Bond. James Bond.
The line is one of the most immortal in cinematic history and well-known to film fans throughout the world. But who might utter it next? After Daniel Craig confirmed in 2017 that he will only reprise the iconic role one last time, speculation has swirled as to who his successor will be.
Here are the latest odds from Coral as to who the next James Bond might be as well as a look at some outside contenders and the life and career of Daniel Craig.
Actor Daniel Craig has portrayed the iconic James Bond 007 since Casino Royale in 2006
Actor Tom Hardy is seen as a natural choice for James Bond thanks to his dashing looks, build and impressive film resume that includes action films such as 2001’s Black Hawk Down, 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises and 2017’s Dunkirk.
Hardy also received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor in 2015’s The Revenant, attesting to his talent on the silver screen.
Could up-and-coming star James Norton be changing his surname to Bond anytime soon?
Odd makers peg his chances as fairly high, perhaps not surprising considering his growing resume and numerous awards and nominations such a 2015 nomination for Best Supporting Actor by the British Academy Television Awards for his role in Happy Valley on BBC. He also boasts a growing a Hollywood filmography, including appearances in 2016’s War and Peace and 2017’s Flatliners.
The handsome Jack Huston could also be perfect as the next James Bond.
The 35-year old actor made a name for himself after appearing in 2010’s The Twilight Saga: Eclipse before being showered with accolades for his role in 2013’s American Hustle. He’s also appeared in the 2016 remake of the classic Hollywood epic Ben-Hur.
Up-and-coming star Aidan Turner has increasingly become a familiar face to film and TV fans, meaning that landing an iconic role like James Bond would be a natural next step for him.
Turner has appeared in the 2015 adaptation of The Poldark Novels on BBC as well as in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy.
Rumors of Idris Elba being cast as the next James Bond have circulated for more than a year. The acclaimed actor and recipient of numerous BET Award, Golden Globe Award and Primetime Emmy Award nominations and wins would break ground as being the first person of color to play James Bond, a role that’s traditionally only been held by white men. Given Hollywood’s recent push to diversify, casting Elba as Bond would seem like a stroke of brilliance.
In addition, Elba would also bring extensive experience to the role, having appeared in the Thor film series, 2013’s Pacific Rim, 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and 2017’s The Dark Tower.
Elba could be out of the running, however, as it’s recently emerged that his fiance doesn’t want him to play Bond.
The London-based actor would bring an impressive repertoire of film, TV and stage experience to the James Bond role.
Hiddleston has appeared in a number of hit films in recent years, including 2011’s Thor, 2012’s The Avengers and 2017’s Kong: Skull Island. Landing the role of James Bond would certainly cement his reputation as one of Hollywood’s rising stars.
Cillian Murphy, a film and theater star fromIreland, is also seen as a serious possibility as the next James Bond.
Murphy has won and been nominated for numerous accolades and has also appeared in a number of notable films over the years, including The Dark Knight trilogy, 2002’s 28 Days Later and 2010’s Inception.
Given that Danny Doyle is slated to direct the next installment of the James Bond franchise and could helm the series after Craig’s departure, Murphy could be a serious contender to play 007 in the future, given their history of working together in films like Sunshine and 28 Days Later.
Like Idris Elba, Daniel Kaluuya would make history as the first nonwhite actor to play James Bond.
The Londoner is seen as an up-and-coming star in the film world, most recently appearing in the blockbuster Black Panther. He also boasts critical acclaim, having been nominated for an Academy Award, SAG Award, Golden Globe Award and BAFTA Award for his lead role in the 2017 film Get Out.
It’s not too hard to picture acclaimed actor Michael Fassbender as the next James Bond either.
The film and TV veteran has consistently received acclaim from critics and audiences alike and also boasts an impressive filmography that includes 2006’s 300, 2011’s X-Men: First Class, 2013’s 12 Years a Slave and 2015’s Steve Jobs.
Cavill has made no secret of his aspirations to be the next James Bond.
The London-based actor would bring both critical acclaim and quite a bit of big budget film experience to the role, having appeared as Superman in 2013’s Man of Steel and 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. He also plays a key role in the upcoming film Mission: Impossible – Fallout, so it’s probably not too much of a stretch to picture him in yet another spy thriller like the James Bond franchise.
The Northern Ireland-based actor is another rising star in both TV and film and is also seen as another possibility to play Bond himself. He’s best-known for his role as Christian Grey in the popular Fifty Shades of Grey series.
Jamie Bell could be a dark horse candidate to play James Bond.
In 2016, Bell was reportedly in talks with producers to become the next James Bond. The veteran actor would bring an extensive resume to the role, having appeared in 2000’s Billy Elliot, 2005’s King Kong and 2015’s Fantastic Four.
Who else could play James Bond?
It’s not outside the realm of possibility that the next James Bond might not be a James at all. According to Coral, currents odds at a female version of the legendary character are currently pegged at 12/1.
Star Wars actor John Boyega is also an outside possibility, currently pegged at 33/1 odds. Established star Ryan Gosling is another long-shot possibility, coming in at 50/1 odds per Coral.
A few other possibilities include the following actors and their odds:
- Harry Styles at 50/1 odds
- Benedict Cumberbatch at 100/1 odds
- Orlando Bloom at 100/1 odds
- Christian Bale at 125/1 odds
- Gerard Butler at 125/1 odds
- Will Smith at 150/1 odds
- Ewan McGregor at 150/1 odds
Who is Daniel Craig?
Daniel Craig is an actor best-known as the current James Bond in the long-running franchise.
Craig was born in Chester, UK on March 2, 1968.
After graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London in 1991, he steadily built up his resume by appearing in films such as 1995’s A Kid in King Arthur’s Court, 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and 2005’s Munich.
He made his debut as James Bond in 2006 in Casino Royale, succeeding Pierce Brosnan as the titular character. He has since starred as the iconic spy in 2008’s Quantum of Solace, 2012’s Skyfall and 2015’s Spectre.
What is Daniel Craig’s net worth?
He draws his wealth from his longtime success in the film business, particularly from his iconic James Bond roles in recent years.