Who should be the next James Bond?

I didn’t see this covered in any of the myriad James Bond threads, so I thought I’d throw my opinion out there.

I think the next James Bond should be played by Rupert Everett. He’s physically perfect, can look scary when he wants to (something Brosnan and Moore could never accomplish), and he’s a tremendously good actor. Unfortunately, his casting is unlikely because the general American perception of him is as a “gay” actor, although he has been acting in all sorts of roles for years. The studio marketeers fear losing the macho American Joes who make up a big part of the Bond audience base and so will probably not even consider him.

Second runner-up would be Adrian Paul, if he can shake that awful “Highlander” stigma. He looks right, is very good with dialects, and can act surprisingly well. Of course, you have to sit though a few of those agonizing episodes to glean enough bits to tell that he can act.

I think they should throw the franchise wide open, let ANYBODY who wants to play James Bond play James Bond.

We could have Tom Cruise as the Stumpy Little James Bond. Keanu Reeves as the Stupid James Bond. Ralph Fiennes saying “The name is Bond; James Bond…but ecktually it is pronounced Rafe Fines.”

– Uke, whose favorite James Bond movie is CASINO ROYALE

Everett is a wonderful choice, isn’t he. I had heard (a while ago, and nothing since,) that Everett wanted to develop/was in the process of developing a spy series with a gay “Bond.” I don’t know the validity of the rumor, but I’d happily watch him in either series.

Roger Ebert (or was it someone else?) strongly supports Denzel Washington, who also has tremendous talent & debonarity (is that a word?)

I’m not sure who else I’d pick for Bond. Is Rupert Graves too short? Sexy as hell though.

Personally, I’d rather have a decent movie version of Mission: Impossible. One in the style of the 60’s series, not the abomination of the first film, or the action flick that was the second one. But that’s a different topic.

i really don’t see why Hollywood wouldn’t want Rupert Everret as 007. We’ve had gay men playing famous straight leads for years (see “The Brady Bunch”). But Pierce is doing fine for now. What they should really think aboot is coming up with some cooler villains. A guy with a bullet is his head? Who cares? It makes Bond’s attempt to kill him seem unnecessary. Where have all the lethal hats and steel teeth gone?

Well, if the current Bond (Pierce Brosnan) has the same longevity as Roger Moore, he will be playing Bond for another 10 or eleven years. So one should choose an actor that will be the right age in 10 years.

I vote for Macauley Culkin. I would love to see a James Bond that slaps aftershave on his cheeks and then screams like a little girl.

And then there are great actors of the past who, if we could resurrect or youthify them, would do a good job.

I would like to have seen Peter O’Toole in the role of James Bond, utilizing the charming and raffish character he portrayed in “How to Steal a Million.” However, a few too many bottles of Pinch have flowed under his bridge for this to be practical. (Sigh) What a ladykiller, with those bright blue eyes . . .

Mrs. Chalupa would sternly admonish me if I didn’t echo lucie’s comments and try to get the campaign started:
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…she’s stunned that he isn’t already…I mean, Brosnan’s okay an’ all, but c’mon, as Bond, he’s, well, kind of a wuss…

Re: Brosnan. I love the guy, but he is a terrible Bond. it’s the only role I have not loved Bosnan in. He’s just so candy-ass. Heck, I could slap the snot out of him, forget the bad guys. Maybe that’s why they keep giving him silly, wimpy bad guys. You think he’s last 5 minutes with Blofeld? With Goldfinger? With Dr. No? I think not.

Denzel is hot, no doubt about it, and a killer actor (“Fallen” is one of my favorite movies of the last couple years; he is so damned good in that), but could he really play an ultra-Brit superspy? Yes, I know Connery’s a Scot and Brosnan is Irish, but I’ve never seen Washington do a role requiring dialect. I think he is just too American.

Re: Brosnan. I love the guy, but he is a terrible Bond. it’s the only role I have not loved Bosnan in. He’s just so candy-ass. Heck, I could slap the snot out of him, forget the bad guys. Maybe that’s why they keep giving him silly, wimpy bad guys. You think he’s last 5 minutes with Blofeld? With Goldfinger? With Dr. No? I think not.

Denzel is hot, no doubt about it, and a killer actor (“Fallen” is one of my favorite movies of the last couple years; he is so damned good in that), but could he really play an ultra-Brit superspy? Yes, I know Connery’s a Scot and Brosnan is Irish, but I’ve never seen Washington do a role requiring dialect. I think he is just too American.

I’d nominate a relative unknown named Alexander Siddig (also known as Siddig El Fadil), born in the Sudan but raised in England. He played Dr. Bashir on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and his character liked to indulge in playing a Bond-type charcter in the holosuites. He was surprisingly good–don’t know what happened to him after the series, but he’d probably welcome the work. Sexy, too. :slight_smile:

And Dalton is Welsh. What? I’m one of the 10 people on earth who liked him.

I’d love to youthify Peter O’Toole to play Bond. Much better choice than my thought of the past, Montgomery Clift. (That’s just me. Don’t know how well he’d do, but I’d die happily in a puddle of my drool.)

Current, sexy, dangerous, and capable of accents. Russell Crowe?

Me.

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Dalton - he was my favorite! “Living Daylights” is my favorite Bond film. Unfortunately, “License to Kill” is my least favorite. I thought he didn’t really get a proper chance at the Bond character. I didn’t know he was Welsh, though. Never thought about it. A case of lust-induced brain freeze, I guess.

I thought about Russell Crowe as well, but “Gladiator” is the only thing I have seen him in so far and he was not the most impressive thing on the screen IMHO. Any time he was on with Olver Reed, Reed walked off effortlessly with the scene. Not very auspicious for Crowe’s watchability.

youthify? what a cool non-word. I must start using it immediately.

Norm McDonald
“Note to self . . . Sex with blow-up doll is not as good as advertised.”

What about Ewan MacGregor? He is good. Plus, I’m not gay, but I find him sexy as hell.

Got to go with Adrian Paul. I’ve always thought he was perfect for the role. Though, I’ve paid to see Highlander: The Endgame, so I may be tooperverted to have a valid opinion.

But seriously, Highlander aside, he is a good actor, and he can play many moods/types. Plus he has a debonair charm that Bond hasn’t had since Sean Connery. I’d wager that fans of the Connery Bond would vote for Adrian Paul–I’d love to see these two in any movie together.

Oh, lucie–check out Russel Crowe in “L.A. Confidential” he does have stage presence and a certain fascination, then watch “The Insider” and tell me it’s the same guy in all three films. Yeah, the guy can act.

Oh Baby! :wink:

He’s got my vote.

I think Bond needs to be younger now, make the movies hipper. In that realm, I’d say Jude Law of The Talented Mr. Ripley and eXistenZ.

ANSWER:Nobody.

Bond is; or I should say was, the product of the Cold War. The Cold War is over.

Bond is passe’. Out of touch & out of date.

It’s like trying to write the Lone Ranger into a WW2 scenario. He just doesn’t fit anymore.
It’s time for Bond to quietly fade away.