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The top picks to succeed Daniel Craig as the next James Bond

With the next instalment of the James Bond franchise just around the corner, speculation surrounding who’ll be cast to succeed Daniel Craig in the role is intensifying!

British actor Daniel Craig [pictured above] will wear the famous tuxedo one final time in No Time To Die (Cary Joji Fukunaga) next year before making way for the next in line. So it’s now time to find his successor!

Unsurprisingly, British actors dominate the field to be cast as the next 007. London-born James Norton is most people’s favourite to take the role, though Scotsman Richard Madden is also heavily fancied. Irish-German Michael Fassbender and British-Malaysian Henry Golding are also believed to be interested, while Irishmen Cillian Murphy and Aidan Turner are thought to be in contention.

Stars like Gillian Anderson [pictured above] have been linked with being cast as the first-ever female Bond, and insiders suggest there’ll be a prominent female role in the new story. Other potential female candidates include Emily Blunt, Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron, Emilia Clarke, Jodie Comer, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Vicky McClure and Helen Mirren.

Recent YouGov data suggests that 51% of Bond’s British compatriots are ready to accept a female James Bond, and that appears to be a less controversial option than Bond being portrayed as from somewhere other than the UK; just 35% say they’d accept a non-British persona for 007.

The data also reveals that 29% of Brits would find it unacceptable for Bond to be black, while a further 13% admit to being unsure. Meanwhile, a gay Bond would be unacceptable to 40% of the UK population, and a further 13% are unsure, leaving just 47% who say they’d accept it. So, perhaps it’ll be some time before the franchise breaks with tradition when casting for their lead role.

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Here are our top five picks to be cast as the next James Bond:

  1. James Norton – The 34-year-old is best known for his work in British TV, where he has starred in dramas including Happy Valley and McMafia. He also played the title role in 2019’s Mr Jones and will feature in horror-thriller Things Heard and Seen next year.
  2. Richard Madden – Madden earned critical acclaim for his performance in the British TV thriller Bodyguard, collecting a Golden Globe for Best Actor. He recently played a lead role in war epic 1917 and is presently filming for Marvel’s upcoming picture, The Eternals.
  3. Tom Hiddleston – Perhaps best known to American audiences for his recent appearances in Avengers pictures Infinity War and Endgame, Hiddleston is a relative veteran of the big screen. He has also recently captured attention as Loki in the Thor franchise.
  4. Michael Fassbender – Born in Germany, Fassbender is remembered for his portrayal of Magneto in the X-Men series, after having appeared in 300 at the start of his bigscreen run. He received critical acclaim for his part as Edwin Epps in 12 Years a Slave.
  5. Idris Elba – The veteran of our shortlist [pictured above], Elba’s major picture debut came before the turn of the century and enjoyed critical breakthrough in 2010 for his role as Luther in the TV series of the same name.

We’re still in the dark for now, and we’re likely to remain so until after the release of Bond 25 in April 2020. While we wait, we can turn our excitement towards that new film and enjoy Craig’s last outing as 007.

By Marcella Dunstan - 23-12-2019

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