Every man, at some point in his life, wishes he could be James Bond. And with the news that Daniel Craig may well be out as 007, there are a whole bunch of actors from London to Los Angeles wondering what they could bring to the role. Here are a few choices we have in mind. Let us know your own thoughts on your own choice.
The English Bond: Christian Bale
Well, Welsh, but close enough. Everyone knows he can act, and everybody knows he can do action movies. But what might surprise some people, assuming they haven’t seen American Psycho, is that he’s also got a way with irony and looks damn good in sharp suits. Put all that together and you’ve got the makings of a very good Bond.
The Australian Bond: Guy Pearce
Pearce would be the second Australian character to play (after George Lazenvy in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service), and if the producers are literally looking to replace Craig, who brought gravitas and brawn to Bond, but not much in the way of charm, they won’t do much better than this guy. His resume to date looks an awful lot like Craig’s, pre-Casino Royale, and he can deliver all the requisite intensity and physicality.
The American Bond: Jon Hamm
An American as Bond? Hear us out. The trick to playing Bond is to give the character a sense of duality – to be both charming and menacing, dangerous and dashing – and over the past few years, Hamm’s Don Draper has been all those things and more. Throw in his goofy appearances on Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock, and you get a sense of just how fun Hamm’s Bond could be. Plus the man knows how to wear a tux.
The Next-Generation Bond: Sam Worthington
Sean Connery was young – thirty-two – when he first took on Bond, and it would be nice if the producers could find a younger guy who could play the character for a while to come. Problem is, most younger actors these days are kind of weenies (we’re looking at you, Pattinson). But Worthington might be able to pull it off. He’s got the whole swagger thing down pat, and if he could loosen up a little and have some fun with the part, there’s no telling how long he could be clocking in as 007.