If Daniel Craig, for whatever reason, does not end up returning as James Bond for the next film, who would you cast in the iconic roll?
My James Bond history is a tad strange as I grew up watching many Bond fans’ least favorite: Die Another Day. This is the film that killed the 20-film long franchise and called for a reboot, which Daniel Craig stepped into. However, I loved Die Another Day and still have a lot of fun with it even to this day. It’s not without it’s flaws, but I would rank it much higher than many of the other Bond films on my list. Without a doubt, though, my two favorites are Casino Royale and Skyfall. These films are not only my two favorite Bond films, but they are also two of my all-time favorites films (out of the 1700 I’ve seen). As a kid, I loved playing the old 007 games on my Nintendo 64 and other consoles: Goldeneye, Nightfire, The World is Not Enough, etc. and Quantum of Solace was, and still is, one of my favorite Xbox 360 games, so it’s safe to say I know a decent bit about the character. In addition, I finally sat down and watched all of the Bond films back when Skyfall came out in 2012, and seeing how the character evolved through the actor was a very important part of the James Bond experience- the character is never stoic or stagnant and it’s the constantly changing personality from different actors that sort of defines him.
So, following my favorite James Bond, Daniel Craig- who could possibly step in to replace him? To answer this, we must pull apart the character and see what qualities make him up- and see what actor can fit all of those qualities, not just individually, but in summation especially.
To start: Bond is suave. A word that is overused (and some could say that the word has been tarnished and killed) is “swagger,” but James Bond is the king of it. This silver-tongued devil can seduce anyone into falling into his trap- and that’s part of what works best for his character. He’s the man that men want to be, and women want to be with; his sexuality is just as much a weapon as his Walther PPK 9mm handgun. His classy and gentlemanly behavior is a great factor in this, as he always knows how to make a woman feel special and loved- while (usually) ever letting any of them near his heart. While this seems like a bad move on his part, he is a secret agent first and foremost and it’s this secrecy that keeps him alive. He’ll never hit a woman, but he’ll hit every man he needs to in order to protect her from harm (unless you’re Sean Connery), and it’s the feminist twist that Daniel Craig gave to the character that I fell in love with.
I’m not a fan of the Connery Bond as he was not as much of a gentleman to women, which is a reason that the early incarnations of this character just don’t work for me. Bond is a lover and a fighter all of the time, but he only loves women and only fights men. As I would love to see a gay secret agent action film, the author and the studio are hellbent on keeping Bond straight, so we’ll have to look elsewhere for that. Bond was only married once, and I believe it was in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (the only George Lazenby Bond film), yet (SPOILERS) she died at the end. While Bond has loved and lost, he has only committed once in his life in the first 20 films. In Daniel Craig’s first outing as the character, we were given the best love story Bond has ever been a part of: with Vesper played by Eva Green. His love with that character defined him in the films, and it was a B-story (debatable-y, it was the A story) that the audience 100% got behind.
So, Bond is suave, and Bond is a gentleman. Not only that, but his wit and charm can get him out of any tough situation… unless we’re talking about the torture scene at the end of Casino Royale in which case his wit just digs him into a deeper whole. Either way, one cannot easily argue that his wit is not effective in whatever way he attempts to use it. His wit allows him to be the silver-tongued devil I have earlier referred to him as, and his cockiness allows this wit to not go unnoticed. He is not afraid to say what he means, even if it’s at the expense of the person his dialogue is targeted at- especially when that person is his enemy. His sexuality is a weapon to lovers, and hit wit is a weapon to enemies. To strengthen this quality of his, he is also extremely smart- and not just in the witty sense. He is able to think through situations and always make it out alive by considering all of his options, and choosing the best path. He is not a man I would want to fight. All of that being said, there is one trait that he is the master of, the one trait that gets him into these tough situations in the first place, and the trait that saves his live (and everyone else) constantly… He is extremely brave.
Name me another movie hero that risks his life day in and day out for the greater good, without having any type of superpower or tool to help him. First of all, congratulations if you can, because I’m having trouble. Secondly, please comment below the name of the character so that I may include it in this post, and give you credit for coming up with a great answer! James Bond jumps from helicopters, leaps from rooftops to rooftops, disarms bombs, races through traffic at insane speeds, dodges bullets, saves the girl, and wins every fight he’s in. He is tough, he is fast, and he is unrelenting when you are his mission; I would never pick a fight with James Bond because you never know what kind of mess you’ll end up being. Like I said, it’s this bravery that gets him both in and out of life-threatening situations; M might call it carelessness, but I call it guts. Of course, one of the most important qualities of Bond is his relationship with Q and all of the gadgets that come with that. What would Bond be without his fancy cars with the cannons on the side, the watches that shoot lasers, and everything else that saves his life at the most opportune times (okay, I guess he does have tools to help him, but even if he didn’t he would be fine!).
So, taking all of those qualities into consideration: his suave attitude, gentlemanly behavior, witty charm, insane bravery, fighting abilities, level of secrecy, and capability to be a tender lover- who could be cast as the next James Bond 007? My pick would have to be Loki himself, Tom Hiddleston. Of course, I am not the only one who thinks this as Hiddleston is a popular vote for the recasting, and I agree with the idea 100%. He can fit all of these qualities, and he is young enough to be able to play the character in 5-6 movies until being recast himself. I definitely think that he is able to fit all of the qualities mentioned as Tom Hiddleston himself fits all of those qualities even without trying to portray Bond. Anyways, those are just my thoughts- who would you cast in the role? Do you think Bond will ever be homosexual, bisexual, pansexual, etc, or do you think the studio will keep him straight for the foreseeable future? I’d love to know your thoughts? As always, thanks for reading and I’ll see you soon!