Bond… James Bond. It’s a sought after role that many will chase, but few get to call their own. With Daniel Craig sending his tuxedo to the cleaners for good after Bond 25, it’s, obviously, time to find a new super spy to protect the world in the name of the British crown. There’s no shortage of names for the position, and thanks to some recent betting activity, there’s a good list of folks that seem to be front runners and long shots. Though there are some surprises that don’t have any money riding on them just yet.
Madden is the apparent favorite in the betting world right now, and why wouldn’t he be? Folks mostly remember him as the ill-fated King of the North, Robb Stark, from Game of Thrones, or his turn as Prince Charming in Kenneth Brannagh’s live-action Cinderella. So, he can fight, as well as handle himself at a party.
Though, most recently, his name has been flying around as part of a hit British action/drama, Bodyguard, where he plays a law enforcement agent sworn to protect the Home Secretary. With a background in action, and a current gig that more than likely invokes Bond-ian comparisons on a regular basis, this could be a really good fit.
Sometimes, all you need to do is put on a tuxedo, and people will start saying you’re the next James Bond. And that’s exactly what happened to Sam Heughan, after he played a facsimile of 007 in this year’s comedy, The Spy Who Dumped Me.
Best known for his role as Outlander’s dreamy Jamie Fraser, he was even asked about playing the role at this year’s New York Comic Con panel. Naturally, nothing definitive was said, but you could see in his face that Heughan has definitely thought about the possibility.
Perhaps one of the most famous names attached to the next potential James Bond has been Idris Elba. A fixture of British television, thanks to the BBC’s Luther, as well as an actor who’s been in films far and wide, his is a name that’s still hotly debated as next in line for a franchise martini.
While there haven’t been any talks between Elba and Sony, with the actor even pegging himself as too old for the role, there’s always been a fan contingent in his corner. If the right offer came along, we wouldn’t blame him for never saying never again.