Even before news broke out that Daniel Craig’s last appearance as everyone’s favourite spy James Bond will be in the upcoming 25th Bond movie, rumours about his replacement have been running wild for years. Craig’s curtain call will be in 2020 in the as yet untitled Bond film. Once he hangs up the cool gadgets, though, fans will be anxious to see who takes on the iconic role. Many names have been popping up in recent times – some are established actors, while others are virtual unknowns in Hollywood.
James Bond’s History on Screen
The long-running movie franchise started way back in 1962 with Terence Young’s Dr. No. The character written by the legendary Ian Fleming has had an impressive cultural impact since then. It’s fair to say that James Bond is the prototypical spy in Hollywood, with almost any spy character “borrowing” elements from Fleming’s character.
During the course of 24 movies, James Bond has been played by several legendary actors. Sean Connery remains the best Bond of all according to most fans, with Pierce Brosnan and Roger Moore anchored right behind him. There were many hits and misses over the years, but in general, the world’s excited to see a new Bond movie every time one gets announced.
Flying under the banner of Eos Productions, the Bond franchise has grossed around $7 billion to date. This puts it in an exclusive club of highest-grossing movie franchises which includes the Marvel cinematic universe and the Harry Potter series.
Since Casino Royale in 2006, which is, by the way, the first James Bond novel ever, British actor Daniel Craig has been playing the role of the cold, womanizer spy with a great sense of humour. Fan opinions on Craig are somewhat divided, even after four movies. Many have had negative remarks about his casting due to his blonde hair (James Bond is traditionally a black-haired character), while some find Craig too stiff for the role. Nevertheless, his movies, especially Skyfall, were a big hit.
Daniel Craig’s fifth and final appearance in the role of James Bond will come in 2020. The untitled Bond 25 will be directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, with sparse details on the screenplay and setting. What’s clear is that Craig will be replaced by a new actor after it, with numerous high and low-profile names being thrown into the mix.
Time for a Radical Change?
Around the same time rumours went swirling about Craig’s successor, so did rumours about the franchise moving in a new direction. Many directors and producers have been pondering the idea of having a black or female Bond, with numerous actors suggested for the role. Some experts think that now’s the time for such a radical change to the dismay of many fans.
Actors such as Idris Elba and X-Files star Gillian Anderson have been name-dropped as potential Craig successors more than a few times. However, if we’re being honest, such a radical departure from the character Bond represents won’t happen at all.
On the other hand, bookies are full of ideas of who should replace Craig after the 2020 movie.
Who Should Replace Craig?
That’s the million-dollar question. There’s no question that Daniel Craig will be hard to replace, even though many Bond fans hate him. He’s been playing the role for nearly 15 years and he’s had quite a good run. Finding a new Bond is a difficult job for everyone involved in it, as the newly-minted super-spy should be a choice support as well.
For a long time, Idris Elba has been in the running, although the British actor squashed the rumours a few times. He stated that he’s not that interested to play Bond as it’s a defining role.
If you ask fans, Thor and Avengers star Tom Hiddleston is a perfect choice, just like Game of Thrones star Richard Madden. Tom Hardy has been a favourite of many for quite a long time, although we’ve yet to hear the actor’s thoughts on the role. Major names such as Henry Cavill, Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, and Charlie Hunnam have been mentioned as well.
However, some experts believe that the role should go to a younger actor and not a big name. Traditionally, the role of James Bond went to superstars such as Sean Connery or Roger Moore. The franchise didn’t have success with names such as George Lazenby and Timothy Dalton.
With still time ahead of us before Craig hangs up the gadgets and the shaken, not stirred martini (or Heineken), rumours regarding the next James Bond won’t settle anytime soon. As time passes, more and more actors will join the fray as possible replacements to Craig, with bookies offering odds on each. If you’d like to try your hand at something that is quite different than betting on sports, betting on the next Bond is a pretty exciting option.
If you want our opinion, we think it’s time for a change. Instead of picking a well-known actor, the next Bond should be a young, capable actor who won’t succumb to the media pressure and has nothing to lose. It’s time for a new James Bond to rise up and bring back the franchise on the right path.