely suave; the French sure know how to make them. Yum-yum.
Mel Gibson would have been very funny.
Daniel Craig looks like a recent Romanian immigrant. He has the face of an unskilled day-labourer.
Henry Cavill in 5 years or three films, whichever is later.
I could see that guy from that CW show, not the vampire one but the other with the 2 brothers hunting the monsters. Not the tall one, but the real pretty one with the green eyes. He'd be a killer Bond.
Although I agree that Connery and Craig are the most believable, I love the Roger Moore era too. The campiness and the fabulousness of that era in history made it great fun. Some of the best openings and songs came from that period.
I also love Her Majesty's Secret Service for a brief glimpse into a Bond with a heart. The guy who played him was just ok but it was a bit of a forerunner of Craig's CR.
I love Craig as Bond. I am a huge fan of the Bond novels and in terms of pure character, he is the closest to Fleming's creation IMO.
I think the team will keep Craig's energy and go with a guy who can be tough but vulnerable without descending into camp. Fassbender is the most likely choice.
Charlie Cox, late of "Boardwalk empire".
Why hasn't anyone brought up the most obvious choice...