Hugh Michael Jackman is an Australian actor, singer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer and producer. Jackman has won international recognition for his roles in major films, notably as superhero, period, and romance characters. He is best known for his long-running role as Wolverine in the X-Men film series...
“ Mr Jackman would be my first choice if I had the honor of casting decisions.He has almost the same looks as James Bond from Fleming's novels.He has the experience in action films and the maschuline charm perfect for 007.I imagine he's Bond as a combination of his performances from The Prestige and from The X-Men franchise.He would be the perfect mixture of Connery's maschulinity and Moore's sophisticated charm. ” - tomicagb
“ If he could master the british accent he would make a perfect Bond.In my oppinion he and Hugh Jackman are most similar with looks to James Bond character as described in Fleming's novels.In Mad Men he showed his charm and badass and in The Town he showed he could do the action... ” - tomicagb
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, conflicting soul but forceful will...
“ He was actually the one everybody thought will be the successor of Pierce Brosnan.He would be the perfect Bond...A mixture of Dalton's dark portrayl,Craig's ruthlesness and Brosnan's charm and besides all that he has experience in action films. ” - tomicagb
Robbie Williams was born in Stoke On Trent, England on February 13th, 1974. Having played in school productions of "Oliver" and, obviously showing a flair for entertaining, Williams' mother saw an advert for auditions to be in a new boy band which he applied for and, at age 16, was a member of Take That
A Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominee, Dylan McDermott has proved his talent in film, television and theater. He was born Mark Anthony McDermott in Waterbury, Connecticut, to Diane (Marino) and Richard McDermott. Diane was 15 and Richard was 17 when Dylan was born. Richard earned money by hustling pool...
Goran Visnjic is a Croatian American actor and producer, born in Sibenik, Croatia, Yugoslavia. He is married to Eva Visnjic (formerly Ivana Vrdoljak) with whom has three children. From an early age Visnjic started appearing in various theater plays. At the age of 16, he had his screen debut in the film Braca po materi
“ He was one of the candidates before Craig got the part but he couldn't do the british accent. ” - tomicagb
Thomas Gibson began his acting career at the age of ten when he took part in children's theater. Gibson performed and studied with the Footlight Players at the Dock Street Theater and starred in his first play in 1973. Six years later, Gibson attended the College of Charleston and interned at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival...
Born in Scotland, trained at the Welsh College of Music and Drama where he was named most promising drama student. Scott's early work was in Scottish national theatre and television, first appearing in the series Soldier Soldier as well as on the stage in the Tim Fleming directed production of Wallace...
“ considered before Craig got the part ” - tomicagb
Julian Dana William McMahon was born in Sydney, Australia, the second of three children of Lady Sonia McMahon (née Sonia Rachel Hopkins) and Sir Billy McMahon
, the longest continuously serving government minister in Australian history, serving over 21 years as a government minister before serving as Prime Minister of Australia from March 1971 to December 1972...
“ considered before Craig got the part ” - tomicagb
Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill is a British actor. He was born on the Bailiwick of Jersey, a British Crown dependency in the Channel Islands. His mother, Marianne (Dalgliesh), a housewife, was also born on Jersey, and is of Irish, Scottish, and English ancestry. Henry's father, Colin Richard Cavill...
“ He was one of the producers top choices before Craig got the part but in the end was considered too young...(22 at the time) ” - tomicagb
“ Just watch him in the great danish action film Headhunters and you'll se why he's on the list. ” - tomicagb
Michael Fassbender was born in Heidelberg, Germany, to a German father, Josef, and an Irish mother, Adele (originally from Larne, County Antrim, in Northern Ireland). Michael was raised in the town of Killarney, Co. Kerry, in south-west Ireland, where his family moved to when he was two years old. His parents ran a restaurant (his father is a chef)...
“ He's one of my favorite candidates.After I saw his performance in Inglorious Basterds I thought "wow this guy would be a great Bond" and after I saw him in X-Men first class I said "this guy should be the next Bond... ” - tomicagb
David Matthew Macfadyen was born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, to Meinir (Owen), a drama teacher and actress, and Martin Macfadyen, an oil executive. He is of Scottish and Welsh descent. Because of his father's career, he spent at least part of his childhood in Indonesia, before finishing his education back in England and winning a place at RADA in 1992...
“ Same like Jack Davenport...the english gentlemen charm and looks...In Three Muskeeters he showed he could handle the action and be classy... ” - tomicagb
Widely regarded as the one of greatest stage and screen actors both in his native Great Britain and internationally, Damian Lewis was born on February 11, 1971, in St. John's Wood, London, England, to Charlotte Mary (Bowater), from an upper-class background, and J. Watcyn Lewis, a city broker whose own parents were Welsh...
“ Just watch his performances in tv series Life and especially Homeland and Band of Brothers,where he showed he could do action and charm. ” - tomicagb
Eric Bana was born Eric Banadinovic on August 9, 1968, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He is the younger of two brothers. His father, named Ivan Banadinovic, came from Zagreb, Croatia, and worked as a manager for Caterpillar Inc. His mother, named Eleanor Banadinovic, came from a German family and was a hairdresser...
“ Watch him in Hanna... ” - tomicagb
“ He has the looks and that english gentlemen charm...Sorta like Roger Moore's Bond meets Craig's Bond... ” - tomicagb
Originally from Wellington, New Zealand, Karl Urban now lives in Auckland. Born on June 7, 1972, he is the son of a leather-goods manufacturer (who had hoped that Karl would follow in his footsteps). His first acting role was when he was 8 -- he had a line on a television series. However, he did not act again until after high school...
“ He was brilliant as a secret agent in R.E.D. ” - tomicagb
“ He played a secret agent in Spooks. ” - tomicagb
Joel Edgerton was born on June 23, 1974 in Blacktown, New South Wales, Australia, to Marianne and Michael Edgerton, who is a solicitor and property developer. His brother is filmmaker Nash Edgerton
. He went to Hills Grammar School in the Western Suburbs of Sydney, and after leaving, he attended Nepean Drama School in 1994...
Rupert James Hector Everett was born in Burnham Deepdale, Norfolk, to Sara (Maclean) and Anthony Michael Everett, a Major in the British Army, who later worked in business. He is of mostly English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry. Everett grew up in privileged circumstances, but the wry, sometimes arrogant...
“ With his Bond looks and charm I'think he could had pulled it off. ” - tomicagb
Samuel Henry John Worthington was born August 2, 1976 in Surrey, England. His parents, Jeanne (Martyn) and Ronald Worthington, a power planet employee, moved the family to Australia when he was six months old, and raised him and his sister Lucinda in Warnbro, a suburb of Perth, Western Australia. Worthington...
“ He reminds me of Daniel Craig...Just with dark hair... ” - tomicagb
Gerard James Butler was born in Paisley, Scotland, to Margaret and Edward Butler, a bookmaker. His family is of Irish origin. Gerard spent some of his very early childhood in Montreal, Quebec, but was mostly raised, along with his older brother and sister, in his hometown of Paisley. His parents divorced when he was a child...
“ Has the experience in action movies,has the maschuline charm,has the looks...A mixture of Connery and Craig... ” - tomicagb
Richard Crispin Armitage was born and raised in Leicester, England, to Margaret (Hendey), a secretary, and John Armitage, an engineer. He attended Pattison College in Binley Road, Coventry, and studied at LAMDA (the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art). His first appearance on the screen was in a small role in This Year's Love
Luke George Evans was born in Pontypool, Wales, and grew up in Aberbargoed, in the south of Wales. He is the son of Yvonne (Lewis) and David Evans. He moved to Cardiff at the age 17. He then won a scholarship to the London Studio Centre, and graduated in 2000. He starred in many of London's West End theatre productions...
Colin Andrew Firth was born into an academic family in Grayshott, Hampshire, England. His mother, Shirley Jean (Rolles), was a comparative religion lecturer at the Open University, and his father, David Norman Lewis Firth, lectured on history at Winchester University College (formerly King Alfred's College) in Winchester...
“ I can actually imagine him in a Bond role.I think he would be the combination of Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan...He is charming but I sense something ruthless and tough in him that would be great for the role... ” - tomicagb
“ He was one of the candidates before Brosnan got the part.. ” - tomicagb
Colin Farrell is one of Ireland's best rising stars in Hollywood and abroad today. His film presence has been filled with memorable roles that range from an inwardly tortured hit man, to an adventurous explorer, a determined-but-failing writer, and the greatest military leader in history. Farrell was born on May 31...
“ He was one of the top candiates before Craig got the part... ” - tomicagb
Born in Munich in 1969, Gedeon was raised bilingual (English & German). He was sent to boarding school in England at the age of 8 and transferred to American high school at the age of 12. Gedeon starred in his first movie (Aunt Maria) when he was 10, his second lead role followed one year later in the American / German co-production Blood and Honor (3 part mini series) as Hartmut Keller...
“ He was great in Inglorious Basterds but I first noticed him in great austrian police tv series Inspector Rex,where he plays the charming and badass cop. ” - tomicagb
was born in Harlesden, London, England, into a theatre family. His father, Thane Bettany
, is still an actor, but his mother, Anne Kettle
, has retired from acting. His maternal grandmother, Olga Gwynne
(her maiden and stage name), was a successful actress, while his maternal grandfather...
“ I fist saw him in Gangster no.1 and thought he could be a great Bond...a ruthless and dark Bond..Sorta like Timothy Dalton... ” - tomicagb
“ ...a candidate before Craig... ” - tomicagb
“ declined the role in 2005 after hearing that Brosnan still has the role ” - tomicagb
Tall, dark, but somewhat gentle-looking actor Ray Stevenson was born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland on 25 May 1964, on a British army base. His father was a British pilot in the Royal Air Force, and his mother is Irish. He moved with his family to Lemington, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England in 1972 at the age of eight, and later to Cramlington, Northumberland, where he was raised...
Jason Isaacs was born in Liverpool, the third of four children of Sheila (née Nathan) and Eric Isaacs. His parents were both from Jewish families (from Eastern Europe). He studied law at Bristol University and graduated in 1985 with a degree in law but decided to study acting. While at Bristol University...
“ He has something dark and ruthless and in the same time charming in him...He has the Bond looks and I think he would be great... ” - tomicagb
Rugged features and a natural charm have worked for Josh Brolin, the son of actor James Brolin
. He has recently seen a massive surge in his career, finding well-known roles such as a policeman, a hunter, and the President of the United States. Brolin was born February 12, 1968 in Santa Monica, California...
“ He looks a lot like Pierce Brosnan...He would be great if he could handle the british accent... ” - tomicagb
British actor Mark Strong, who played Jim Prideaux in the 2011 remake of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
, is often cast as cold, calculating villains. But before he became a famous actor, he intended to pursue a career in law. Strong was born Marco Giuseppe Salussolia in London, England, to an Austrian mother and an Italian father...
“ Sure he's bald in this picture(but he could were a wig like Sean Connery did) and has played a lot of baddies in his career but watch him in Body of Lies and the mini series The Long Frim...He showed he could be classy and ruthless at the same time... ” - tomicagb
Jason Statham was born in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, to Eileen (Yates), a dancer, and Barry Statham, a street merchant and lounge singer. Statham has done quite a lot in a short time. He has been a Diver on the British National Diving Team and finished 12th in the World Championships in 1992. He has also been a fashion model...
“ He's has no problem with the action part but I'm not sure if he has class of Bond character... ” - tomicagb
“ In Midnight In Paris he portrayed Ernest Hemingway.In that performance he showed the Connery style maschuline charm that would be perfect for the James Bond role.Just see his performance in MIP. ” - tomicagb
was an English actor who became an American citizen in 1942. Known for his transatlantic accent, debonair demeanor, and "dashing good looks", Grant is considered one of classic Hollywood's definitive leading men. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Grant the second greatest male star of Golden Age Hollywood cinema (after Humphrey Bogart
“ He was actually one of the first choices to play Bond before Connery but he was 58 at the time so... ” - tomicagb
Underated British leading man predominantly of the Seventies and Eighties, Collins made his mark in the 1970s action drama The Professionals
. As hard man "William Bodie", Collins became a household name, worldwide. Unfortunately, since the show ended in 1983, Lewis Collins has been miscast in a number of cheap straight-to-video foreign actioners.
“ He was one of the candidates back in 1983. but due to many tough guy roles at the end he was considered too agressive for the role ” - tomicagb
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...
“ the younger version ofcourse...He had the Bond looks and charm and was actually offerd the role before Brosnan but he refused saying he's not interesting in starring in action flicks...It was before Taken tough... ” - tomicagb
Sam Neill was born in Omagh, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland, to army parents, an English-born mother, Priscilla Beatrice (Ingham), and a New Zealand-born father, Dermot Neill. His family moved to the South Island of New Zealand in 1954. He went to boarding schools and then attended the universities at Canterbury and Victoria...
“ considered and actually did a screen test for the role.Eventually he starred in a spy mini series Reilly:The Ace of Spies,about a spy who was one of Fleming's main inspiration for Bond. ” - tomicagb
“ Back in 1994 rumors say that he impressed the producers so much that they kept him as a replacement if Brosnan decides to quit... ” - tomicagb
John Gavin, the American film and TV actor, businessman and diplomat who was Ronald Reagan
's first Ambassador to Mexico, was born John Anthony Golenor. The future "Jack" Gavin was a fifth generation Angeleno on the side of his father Herald, who was descended from the Golenor family of Spain. The Golenors were early landowners in Spanish California...
“ Left the role the first time when Sean Connery returned, and was denied the second time because he was not English. ” - tomicagb
Lambert Wilson was born in Paris and studied acting at the Drama Centre in London. A fluent English speaker, he made his feature film debut at the age of twenty-two in Fred Zinnemann's Five Days One Summer (1981) starring opposite Sean Connery. He went on to work with many of France's most prestigious auteur directors...
“ One of the candidates before Brosnan... ” - tomicagb
“ I think he would've been a good choice...He looks like Pierce Brosnan too... ” - tomicagb
“ he certanly had the Bond looks and cool when he was younger...Not sure if he could've masterd the accent thou... ” - tomicagb
British leading man who achieved some success in American films, as well. Born in Ireland as the son of a British officer, Todd grew up in Devon and attended Shrewsbury Public School. His interest in theatre led him to small roles in stock in England and Scotland, following which he helped found the Dundee Repertory Theatre in 1939...
“ Ian Fleming's first choice for the role, but scheduling conflicts prevented him from getting it ” - tomicagb
Jason Connery has appeared in over 30 films, television movies and series, combined, since his breakthrough role as "Robin Hood" in the UK television series Robin Hood
in 1985. The son of Sean Connery
and Diane Cilento
, Connery grew up in London and Scotland. He attended boarding school at Somerset...
“ Sean Connery'son and one of the alleged candidats before Brosnan was chosen... ” - tomicagb
Though born in America, Irish actor Patrick McGoohan rose to become the number-one British TV star in the 1950s to 1960s era. His parents moved to Ireland when he was very young and McGoohan acquired a neutral accent that sounds at home in British or American dialogue. He was an avid stage actor and...
“ Candidate before Moore got the part... ” - tomicagb
Dark, broodingly handsome Jon Finch was the son of a merchant banker. His first stage role was in elementary school at age 13 playing a Roman noblewoman(!). After gaining experience in amateur theatre groups and following a short stint with a folk singing group, he suddenly left for military service at age 18...
“ declined the role in '72 ” - tomicagb
He breathed life into Batman. Adam West was born Billy (William) West Anderson in Walla Walla, Washington, to parents Otto West Anderson and his wife Audrey. At age 10 Adam had a cache of comic books, and "Batman" made a big impression on him--the comic hero was part bat-man (a la Count Dracula) and part world's greatest detective (a la Charlie Chan and Sherlock Holmes)...
“ declined the role because he thought that Bond must be played by a British actor ” - tomicagb
Steve Reeves is regarded by many as the greatest bodybuilder of all time for his legendary symmetrical physique, visionary bodybuilding techniques, dedication and love for the sport through which he won five bodybuilding titles between 1946 and 1950. His peak measurements were: 6'1" at 216 lbs. with 18½" arms...
“ declined the role because producers offered less money than he had wanted ” - tomicagb
Suave and handsome Australian actor who came to Hollywood in the 1950s, and built himself up from a supporting actor into taking the lead in several well-remembered movies. Arguably his most fondly remembered role was that as George (Herbert George Wells), the inventor, in George Pal
's spectacular The Time Machine
“ declined the role with an explaination that the role was "beneath him" ” - tomicagb
James Mason was a great English actor of British and American films. He was born in Yorkshire, and attended Marlborough and Cambridge, where he discovered acting on a lark, and abandoned a planned career as an architect. Following work in stock companies, he joined the Old Vic under the guidance of Sir Tyrone Guthrie
and of Alexander Korda
“ considered but declined the role ” - tomicagb
Probably more frequently remembered for his turbulent personal life and multiple marriages, Richard Burton was nonetheless regarded as one of the great British actors of the post-WWII period. Burton was born Richard Walter Jenkins in Pontrhydyfen, Wales, to Edith Maude (Thomas) and Richard Walter Jenkins...
“ wanted more than producers would pay ” - tomicagb
Eric Braeden is a German actor in America who began his career playing Nazis and eventually became a star of daytime soap operas. Born Hans Gudegast in Kiel, Germany, during the Second World War, he was a superb athlete who excelled in track-and-field events. As a teenager, he immigrated to the United States and worked in Texas and Montana as a translator...
Stanley Baker was unusual star material to emerge during the Fifties - when impossibly handsome and engagingly romantic leading men were almost de rigueur. Baker was forged from a rougher mould. His was good-looking, but his features were angular, taut, austere and unwelcoming. His screen persona was taciturn...
“ declined because he didn't want to commit to a three picture contract ” - tomicagb
The refined and debonair English actor Jeremy Brett will forever be best remembered for his long-running and critically acclaimed portrayal of Sherlock Holmes for Britain's Granada Television. From a privileged background, Brett was educated at England's most prestigious independent school, Eton College...
is an English actor and author. Renowned for his distinctive working class cockney accent, Caine has appeared in over 115 films and is regarded as a British film icon. He made his breakthrough in the 1960s with starring roles in a number of acclaimed British films, including Zulu
“ declined because he didn't want to be typecast as as spy,having starred in three Harry Palmer films ” - tomicagb
David Niven was named after the Saint's Day on which he was born, St. David, patron Saint of Wales. He attended Stowe School and Sandhurst Military Academy and served for two years in Malta with the Highland Light Infantry. At the outbreak of World War II, although a top-line star, he re-joined the army (Rifle Brigade)...
“ Turned down in favour of Connery (later played Bond in the 1967 film Casino Royale) (Fleming's personal choice). ” - tomicagb
Rex Harrison was born Reginald Carey Harrison in Huyton, Lancashire, England, to Edith Mary (Carey) and William Reginald Harrison, a cotton broker. He changed his name to Rex as a young boy, knowing it was the Latin word for "King". Starting out on his theater career at age 18, his first job at the Liverpool Rep Theatre was nearly his last - dashing across the stage to say his one line...
“ Turned down the role in favour of Connery ” - tomicagb
“ considered...eventually got the villain role in For Your Eyes Only ” - tomicagb
Sean Bean's 20 year career spans theater, radio, television and movies. Bean was born in Handsworth, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, to Rita (Tuckwood) and Brian Bean. He worked for his father's welding firm before he decided to become an actor. He attended RADA in London and appeared in a number of West End stage productions including RSC's "Fair Maid of the West" (Spencer)...
“ considered before Brosnan...eventually got the part of a villain in Goldeneye ” - tomicagb
“ declined the role ” - tomicagb
“ considered and actually did a screen test for the role ” - tomicagb
“ considered before Connery ” - tomicagb
“ considered before Moore had returned for the part ” - tomicagb
“ declined the role before Moore was selected ” - tomicagb
Dick Van Dyke
Dick Van Dyke was born Richard Wayne Van Dyke in West Plains, Missouri, to Hazel Victoria (McCord), a stenographer, and Loren Wayne Van Dyke, a salesman. His younger brother is entertainer Jerry Van Dyke
. His ancestry includes English, Scottish, German, Swiss-German, and Dutch. Although he'd had small roles beforehand...
“ eventually denied for not being able to master the British accent ” - tomicagb
“ considered in '67 but eventually denied because producers thought he was too young ” - tomicagb
“ considered before Lazenby got the part ” - tomicagb
Although born in the USA, Lambert is French. His father was a French diplomat stationed in the US at the United Nations at the time of Lambert's birth. Lambert's formative years were spent in Geneva, Switzerland, to where his family moved when he was two, before returning to Paris when he was 16. Lambert has served in the French military, allegedly at his father's insistence.
“ younger version... ” - tomicagb