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Top 10 Actors Who Should Play James Bond Subscribe /> After Daniel Craig’s roles in Casino Royale, Skyfall, Quantum of Solace and Spectre, which actor will be cast as the next James Bond and sit in the famous Aston Martin seat in Ian Fleming's 007 spy movie franchise. WatchMojo looks at possible castings Eric Bana, Idris Elba, Mathew Goode, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Clive Owen, Damian Lewis, Tom Hiddleston, Tom Hardy, Hugh Jackman, Colin Farrell, etc. Previous actors who have used Q’s amazing gadgets and reported to M (played by Judi Dench) in Goldeneye, Casino Royale, Goldfinger, Dr No, From Russia, With Love and Octopus include Roger Moore, Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan, Timothy Dalton and Daniel Craig. Could Bond be played by a woman? /> WatchMojo's social media pages: /> /> /> Special thanks to our users Glen Vloemans and Hagen Nelson for submitting the idea on our Interactive Suggestion Tool at /> Check out the voting page here, /> Watch on WatchMojo: /> Get WatchMojo merchandise at /> WatchMojo’s ten thousand videos on Top 10 lists, Origins, Biographies, Tips, How To’s, Reviews, Commentary and more on Pop Culture, Celebrity, Movies, Music, TV, Film, Video Games, Politics, News, Comics, Superheroes Your trusted authority on ranking Pop Culture.

Top 10 actors who shouldn't play James Bond.
Alex Menyar
I’m not a racist but James Bond 007 can’t be black. Can we even imagine Jules Winnfield from Pulp Fiction as a redhead ?!!!
City Nature
№1 ?!! - Oh, that liberal media with their f*in political correctness. Why not Whoopi Goldberg? )))
Krifnejr Nfnfjfjg
So Henry Cavill isn't on this list which is absolutely ridiculous considering his performance in The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Michael Fassbender as Bond!!!
Barton Porter
MIchael Fassbender is my pick!
Joe Cap
Sean Connery at 87 would still be better--
the Revolution
I love tom hardy but I think he would be a better bond villain than 007 himself
Heyy Now
We need another Sean Connery.
To Number 1: NO! Don´t even think about it! This would be the biggest Mistake that would happen in the whole James Bond Franchise. Idris Elba is a very good Actor but the Role of Bond is definetly NOT for him. It has nothing to do with Racism or Sexism, it´s just about a TRADITION that has to be respected what was written from Ian Fleming. James Bond is a MAN and he is WHITE. Don´t touch that and just keep it how it is!
James Bond is white
1- Clive Owen 2-Clive Owen 3-Clive Owen 4-Clive Owen 5-Clive Owen Need i continue? I think i've made my point
Paata Chakhvashvili
IDRIS ELBA?! WTF?! If Ian Fleming was alive, he would kill himself watching black James Bond :D
Linn B
1 - Michael Fassbender Charming - Handsome - Intelligent Too famous? 2 - Ioan Gruffodd Handsome - Charismatic - Masculine A talented overlooked actor! Perfect as James Bond! 3 - Dan Stewens Beautiful - Charismatic - Firm I think it could work. 4 - Richard Armitage Seductive - Masculine - Handsome Unique eyes like Moore. 5 - Mathhew Goode Handsome - Charming - Tall I loved Moore, so for me it would be a good choice. 6 - Clive Owen Masculine - Handsome - Strong Always been perfect for the role, but may be too old now. 7 - Benedict Cumberbatch Charismatic - Handsome - Unique One of our best actors, but it would be daring.. - Damian Lewis Great actor, YES, but he simply doesn't have it! - Idris Elba.   Great actor as well, but being a black female myself, I actually feel, that this has everything to do with PC bullshit, & not the BEST choice. - Tom Hardy. Good actor, but his lips are to feminin.. - Hugh Jackman, Eric Bana, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.. Lets try and keep it british.. Yes I know Fassbender, but at least 50% of him comes from one of the british islands.. Sorry but I just like the tradition, keep it british! And yes I know Lazenby, but it was early & no he shouldn't have had it either.  - Colin Farrel. Hahaha!!
I don't agree with this list.
Bee Sky
James McAvoy may not be the first person you think of when casting a new James Bond, but think again. He is a completely versatile actor, and can evolve the character. McAvoy is incredibility charming, and witty, therefore people would fall in love with him as James Bond. As we all know McAvoy is handsome and suave. He killed it in the movie " Wanted ", therefore exhibiting his ability to portray a action hero, and beefing up at the same time. He shows the audience that he can always get the girl, therefore what else would we need from James Bond, but James McAvoy?
White and from the UK
Jo Har
Ridicilous. Black James Bond? let's already make him gay. Even better: lesbian female Bond, so no one is offended. People has gone crazy.
Mr Polémik
I knew that you would give idriss alba N°1... Pure demagogy !!
I like idris as an actor but him being James bond is going against the source material
Justin Katsopolis
Jason Statham would be a great choice also for James Bond.
Idris Elba shouldn't be on the list
No Henry Cavill? For real?
Tom Egelhoff
Clive Owen — Hands down — the rest are just wimpy pretty boy window dressing. Bond was an actual man until political correctness neutered him. That's how we got Craig. Owen is a real man.
Jack McFord
Gordon Ramsay should play James Bond!
Miro Malbasic
Maybe Clive Owen or Michael Fassbender...
Joe Heasley
Hair color and other makeup is an equalizer in Anglo contenders. After watching Thor, I consider Chris Hemsworth a viable contender as a fit for Bond.
Reagan King
Henry Cavill.
bane banely
Actually now that I think about it. Clive Owen would absolutely crush that role. In a good way I mean. He's someone I'd love to see as Bond. Hes so smooth and calm and angry. Sin City ? "Im Shelley's new boyfriend...and im out of my mind..."
Michael Medcalf
Definitely Michael Fassbender
Abhishek Sharma
Age is not on his side but would've loved to see Clive Owen as bond.
Tom Hiddleston, Clive Owen, and Michael Fassbender are top for me. I think Clive and Michael would make a great, classical bond, but I'd love to see how Tom Hiddleston might pull it off cuz I don't think he's really the typical Bond type of guy. I would also love to see Idris Elba in the role, but there is some merit in the arguments for the fact that Bond is... well, white. However, Hollywood has a looong history of casting white actors to play characters of other races, so why not vice versa?
Joost Hermes
Clive Owen, he will be Bond...
johnny karate
I think Colin Firth would do well as 007
Son of Gondor
Jon Hamm
Maybe Bruce Willis should play Axel Foley in Beverly Hills Cop 4. Let's test to see how well that would be received to expose the inevitably hypocritical backlash that would be showcased by the same people (Liberals, SJWS, and extreme progressives) that push for Caucasian characters to be black. Politics aside... Tom Hardy would be the quintessential James Bond actor. No questions about it.
Bee Sky
PS I'm not saying that your choices aren't good contenders, but how could you leave out McAvoy. Obviously you must not be familiar with his resume nor his charm.
viraj sawant
fassenbender or cavill
Maria Luisa Gomes
Daniel Craig is the best Bond.
Brachial Plexus
and leonardo di caprio should play the black panther
Sad Keanu
Christopher Nolan's James Bond Christian Bale As James Bond Morgan Freeman As Q Michael Caine As M Marion Cotilard As Moneypenny Aaron Eckhart As Felix Leiter Anne Hathaway As The Bond Girl Gary Oldman As The Bond Villain Tom Hardy As The Henchman Leonardo DiCaprio As The Bond Ally Cillian Murphy As 2nd Bond Villain Ken Watanbe As The 2nd Bond Ally Guy Pearce As The 3rd Bond Villain Pure Christopher Nolan Casting
Henry Cavill :D
Not Idris Elba, Bond is not black. Not Colin Farrell, Bond can be Irish but not Irish sounding. Not Tom Hardy, he's too famous. Not Christian Bale, also too famous.
Jordan Denny
Hello, why isn't Mike Myers on this
Achilles Zalman
It is not racist to think that certain roles should remain white.
Devi Parasar
I'm not getting the bond vibe from any of them.
Jeff Adams
Clive Owen.
Corentin Fiévet
Fassbender would be by far the best
Daniel Fronc
Any actor to become Bond must fulfill a few mandatory requirements for him to be convincing as Bond. He must be : 1). Suave and debonair yet capable of ruthlessness on screen 2) Be very convincing as a British agent 3) Be relatively young and virile so that we don't get another "4 movies and out" actor (Roger Moore was older than Connery when he took over. No AARP Bonds please). Furthermore, It's imperative that the actor is NOT better known in life than on screen, e.g.. Hugh Jackman. As a "Bond" we'd always be seeing them first as the established, veteran actor such as Jackman rather than as Bond. Also, they can't be female or any race rather than Caucasian to sell them as Bond. I'm a massive fan of Idris Elba but as a Bond? No. Based on the above I'd propose: 1) Henry Cavill - pure casting genius 2) Matthew Goode - an excellent versatile actor with a chameleom like ability to look totally different in different roles. 3) Clive Owen - a great actor but maybe too old. Anyone seen him in "Inside Job" - just fantastic. 4) Michael Fassbender - Another great actor but again possibly too old. I just couldn't buy into Tom Hardy due to his facial features plus I don't think he'd want to be tied down to a minimum of 4 movies plus a studio exercised option for 2 more. Really the one and only choice is Cavill.
Ray Lamascus
Clive Owen
Marv Duce
Pierce brosnan played it the best , he had the smooth suave British secret agent feel naturally. Im not taking anything away from the other 007s before & after his time. Hes just the 007 for us 90s babies
J Morris
Clive Owen!
Svetlozar Kosev
Clive Owen!
Shakespeare In Love
Robert Pattinson age 32 would make a great young Janes Bond.
Ella Nat Wonderwall
I'd love to see Nikolaj as James Bond, such an underrated actor.
lee Clarke
Anyone else notice the SJW programming that is both everywhere and hypocritical? We are told that a black man should be Bond and that it is a 'misguided backlash' if anyone dares say Bond is a talisman of traditional Englishness, not a modern version which should otherwise include all races. But when white-skinned Scarlett Johanssen played a far less iconic, Oriental character in 'Ghost In The Shell,' that move was globally condemned as 'white -washing' and no one dared say otherwise. In other words, famous white fictional characters are fair game to be changed into different ethnic identities but if the converse happens it is morally wrong and an example of white oppression. Welcome to the double standard world of SJW politics. And before the predictable backlash that I am racist, I would fully support, and pay to see, a movie franchise about '006,' played by a black man or even a woman but when it comes to Bond, or other iconic Englishmen like Sherlock Holmes, can't we just pretend to extend the same racial sensitivities to white interests instead of this current fashion to be universally against them?
Electro Drives
Michael Fassbender or Tom Hardy,
Try Thinking For a change
Just end the series. The new stories are so far fetched it isn't worth watching anyway. Nothing but computer generated action - ugh.
Mrs Potato Head
Andrew Lincoln is Britsh! But I think that Jeffrey Dean Morgan would be good too!
Zip Jones
Andrew Lincoln!!!!!!
Sim Cl
Rowan Atkinson. Period.
Tom hiddleston or Richard Armitage ... best of the list!
Johnny Power
Clive Owen
Jared Pahl
Let's stop beating around the bush. As great as Idris Elba is (or any other non-white actor for that matter), it is downright ludicrous to pretend like you could change an iconic character's race and then expect an audience to just go along with it. As of now, you can reasonably suspend your disbelief and buy the notion that Connery, Lazenby, Moore, Dalton, Brosnan, and Craig were all the same person. If that person suddenly becomes black, there is absolutely NO WAY you'd buy it. The illusion would be shattered. The codename theory at least legitimizes it in some way, but a non-white actor CANNOT play the same James Bond character as all the rest. If they did, it would cease to be James Bond.
User OBD
Clive Owen deserves a number 1 spot!
Clive Owen would be the most natural choice frankly...
Lars Armbrecht
Bale would be great, or Tom Hiddleston
There is absolutely no way I'll see a movie with a black James Bond. Now when they have a white guy play MLK, then maybe I would see it. I agree with Achilles Zalman that some roles should remain white, and this is political correctness gone crazy. As a matter of fact, anybody who read Ian Flemings 'Live and let die' would know that Fleming was a big time racist. Lastly this isn't me being racist, it's just me saying enough is enough with political correctness gone bat shit crazy.
Definity, Clive Owen.
Turkey Bowlwinkle
I don't care who the next Bond is as long as he plays it more campy.
Given that Henry Cavill only lost the role to Daniel Craig because he was too young and he's now 10 years older, he should be at the top of this list.
orlando magic
clive owen would definetely be the reasonable choice! for me aside from of course sean connery, pierce brosnan was the perfect fit to ever played the role of bond! bond is not about muscle but looks, charisma and the confidence to have that swag!
Krzysztof Pelon
Idris Elba as Bond and then Conchita Wurst as Wonder Woman. And maybe OJ Simpson playing Pope.
The Republic Of Ireland
Clive Owen FTW!
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No One above mentioned
No black James Bond. No way. I would not see that movie.
#10 no #9 no #8 no #7 no #6 no #5 no #4 maybe 🤔 I like this guy #3 probably no #2 maybe, but #4 is better. #1 I am okay for this. I still like #4 overall.
Karol Sivák
Jason Statham
Plo Koon
Thomas Connery
Short Round
Lol let’s get Rosie O’Donnell for bond. Is that politically correct enough?
E Miff
Mathew Goode definitely
What about Gabriel Macht....Harvey specter:)
You made an interesting video about who should play the next James Bond; then, you totally shattered your credibility with your painfully obvious, politically correct choice, of Idris Alba. First, Mr. Alba, who no doubt is a fine actor, is Black, which in and of itself would be problematic for many people, as James Bond is supposed to be British and has always been portrayed by White men. Second, I could have lived with this interesting potential choice; however, in your twisted fashion you had to go the extra distance and make him your #1 choice. This shows you did not merely intend to be fair, which would have been laudable, but you also intended to be offensive. Well your offensiveness has ensured I will never waste my time watching your drivel again.
I literally leaped out of my seat at seeing Richard Armitage on this list. YES PLEASE.
I want to see Jason Statham play the role of James Bond
Joe Blackner
Clive Owen for sure.
This list is bs where is jason statham
My vote is for Andrew Lincoln.
Clive Owen would be awesome. Definitely my choice.
Milk Tub
You know what I like about this list? Watch Mojo only picked British people, which is HOW IT SHOULD BE. Tonnes of people say that some random american actors should be, well they shouldn't, it's a British role!
Black Specter
Chris Pine
Yayface 0305
And for all those who still can’t accept the possibility of a black man playing a good James Bond: If we take one of the best and most logical theories of the whole film series James Bond is not one single man but a secret title of a certain agent position from the MI6 passed from one person to another. Like Q, M or maybe even Money Penny. Which would make it even logical that there has always been a James Bond for this long time who often changed his apperiance and character over and over and still exists up to today. So it would be perfectly comprehensible that the next one taking the position could be black.
filipa miranda
I think Simon Baker would be great as James Bond
Jonathan Szuhai
Idris Elba as James Bond? What next, Brad Pitt as Dolemite? Jackie Chan as Shaft? Antonio Banderas as the Shredder?
A_ M
An actor receiving the James Bond role is like a Footballer winning the Premier League, F.A Cup, Champions League, Ballon D'or, Golden Boot and the World Cup in the same year.
M Giar
Aidan Turner
How about Bad News Barrett(Wade Barrett wwe) he is British
Yayface 0305
All these people complaining that Bond couldn't be black. So what is Bond famous for? His skin colour or his fighting skills? His skin colour or his catch phrases? His skin colour or his charisma? Wrap your racism up! I want to see a Bond with a good acting like the others not because he has the same skin colour.
Pepijn Bosvelt
What about Jason Statham?