“Bond, James Bond.” But who’s next? The first was Sean Connery, then James Lazenby, Connery again, then along came Roger Moore, followed by Timothy Dalton, then Pierce Brosnan, and now Daniel Craig has continued the legacy of the popular British spy film series.
Now with the worldwide success of the new “James Bond” film “Spectre” that stars Craig, the big question remains, who will replace him?
Craig has stated in an interview that he would rather “slit his wrists than do another [Bond] film.” He made his success in independent movies, but the British international espionage franchise has put him on the global picture map. Now that “Spectre” is done Bond fans and the studio can look to the future.
Here are some future suggestions for the international man. Firstly, Idris Elba’s name has been thrown around, campaigned for on social media, and even rejected by one of the film’s writers stating that Elba was “too street” to play the role.
Whatever the case, Elba is a contender as audiences have seen him to be extremely versatile: from playing the hard nose detective Luther in the hit British TV series of the same name, and he shocked American viewers with his role in “The Wire.” Elba has also made appearances in popular comic book-to-film adaptations such as “Thor” and “Thor: the Dark World,” among other films. Elba has my vote.
Secondly, another actor who is no stranger to playing deep characters like Elba is Chiwetel Ejiofor. Ejiofor has starred in “12 Years A Slave,” “American Gangster,” “Salt” opposite Angelina Jolie Pitt, and he has starred in two big blockbuster movie hits: “2012,” and this year’s “The Martian.” Ejiofor like Elba can go deep into his roles maybe even deeper.
And finally, these next two Bond contenders have some luck about them. In fairness, they both have Irish luck. Colin Farrell is Irish, and Dominic Purcell was raised by an Irish mother and Norwegian father.
Both Farrell and Purcell are no strangers to playing superheroes, like Farrell as Bullseye in 2003’s “Daredevil,” and Purcell currently as Heatwave in the hit TV series “The Flash.” In other words, they both know about action and the drama. While Farrell has shined in roles where the movies have either been successful or have failed, Purcell too has shined but his movies list is shorter than Farrell’s.
Purcell may have a long ways to go, but he – like Farrell – can bring a brand new dynamic to the Bond role.