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Initial post: 18 Jan 2014 10:29:58 GMT
Last edited by the author on 18 Jan 2014 10:32:38 GMT
This question always sparks an interesting debate when down the pub with my mates so I thought i'd ask on here, I wanted to see who (if anyone) Bond fans had their sights on after the wonderful Mr Daniel Craig has finished.

I believe Craig has done an amazing job so far and im glad to hear he has another 2 movies to go (another 2 parter, so i believe) so after then I think it's pretty safe to assume it will be time for him to hang up the Tux and Walther, but who can follow him?

I imagine it will be a very tough job, following a very popular Bond must be very daunting, as i'm sure both George Lazenby and Timothy Dalton would tell you, as they are pretty much most peoples least favorite Bonds (most people not all). So who would be up to it?

I'd like to vote for Richard Armitage, now i've not seen The New Hobbit movies so I hope he is keeping the British end up? But I first saw him as John Porter Chris Ryan's Strikeback in which he was superb hard man British soldier. I believe he has been in Spooks too so he already has MI6 experience ; ) . He is the right age, he looks the part, smooth, suave, but also looks like he could kill you. All this and he is English!! a rarity for a Bond (there has only been 2) not only that he is from my home town, the mighty Leicester.

So yeah Richard Armitage for Bond please !

Whats your vote?

Posted on 18 Jan 2014 11:24:27 GMT
Crixus says:
Idris Elba?

Posted on 18 Jan 2014 13:12:20 GMT

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2014 13:44:13 GMT
I do like him, people also throw Chiwetel Ejiofor name around too as potentional Bond, BUT and can i please flash a Father Ted style sign on the screen "Not a Racist" before I say this ... i dont think Bond should be black.

Just as I wouldnt want White Blade or Shaft, I don't want Black Bond it is just not right for character or his heritage, Blond Hair nearly killed Bond fans imagine what a Black Bond would do ! ; )


And Matt Damon ..... NO Americans ! .. i am Americanist lol (when it comes to Bond)

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2014 16:17:03 GMT
I totaly agree mate, i wouldn't want a White Morpheus either or a 'white or black' actor to be cast as the main lead in a dare i say it 'Remake' of Enter the dragon.

Posted on 18 Jan 2014 19:09:22 GMT
Last edited by the author on 18 Jan 2014 19:11:16 GMT
Okay so I get where Bauer is coming from, but... (you knew it was coming)... if Bond was being remade ie they were setting them back in the same timeframe that the original films or books were being set then I agree, yet they're not. They're set in the modern era. Having a black Bond in the 50s, 60s is a problem, just because there was whole different set of cultural and social issues regarding race. Setting it now I don't see why Bond can't be Black. Unlike your example of Shaft (given his cultural implications) I don't see why you couldn't have a white Blade. I think Idris Elba is a great actor but not sure he'd be good for Bond, he's too big imo.

I think, as I've said already in other places on this forum, that Benedict Cumberbatch would make an interesting Bond. I'd like to see him really push that anti-hero aspect of Bond. Benedict Cumberbatch is charismatic enough, physical enough (given his recent outings in Star Trek and Sherlock), portrays intelligence, and can protray cruelty.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2014 19:17:07 GMT
Last edited by the author on 18 Jan 2014 19:18:02 GMT
Good points well made, you could be right, both Idris Elba and Chiwetel Ejiofor could make an excellent Bond, like Craig did they prove any neighsayers wrong and it all just worked. They are both are very goods actors and have a great presence to them. If they took the lead in any other espionage spy thriller id be all over it, but not Bond.

Maybe its 30 odd years of watching Bond movies and having the image of what Bond is burned into my psyche, i just think it would be wrong personally.

I grant you my two examples were not great but i'm sure there are other iconic black characters that wouldnt be right for white actor.

I havent seen Benedict Cumberbatch in anything , but i hear good things?

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2014 19:30:28 GMT
Baur, do you men just in film or in anything, if anything they couldn't change 'Othello' to a white man could they.

I'm racking my brain to find any more 'iconic' black characters from film, where it wouldn't be right to change the color other than Axel foley at the moment:(

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2014 22:30:18 GMT
Last edited by the author on 19 Jan 2014 03:10:28 GMT
Couldn't that be a little bit of an indictment? Historically though it kind of makes sense, Hollywood hasn't exactly been an equal rights employer in the past. Kevin, Othello has been played by black men (I can't work out if what you said was sarcastic and you already knew that, sorry). I think once something is adapted within a new context (like the mid-nighties version of Richard the Third with Ian McKellen in it) then the casting only has to be loyal to the new context.
Personally I don't think Bond should be played by a black man because I just don't think audiences are ready (make of that what you will) and it'd be incredibly difficult position for the actor. But I think a black actor could do it. Chiwetel Ejiofor and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (also in Strike Back) could.

So given you bunch of racists demand he be white, how about Colin Farrell? (firstly the racist bit was a joke, just to be clear, secondly I first wrote Colin Firth before realising I'd got the name wrong lol) Hang on what about Colin Firth? We could have this really genteel Bond, has tea and cucumber sandwiches between giving them ruffians a what-for.

Posted on 19 Jan 2014 22:14:18 GMT
Roma says:
Gael García Bernal would be very easy on the eye!

Posted on 19 Jan 2014 22:24:14 GMT
Last edited by the author on 19 Jan 2014 22:25:49 GMT
Speedbird70 says:
How about Jason Statham? He would be perfect for the role.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2014 23:01:14 GMT
lol, i hope they do cast Jason statham and he's that crap at it, that they decide to end the series once and for all:-P

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2014 05:54:19 GMT
Speedbird70 says:
Statham came to mind because he is an action movie star.

Posted on 20 Jan 2014 07:30:47 GMT
Lol looks like my posts are being attacked by the PC brigade!.... grow up u numpties.

Jason Stratham .... ooh no no, a bald muscly Bond, urgh no!

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2014 08:17:04 GMT
I don't think it's anything to do with PC, same numbers are marking me down. I just don't think people even like us discussing the concept.

I'd rather Danny Dyer before Jason Statham.

Bauer, out of curiosity what do you think of Downey Jr as Sherlock Holmes? I only wonder because he's an iconic British character played by an American.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2014 08:56:53 GMT
Last edited by the author on 20 Jan 2014 09:00:30 GMT
I am going to sound like a huge hypocrite here but I loved Downey Jr as Sherlock Holmes lol .... I have 2 reasons why I would like to defend any comment that I am hypocrite.

1. Downey Jr is a brilliant actor and very fun to watch in anything.

2. Sherlock Holmes is not as an iconic English Character as James Bond ... (put down the pitchforks, I just mean to me at least) bar watching the 1985 Young Sherlock Holmes and the black and white 'Hound of The Baskerville's' my Knowledge and appreciation of Sherlock Holmes is rather light.

My anti-American James Bond feelings probably come from the screen test I watched of Sam Neil auditioning as Bond 'shudder'. I fortunately have seen Barry Nelson as James 'Jimmy' Bond 'more-shudder'.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2014 09:26:50 GMT
Bauer, Sam neil is N. irish born mate but Kiwie bred. Is it the yankie accent that put you off?

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2014 10:16:31 GMT
I'm the same on both counts, even reading some the Sherlock Holmes stories I still don't have a problem with Downey Jr playing the role, yet think I will if Bond was played by an American actor. But maybe I might have said the same about Sherlock.

So think the next Bond could be Anna Friel. Bond, Jennifer Bond. I'm guessing no women either. Sexists!!! Though it might be interesting if she played it like a male Bond. That she relates with men in the same way Bond relates with women.

Posted on 20 Jan 2014 10:52:48 GMT
Crixus says:
Good call on Benedict Cumberbatch, he would make a fantastic/different Bond IMO

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2014 11:04:10 GMT
Last edited by the author on 20 Jan 2014 11:04:39 GMT
Oh yeah i'm not too bothered about the actors place of birth, like i said there has only been 2 english born James Bonds, but an English accent is quite important.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2014 11:08:44 GMT
Chapter1 says:
Richard Armitage ticks all the boxes.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2014 11:14:22 GMT
I can't stop imagining Danny Dyer as James Bond now lol

Posted on 20 Jan 2014 11:51:50 GMT
"Crack on M, you little diamond. The sl*gs at Spectre need a slap. Think they can give me all that hardman bull**it?"

Posted on 20 Jan 2014 12:04:50 GMT
Christian Bale??

He's semi British (Born in Wales).

He's not overly muscular, has the look and charm.

Benedict Cumberbatch reminds me of Jonny English. (Rowan Atkinson). Just doesn't do it for me.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2014 12:20:54 GMT
Last edited by the author on 20 Jan 2014 12:28:22 GMT
I'v not read any of fleming's 007 books, so just want to know how indetail Bond is written in the books.

What i have read about the books, is that in them Bond is written less suave but more grittier ie a heavy drinker etc etc, so for me i'm not sure if Cummberbatch would be best suited for a darker Bond. Thats just my opinion though.
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