Most Likely to be Bond

by NextPres | created - 8 months ago | updated - 7 months ago | Public

Daniel Craig will be out after Bond 25. Who might replace him? Let's take a look. (Please note that some of the people on this list have said they are not being considered as Bond. Well, nobody is right now, as Bond 25 won't even be released until 2020. The people in charge of Bond did say, however, that the next Bond will not be a woman, so no woman will be near the top of the list.)

1. Tom Hardy

Actor | Inception

With his breakthrough performance as Eames in Christopher Nolan's sci-fi thriller Inception (2010), English actor Tom Hardy has been brought to the attention of mainstream audiences worldwide. However, the versatile actor has been steadily working on both stage and screen since his television debut...

The actor who played Ricki Tarr in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Hardy is a popular choice in dream Bond lists. I estimate his chances at 1 in 11.

2. Michael Fassbender

Actor | Shame

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. ...

Despite denying that he wants the role, Fassbender is incredibly popular. I say there's a 1 in 12 chance of him getting the role.

3. Tom Hiddleston

Actor | The Avengers

Thomas William Hiddleston was born in Westminster, London, to English-born Diana Patricia (Servaes) and Scottish-born James Norman Hiddleston. His mother is a former stage manager, and his father, a scientist, was the managing director of a pharmaceutical company. He started off at the preparatory ...

My personal choice for Bond had a great audition in The Night Manager. Smooth, charismatic, and handsome, his odds are 1 in 15.

4. Henry Cavill

Actor | Man of Steel

Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill 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, a stockbroker, is of ...

This guy also has a great spy role as Napoleon Solo in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Plus, his looks are top notch. Think movie star, and Henry Cavill comes to mind. 1 in 18 chance.

5. Idris Elba

Actor | Beasts of No Nation

An only child, Idrissa Akuna Elba was born and raised in London, England. His father, Winston, is from Sierra Leone and worked at Ford Dagenham; his mother, Eve, is from Ghana and had a clerical duty. Idris attended school in Canning Town, where he first became involved in acting, before he dropped...

Honestly, I don't know why people are so excited about Elba. Yeah, he's a good actor, but he's too old and doesn't look the part. Sexiest Man Alive? Never! That said, everyone disagrees with me, so I'll peg him at 1 in 20.

6. Damian Lewis

Actor | Band of Brothers

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. He was raised on Abbey Road in London until the age of 8 with his siblings Gareth, William, ...

You don't hear about this guy in gossip news about the next Bond being 'locked down' or whatever, but he's on most people's dream Bond list. 1 in 42.

7. Aidan Turner

Actor | The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Aidan Turner was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1983. After graduating from the Gaiety School of Acting in 2004, Aidan appeared in a number of stage productions, many with Ireland's national theatre, The Abbey. Such productions included The Plough & The Stars, Romeo & Juliet and A Cry from Heaven. In ...

I don't like the thought of this man as Bond, but if he shaved the beard, I might change my mind. Enough for a 1 in 54 chance.

8. James Norton

Actor | Happy Valley

James Norton was born in 1985 to two teachers and has a younger sister who is a doctor. Growing up in North Yorkshire he espoused acting at a very early age - playing Joseph in his primary school nativity play aged five - and, after leaving Ampleforth College he did work experience at the Stephen ...

He's well known for his TV roles, including in McMafia. Could Bond be his big movie role? 1 in 58 is what I say.

9. Daniel Kaluuya

Actor | Get Out

Daniel Kaluuya is an English actor and writer. He is best known for Get Out (2017) and Black Panther (2018).

He also starred in the Black Mirror episode "Fifteen Million Merits".

For his work in Get Out he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor.

Kaluuya also had minor roles in Johnny ...

The lovable Agent Tucker in Johnny English Returns was my favorite character. Kaluuya could easily transition to a more serious spy in Bond 26. But he's a dark horse with 1 in 60 odds.

10. Chiwetel Ejiofor

Actor | 12 Years a Slave

English actor, writer and director Chiwetel Ejiofor is renowned for his portrayal of Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave (2013), for which he received Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations, along with the BAFTA Award for Best Actor. He is also known for playing Okwe in Dirty Pretty Things...

OK... maybe! I'd like to see Ejiofor in the role, he could pull it off. I think. Dunno. 1 in 66.

11. Jamie Dornan

Actor | The Fall

Jamie Dornan was born on May 1, 1982 in Belfast, Northern Ireland as James Dornan. He is an actor, known for The Fall (2013), A Private War (2018) and Anthropoid (2016). He has been married to Amelia Warner since April 27, 2013. They have three children.

Blegh. I suppose he could play a ladies man like Bond. 1 in 74.

12. Richard Madden

Actor | Game of Thrones

Richard Madden, born 18 June 1986, is a Scottish stage, film, and television actor best known for portraying Robb Stark in the HBO series "Game of Thrones" and Prince Kit in Disney's "Cinderella." Starring as David Budd in the BBC miniseries "Bodyguard" has also brought him more international ...

Bodyguard has people talking about this guy, but I think nobody really means it. His chances are 1 in 83.

13. David Oyelowo

Actor | Selma

David Oyelowo (pronounced - "oh-yellow-oh"), is a classically trained stage actor who has quickly become one of Hollywood's most sought-after talents. He graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), and received the "Scholarship for Excellence" from Nicholas Hytner in 1998.


I dunno. Seems solid enough, though I don't know if he has had any good auditions yet. 1 in 84.

14. Ben Barnes

Actor | The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

British actor Benjamin Thomas Barnes was born in London, England, to Patricia (Becker), a relationship therapist, and Thomas Barnes, a professor of psychiatry. He has a brother, Jack. His mother is from South Africa while his father is English.

Barnes studied at Homefield Preparatory and King's ...

There are several candidates to be the dark horse Bond candidate, and among them, this guy is the dark horse. He's the dark horse of dark horses. But boy would he be good, as unlikely as it is (1 in 102).

15. Jack O'Connell

Actor | Unbroken

Jack O'Connell was born in Alvaston, Derby, England, to Alison J. (Gutteridge) and John Patrick O'Connell. His mother is English, and worked at British Midland, and his father was Irish (from County Kerry), and worked on the railways for Bombardier. Jack went to Saint Benedict Catholic School, and ...

He's a great actor, but a bit young, eh? Whatever. He won't be getting it anyway. 1 in 108.

16. Riz Ahmed

Actor | Nightcrawler

Riz Ahmed (born 1 December 1982), also known by his stage name Riz MC and birth name Rizwan Ahmed, is a British Pakistani actor, rapper, and activist. As an actor, he has won one Emmy Award, out of two Emmy nominations, and was also nominated for a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award, and three...

This would be a great decision, Ahmed is so suave. Plus, it would add a touch of diversity. That said, his odds are only 1 in 120.

17. Benedict Cumberbatch

Actor | The Imitation Game

Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch was born and raised in London, England. His parents, Wanda Ventham and Timothy Carlton (born 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 ...

British to a tee, he'd be, as far as I know, the first person to be Sherlock Holmes AND James Bond. It's unlikely though, at 1 in 126.

18. Ryan Gosling

Actor | Blue Valentine

Canadian actor Ryan Gosling is the first person born in the 1980s to have been nominated for the Best Actor Oscar (for Half Nelson (2006)).

He was born Ryan Thomas Gosling on November 12, 1980, in London, Ontario, Canada. He is the son of Donna (Wilson), a secretary, and Thomas Ray Gosling, a ...

He's not even British, idiots. Nevertheless, pundits seem to think he (and Idris Elba), should be absolutely everyone. No. 1 in 132.

19. Dan Stevens

Actor | Downton Abbey

Dan Stevens was born at Croydon in Surrey on 10th October 1982. His parents are teachers. He was educated at Tonbridge School and trained in acting at the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. He studied English Literature at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Whilst he was a Cambridge undergraduate, ...

I kind of like this pick, though I'm not sure if he's had action experience enough. 1 in 136.

20. Jamie Bell

Actor | Billy Elliot

Jamie Bell was born in 1986 in Billingham, England, UK, to Eileen (Matfin) and John Bell, a toolmaker. He comes from a family of dancers including his grandmother, mother, aunt, and sister. It was at his sister's dance practices that he would stand outside the door and imitate the movements of the ...

He's played an American spy in the Revolution, heheh. Maybe. Probably not, as he's 1 in 143, but maybe.

21. Luke Evans

Actor | Dracula Untold

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...

Ohhhhhhh.... YES! If I can't get Tom or Ben, can I get this guy PLEASE!? NO? WHAT DO YOU MEAN 1 in 150?! ARE YOU SERIOUS!?

22. Richard Armitage

Actor | The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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, where he discovered his love for acting. He took part in many theatre productions all over the UK, from ...

Meh. Yeah, sure. I'll take it. Unlikely as he is, at 1 in 156.

23. Kit Harington

Actor | Game of Thrones

Kit Harington was born Christopher Catesby Harington in Acton, London, to Deborah Jane (Catesby), a former playwright, and David Richard Harington, a businessman. His mother named him after 16th century British playwright and poet Christopher Marlowe, whose first name was shortened to Kit, a name ...

He's basically Ben Barnes, but less handsome. That's what I'm getting. 1 in 162.

24. Jon Hamm

Actor | Mad Men

Jon Hamm was born on March 10, 1971 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Jonathan Daniel Hamm. He is an actor and producer, known for Mad Men (2007), The Town (2010) and Million Dollar Arm (2014).

He's not THAT old, but he looks like he is. I'd rather not have him, and I probably won't, since he's 1 in 162.

25. Nicholas Hoult

Actor | Mad Max: Fury Road

Nicholas Caradoc Hoult was born in Wokingham, Berkshire, England to parents Glenis and Roger Hoult. His great-aunt was one of the most popular actresses of her time, Dame Anna Neagle. He attended Sylvia Young Theatre School, a school for performing arts, to start acting as a career.

Hoult has been ...

I think this would actually be a genius decision. Or maybe Hoult as Q to Hiddleston's 007. I liked their team-up in that Jaguar commercial. 1 in 165.

26. Danny Dyer

Actor | The Football Factory

Danny Dyer was born in the Custom House area of east London, England, on 24th July 1977. Danny was spotted at a Sunday Drama School for underprivileged kids, in Kentish Town, by the agent Charlotte Kelly who got him an audition for the part of Martin Fletcher in the Granada Television series Prime ...

He hasn't done anything notable in a while. That's probably why he's at 1 in 174.

27. Rupert Friend

Actor | Homeland

Rupert Friend was born on October 1, 1981 in Oxfordshire, England as Rupert William Anthony Friend. He is an actor and writer, known for Homeland (2011), The Death of Stalin (2017) and The Young Victoria (2009). He has been married to Aimee Mullins since May 1, 2016.

Hitman gave him a good audition. He reminds me of Henry Cavill, but weirder. He's 1 in 186.

28. Gillian Anderson

Actress | The X Files

Gillian Anderson was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Rosemary Alyce (Lane), a computer analyst, and Homer Edward Anderson III, who owned a film post-production company. Gillian started her career as a member of an amateur actor group while at high school. In 1987, her love of the theatre took her to ...

I'm not doing odds for women, but she seems popular, if old.

29. Charlize Theron

Actress | Monster

Charlize Theron was born in Benoni, a city in the greater Johannesburg area, in South Africa, the only child of Gerda Theron (née Maritz) and Charles Theron. She was raised on a farm outside the city. Theron is of Afrikaner (Dutch, with some French Huguenot and German) descent, and Afrikaner ...

I know I made a big fuss about Ryan Gosling not being British, but she could probably pull it off, I guess.

30. Margot Robbie

Actress | Suicide Squad

Margot Elise Robbie was born on July 2, 1990 in Dalby, Queensland, Australia to Scottish parents. Her mother, Sarie Kessler, is a physiotherapist, and her father, is Doug Robbie. She comes from a family of four children, having two brothers and one sister. She graduated from Somerset College in ...

Yes. Margot Robbie as Jane Bond makes me very happy.

31. Priyanka Chopra

Actress | Baywatch

Priyanka Chopra Jonas (née Chopra) was born on July 18, 1982 in Jamshedpur, India, to the family of Capt. Dr. Ashok Chopra and Dr. Madhu Chopra, both Indian Army physicians. She had a very varied upbringing. She started her education at La Martinière Girls College in Lucknow as a resident student; ...

She'd basically be the female version of Riz Ahmed. I'm fine with that.

32. Rebecca Ferguson

Actress | Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

Rebecca Ferguson was born Rebecca Louisa Ferguson Sundström in Stockholm, Sweden, and grew up in its Vasastaden district. Her father is Swedish. Her mother, Rosemary Ferguson, is British, of Scottish and Northern Irish descent, and moved to Sweden at the age of 25. Rebecca attended an ...

I feel the same way about her as I feel about Charlize Theron. Except Ferguson would probably be better.

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