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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.



Supermovies
Top 10 actors who shouldn't play James Bond.
Joe Cap
Sean Connery at 87 would still be better--
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 ?!!!
ljummingen
James Bond is white
the Revolution
I love tom hardy but I think he would be a better bond villain than 007 himself
Barton Porter
MIchael Fassbender is my pick!
Squidrito
Michael Fassbender as Bond!!!
swedishfootballfan
I don't agree with this list.
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.
ARgmail
We need another Sean Connery.
Electro Drives
Michael Fassbender or Tom Hardy,
EscalationTV
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!
chapmasi
White and from the UK
NocturneKing
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
Mr Polémik
I knew that you would give idriss alba N°1... Pure demagogy !!
Jack McFord
Gordon Ramsay should play James Bond!
SNGaming
I like idris as an actor but him being James bond is going against the source material
Reagan King
Henry Cavill.
Wglass90
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.
Devi Parasar
I'm not getting the bond vibe from any of them.
Miro Malbasic
Maybe Clive Owen or Michael Fassbender...
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.
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.
Denko
No Henry Cavill? For real?
Joost Hermes
Clive Owen, he will be Bond...
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.
Jordan Denny
Hello, why isn't Mike Myers on this
johnny karate
I think Colin Firth would do well as 007
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
viraj sawant
fassenbender or cavill
Zip Jones
Andrew Lincoln!!!!!!
Brachial Plexus
and leonardo di caprio should play the black panther
Corentin Fiévet
Fassbender would be by far the best
Abhishek Sharma
Age is not on his side but would've loved to see Clive Owen as bond.
Mrs Potato Head
Andrew Lincoln is Britsh! But I think that Jeffrey Dean Morgan would be good too!
Jesús Saavedra
• Tom Hardy • Damian Lewis • Benedict Cumberbatch • Michael Fassbender They are good but { come on we know that Clive Owen can be a better 007 even than Daniel Craig thats for sure
Son of Gondor
Jon Hamm
Short Round
Lol let’s get Rosie O’Donnell for bond. Is that politically correct enough?
qwikshot16
Tom hiddleston or Richard Armitage ... best of the list!
IJsselcraft
Henry Cavill :D
Karol Sivák
Jason Statham
At Hunkydory
I'd love to see Nikolaj as James Bond, such an underrated actor.
Maria Luisa Gomes
Daniel Craig is the best Bond.
Lars Armbrecht
Bale would be great, or Tom Hiddleston
BlunderCity
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.
Jeff Adams
Clive Owen.
Ray Lamascus
Clive Owen
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
Shakespeare In Love
Robert Pattinson age 32 would make a great young Janes Bond.
Lukas Volk
Idris Elba is of course a good actor but James Bond should be white and british. That would be the same thing when Axel F. from Beverly Hills Cop would be white or Bad Boys would cast two white or asian guys. And before you say I'm racist or a British nationalist you have to know that I'm German with African roots.
J Morris
Clive Owen!
Ulfric Stormcloak
Clive Owen would be Timothy Dalton reborn.
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.
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.
Antares TV
Jeremy Renner would be perfect.
Svetlozar Kosev
Clive Owen!
Achilles Zalman
It is not racist to think that certain roles should remain white.
beetle juice
PC brigade is strong in this video, James Bond is not black according to Fleming, so no Elba
White Wraithe
Idris Elba was my first pick too. I believe he would do well, but now the only actor I think meets all Bond qualifications, which I won't mention here as they're are too many, is RICHARD ARMITAGE. Richard is an extraordinary actor with a range of emotion that is off the charts. And he's at the absolute right age to take on the franchise for many years. I can't believe you didn't include his role in BBC's Spooks/MI5 where he played a government agent. The only other actor I would include and is in the mainstream is former Vikings co-star Clive Standen who is currently starring in the series Taken.
Sym Clux
Rowan Atkinson. Period.
Arundhati Chatterjee
I think Richard Armitage is the perfect person as he is English, he has an inherently evil look which more than compensates for the negative side of bond should need be. Also he has a brilliant voice which reminds us of Sean Connery as bond. And he has also proven himself as a spy in both spooks and Berlin station. What else do you need
KaikiTsuki49
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?
Joan Hammond
Definitely Richard Armitage. He's so versatile! (And totally dishy...) Idris Elba a close second, then 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.
Jino Catangal
Very good list of actors but I gotta say Richard Armitage as 007 that's Interesting. Very Interesting.
BrownieC
I literally leaped out of my seat at seeing Richard Armitage on this list. YES PLEASE.
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?
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
dentpeninde
#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.
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!
nurvx2
No black James Bond. No way. I would not see that movie.
Silent Refusal
Clive Owen and Hugh Jackman's chance to play James Bond has long gone. My 2 best picks from this list would be Andrew Lincoln and Richard Armitage. Richard Armitage hands down the best.
See? Those are your tears, man.
Armitage or Fassbender would be perfect
Chris Lacefield
oh, Richard armitage would be good to I think.
byczytom
Tom Hardy, Richard Armitage and uncredited Gerard Butler.
BigNoseDoggie
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.
Chelsea Mary-Margaret
richard armitage ALL THE WAY
User OBD
Clive Owen deserves a number 1 spot!
oldgoatgxp
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.
Johnny Power
Clive Owen
GregJoshuaW
Clive Owen would be the most natural choice frankly...
filipa miranda
I think Simon Baker would be great as James Bond
sensy 01
RICHARD ARMITAGE !!!!
Turkey Bowlwinkle
I don't care who the next Bond is as long as he plays it more campy.
Joe Blackner
Clive Owen for sure.
akr0911
What about Gabriel Macht....Harvey specter:)
nikardem
Definity, Clive Owen.
E Miff
Mathew Goode definitely
Ayman Ali
Richard Armitage he is the best face
Valentina Zuzic
Tall,dark,handsome-Richard Armitage perfect Bond.
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No One above mentioned
6987377
This list is bs where is jason statham
Krzysztof Pelon
Idris Elba as Bond and then Conchita Wurst as Wonder Woman. And maybe OJ Simpson playing Pope.
peacorptv
They have to be British.
The Republic Of Ireland
Clive Owen FTW!
g1015m
My vote is for Andrew Lincoln.
UGAFan
Richard Armitage or Michael Fassbender. While I like Idris Elba Bond is a white man so leave it as such. If they put Idris Elba as Bond then they should place Liam Hemsworth as The Black Panther - just does not work! Armitage is my vote.
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!
Himanshu Singh
Clive Owen totally !