Poll | After Daniel Craig, who should be the next James Bond?

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 15, 2015 15:38 IST
The name’s Cumberbatch, Stevens, Egerton, Fassbender, Hardy and Harington.

Daniel Craig’s tenure as Commander James Bond is drawing to a close. His four Bond movies have successfully redefined a classic character. His version of Bond is, for many, the quintessential depiction of Bond. To make a person that was already so well defined couldn’t have been easy, but Craig’s emotionally resonant turn made him the action star of the generation.

Then came the rather surprising revelations of his growing resentment for the character. We got a sense that he was disrespecting the role that made him a star. Sure, working on such huge movies is bound to take a toll, but when the face of a franchise says that he would rather slit his wrists than play Bond again, we worry.

But James Bond will always endure, despite bitter actors and crappy movies. Very soon we will have a new actor playing him. There are already rumblings, and we’ve decided to put forward out own two cents on the matter. Here is our list of potential Bond replacements. Don’t forget to vote for your favourite below.

Kit Harington – Some may say he’s too meek, others may accuse him of not being rugged enough to play the superspy. But to those people we say this: Jon Snow is not dead. Harington played a spook in the Spooks movie, and we’re sure he’ll lead Bond into a sleek new direction.

Michael Fassbender – We’re sure you guys remember those scenes from X-Men: First Class where Fassbender, dressed in spiffy ‘60s do, went on the hunt for the Nazis who killed his family. His character was closely modeled on a classic Bond so including him on this list is sort of a no-brainer. Just imagine His Suaveness as he saunters into a dingy underground gambling den with the express intention of killing the evil smugglers and you’ll know what we’re talking about.

Benedict Cumberbatch – Cumberbatch commands the screen in an oddly twisted way. He has the voice, certainly, and also some of the dry wit that Bond is so well known for. Basically he fits the bill better than anyone else on this list. Except maybe, Christian Bale, who, as we understand, isn’t on this list.

Dan Stevens – For those of you who’ve watched/enjoyed/debated about the stupendous thriller The Guest, where Dan Stevens gave the performance of his career, his name will seem like the most inspired choice for the role of James Bond. Just look at the guy!

Taron Egerton – Here’s our pitch: A yound Bond and a young Q are BFFs at an elite academy where a new kid approaches them. He is the devious but lovable guy who played Joffrey. Intrigued?

Tom Hiddleston – If there’s one problem with the Marvel movies it’s this: Their villains suck. With the exception of just one guy: Tom Hiddleston’s Loki. No wonder they keep stuffing him into as many movies as possible. But tell us this: doesn’t his charm simply scream Bond?

Tom Hardy – So what if he’s short? Hasn’t Tom Cruise’s career taught you anything? Tom Hardy can play anyone and anything. So logically, playing Bond shouldn’t be too much of a stretch.

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