After 16 years, five films and one rather questionable pink tuxedo, Daniel Craig’s tenure as James Bond is over.
Although we are still not quite sure what it is Quantum of Solace, we know that Craig has acted in some of the best films in the franchise, and it will be difficult for the one who succeeds him in the role of secret agent 007.
Who will be the new Bond is an extremely important decision.
Earnings at the box office largely depend on choosing the right actor for the role.
“Bond is not just a suit on the red carpet and an expensive watch on your hand,” says Mark O’Connell, author of the book. Catching Bullets: A Memoir of a Bond Fan.
“He must be a movie star, a franchise ambassador, a media diplomat, an anointed of British culture and the real face of a billion-dollar product.
“He must be immediately recognizable around the world as James Bond. It has to look good, be able to hold attention and dominate on cinema screens the size of football fields. “
Of course, every new Bond will probably want to pay tribute to those who were in that role before him, “but he will bring his own qualities to that role,” O’Connell notes.
“It’s not necessary to be THAT man right away, Daniel Craig was not when he got the role in 2005. However, over time, he became one – something that producer Barbara Broccoli had to instill in him for more than a year through talks about entering Bond’s suit.” .
So, who could it be?
There are several candidates whose names have been mentioned in recent years.
Let’s start with the basics: one thing we know is that (and) the next Bond will be a man.
“James Bond can be any color, but he is a man,” said producer Barbara Broccoli 2020.
“I believe we should create new characters for women – strong female characters. I’m not particularly interested in a male character playing a woman. I think women are much more interesting than that. “
With that in mind, you will hardly find a man more than Toma Hardija, an actor who was in the roles of tough guys – he played both twins Cray in Legend, we watched him in the movies Venom, Dunkirk i Mad Max: Fury Road.
With such roles, it is easy to understand why Hardy has been considered a betting favorite for the future James Bond for some time.
He himself hinted at something like that back in 2012: “I would like to play Bond directed by Christopher Nolan or someone like that. That would be great. “
However, at the age of 44, there is a risk that he may have missed the train.
It is worth remembering that Daniel Craig was James Bond for 15 years.
If he stayed in the role of Bond for so long, Hardy would reach the age of 60.
Age is also considered a potential barrier to Idris Elbu (49), who was the favorite to take on that role for at least a decade, especially after his extremely convincing role in Stringer Bell in The Wire.
“Cars, ladies, martinis. So, who would want that? Sounds awful. ” joked Elba 2016.
However, the actor admitted that he may be “too old” to take on the role of Bond.
“Sean Connery and George Lessenby were barely 30 when they got the role of Bond.
“As Craig and his injuries will testify, it is difficult to play Bond with the expectations of the audience to watch the action. It’s a role for a junior agent, “O’Connell said.
Watch the video: Daniel Craig’s Farewell to the Role of Secret Agent 007
So which younger actors could you consider?
King-Jean Pejdž, who is 33 years old, is certainly not without chances – every time he stepped on a red carpet he looked like he was auditioning for secret agent 007.
You can’t ignore someone who wears a tuxedo as well as he does, and the wind in his back was given to him by one former Bond, Pierce Brosnan, who said he would was great in the role of Agent 007.
Paige, however, remained on the ground commenting on the rumors.
“If you’re British and do something that’s appreciated, then people start saying the word ‘B’.” he told the tnight show earlier this year.
“It’s like a medal of merit.
“I am very glad to have an order and I am glad to be in such a wonderful circle of people who already have that order. But it’s just a label. “
Game of Thrones Star (Game of Thrones) Richard Mejthe is another actor who could be in the race, mainly thanks to his role in the BBC drama Bodyguard which required him to wear a tuxedo, drive a car in a firefight and know how to handle a weapon.
And it is quite correct and reasonable for the producers to take into account some new Scottish talent, having in mind that the first actor to play James Bond in the film series was the late Sean Connery.
But Maiden, 35, also softened the rumors.
He told GQ magazine 2018 that he was “more than flattered to be mentioned” about Bond, but added: “Everyone likes to talk about it. But I am only the current option. It will be different next week. “
Similarly, James Norton, another in a series of actors mentioned, he told Ivning standard that Bond is an icon that means a lot to many, so there is an inevitable amount of speculation.
“But these are just speculations. “Very flattering speculation.”
The problem with these actors is that they rank well with bookmakers.
Although it sounds like a good thing at first glance, the producers have chosen someone far less obvious for the role of Bond in the past, maybe on purpose.
“It’s worth remembering that a year or two after Pierce Brosnan’s last film as Bond [Umri drugi dan iz 2002.], bookmakers never mentioned a guy named Daniel Craig because they were obsessed with Clive Owen after he once wore a tuxedo in another movie, “O’Connell said.
“There’s always a ‘bookmaker’s favorite’ and it’s usually some handsome actor who launches a new TV show for the weekend with a cunning marketing team that creates such rumors,” he adds.
Could that jeopardize the chances of some other favorites related to the world of TV drama, like Aidan Turner, Take Hidlstone i Kilijana Marfija?
Maybe, but we still wouldn’t bet on any of them.
Which brings us further to the question – who could be the less obvious choice?
You may not have heard of it before Toma Hopera, but Maiden’s colleague from the Game of Thrones series in October suddenly became interesting to bookmakers, although he was previously considered a great outsider.
Before the jump of his shares on the stock exchange for the new Bond, the odds that he would be the next secret agent of the MI6 service was 100 to one.
But by the end of October, the odds on him were 3-1 after rumors that he was shortlisted by producer Barbara Broccoli.
Rupert Adams, a spokesman for the bookmaker William Hill, admitted at the time that they were caught.
“Tom Hopper was completely off our radar, but he is now a solid candidate,” he added.
The 36-year-old has had roles in TV series such as Casualty, Doctors i The Umbrella Academy, and appeared with Amy Shamer in the film I Feel Pretty from 2018
Who else could come to mind?
Irish actor Jamie Dornan drew attention to the roles in Fifty shades of grey i Belfast Kenneth Brane. It should not be written off lightly.
Klajva Stendena, the stars of the TV series Taken (based on the film trilogy of the same name) and Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy rich Asians), many also praised.
Glumac iz Supermena Henri Kavil was actually in the option to play Bond last time and many then estimated that he was runner-up after Daniel Craig.
Cavill was in his early twenties at the time, probably too young for the role, which means that his chances could be better this time.
“At this stage, everything is still uncertain. We’ll see what happens. But yes, I would love to play Bond, it would be very, very exciting. ” said Cavill for GQ 2020.
O’Connell concludes: “I’ve always said that the next Bond will be someone we all know, but it never occurred to anyone to mention him.”
The names that I would put in the circle of candidates for drinking vodka martini, shaken, not mixed, would be: Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Invisible Man), Haris Dikinson (King’s man), George McKay (1917), with Smith (Last night in Soho), Pol Meskal (Normal people) and Nikolas Holt (Great). “
As speculation continues, there is only one thing we can really be sure of.
As the viewers were told at the end of the film Nije time to die: James Bond will be back.
Source: Dnevni list Danas by www.danas.rs.
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