Actors who should play James Bond

Daniel Craig is'nt going to be James Bond forever to the dismay (or satisfation) of others. These are actors I think should be next in line for the part...
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Christian Bale
Christian Charles Philip Bale was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK on January 30, 1974, to English parents Jennifer "Jenny" (James) and David Charles Howard Bale. His mother was a circus performer and his father, who was born in South Africa, was a commercial pilot. The family lived in different countries throughout Bale's childhood...
“ He's an amazing actor who can play pretty much anyone. He already said he does'ny plan on playing Bruce Wayne/Batman after The Dark Knight Rises so this would be a nice role to fill up his schedule for the next few years. ” - SilentJoe13
 
2.
Idris Elba
An only child, Idris Elba was born and raised in Hackney, London, England. His father, Winston, is from Sierra Leone and worked at a Ford motor factory. His mother, Eve, is from Ghana and had a clerical duty. Idris attended school in Canning Town, where he first became involved in acting. He gained a place in the National Youth Music Theatre - thanks to a £1,500 Prince's Trust grant...
“ If there was ever a black James Bond, Idris Elba would be perfect for the role. He's already expressed interest in the role (as long as he is'nt billed as the first black Bond) so I say give it to him (no homo). ” - SilentJoe13
 
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Clive Owen
British actor Clive Owen is one of a handful of stars who, though he is best known for his art house films, can handle more mainstream films with equal measures of grace and skill. Owen is typically cast as characters whose primary traits are a balance of physical strength, intellect, and forceful will...
“ He's proven to be a great actor in films like Closer and Derailed and he's not shy when it comes to action, as proven in films like Shoot Em Up. He'd be an excellent Bond. ” - SilentJoe13
 
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Gary Oldman
Gary Oldman is a talented British born movie actor who played Sid Vicious in Sid & Nancy, Drexl in True Romance, and George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. He starred in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the remake of RoboCop. He is also an English filmmaker, musician and author. Renowned for his "big" acting style...
“ You might think he's too old but if there was ever a Bond film that showed us the later years of a close to retirement Bond, Oldman would fit the bill. ” - SilentJoe13
 
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Tom Hardy
Tom Hardy made his debut in Ridley Scott's 2001 war film Black Hawk Down. Hardy's other notable films include the science fiction film Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), the crime film RocknRolla (2008), biographical psychological drama Bronson (2008), science fiction thriller Inception (2010), sports drama Warrior (2011)...
“ He's very charming and is very convincing as someone who can beat you to death, two very important Bond qualities. ” - SilentJoe13
 
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Michael Caine
Michael Caine was born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite in London, to Ellen Frances Marie (Burchell), a charlady, and Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, a fish-market porter. He left school at 15 and took a series of working-class jobs before joining the British army and serving in Korea during the Korean War, where he saw combat...
“ Same reason as Oldman. He declined the role in 1967 because he did'nt want to get typecast as a spy character but I still would love to see him pull off an older Bond. ” - SilentJoe13
 
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“ He was the studio's second choice for Bond. If Pierce Bronson turned down the role, McGann would have had it. I'm curious on how McGann could handle the role. ” - SilentJoe13
 
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Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch was born and raised in London, England. His parents, Wanda Ventham and Timothy Carlton (Timothy Carlton Congdon Cumberbatch), are both actors. He is a grandson of submarine commander Henry Carlton Cumberbatch, and a great-grandson of diplomat Henry Arnold Cumberbatch CMG...
“ He's already the perfect Sherlock Holmes. Something tells me he could be a perfect James Bond. ” - SilentJoe13
 
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Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson was born on June 7, 1952 in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, UK, to Katherine (Brown), a cook, and Bernard Neeson, a school caretaker. Liam worked as a forklift operator for Guinness, truck driver, assistant architect and an amateur boxer. He had originally sought a career as a teacher by attending St...
“ Oddly enough, he declined the role in 1994 because he was'nt interested in starring in action films. What does he do a lot of now? Action films. I don't know why he would'nt take it now. I don't think he's too old and he's definetely not too young. ” - SilentJoe13
 
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Henry Cavill
Henry Cavill is a British actor. Cavill began his career starring as Albert Mondego in the 2002 film adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo. He star in minor and supporting roles in television shows such as BBC's The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Midsomer Murders and The Tudors before transitioning to more mainstream Hollywood films such as Tristan & Isolde, Stardust and Immortals...
“ Though he'll be busy for the next few years playing Superman, I'd like to see him as James Bond. He's got the look, the charm, and from what little I've seen him in, the talent. ” - SilentJoe13
 
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Guy Pearce
Actor, Memento
Guy Edward Pearce was born 5 October, 1967 in Cambridgeshire, England, UK to Anne (Pickering) and Stuart Graham Pearce. His father was born in Auckland, New Zealand, to English and Scottish parents, while Guy's mother is English. Pearce and his family initially traveled to Australia for two years, after his father was offered the position of Chief test pilot for the Australian Government...
“ He is'nt British, but he would'nt be the first Australian Bond (George Lazenby). As seen in The Kings Speech, he can do a pretty good British accent. Charismatic, talented, and can bring both intensity and physicality needed for the role. ” - SilentJoe13
 
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Jon Hamm
Actor, Mad Men
“ I hate the thought of an American James Bond as much as the next guy, but Hamm just has the look for me. He certainly knows how to fit a tux, I'll give him that. Dangerous, dashing, menacing. All important Bond qualities. As long as he can do a good British accent, he would be a perfect James Bond. ” - SilentJoe13