The dream Bond boys that never were: Daniel Craig's return as 007 announced
Despite saying he'd rather slash his own wrists than play the British spy again, Daniel Craig returns as 007. Maybe next time it'll be one of these fellas...
Bond producer Barbara Broccoli is thought to have bagged the 49-year-old actor for the next 007 movie and, with a bit of luck, secured singer Adele for another powerful theme tune ballad.
Knowing that Craig would prefer bleed out and die, rather than return as the British Spy, has leached the excitement out of the next film. If only Broccoli had plugged for someone else – someone fresh and pleased to be there.
Our beloved Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch once hinted that he thought the job "would be fun" in an interview with GQ (via the Daily Star). Back when Craig was discussing self-mutilation, the bookies didn't rate Cumberbatch's chances that highly. But just imagine the old-school suave of Pierce Brosnan and Roger Moore that he would bring to the character – the knowing looks and the gentlemanly relationships with the ladies. He would be gorgeous.
Best known for his roles in Boardwalk Empire and Kill Your Darlings, Huston is among the bookie's favourites for 007. He starred in Ben-Hur, which was a terrible film, if we're honest, but Angelica Huston is his aunt and he's got that rugged, well-travelled look that Bond used to have before Mr Smoothy, Daniel Craig, took over.
We at Culture Whisper first fell in love with Norton following his performance in War and Peace (read more about James Norton in our interview with Tuppence Middleton) but he's also famous for Happy Valley and Grantchester. What a glorious and lothario Bond he'd make. Who wouldn't fall to his feet at the sight of that beautiful chin?
James Bond author Anthony Horowitz landed himself in hot water when he said the Idris Elba was "too street" to play 007. He was accused of being racist, apologised and said he was referencing the actor's role in Luther on the BBC. Elba doesn't seem too fussed about joining the team, however, telling Good Morning America: 'If I’m really honest, I think I’m too old for that. Running around and cars and ladies and martinis… who wants to do that? Sounds terrible.' Well, he's got the perfect attitude for Broccoli. With indifference that white hot, he's bound to get picked to play the next Bond. Our money's on him.
Forget Craig, the person we should feel most sorry for is Hiddleston, who has been seemingly auditioning for the part since his performance as a sexy spy performance in The Night Manager. Speculation that Hiddleston wanted going to take over as Bond was so widespread, his relationship with Taylor Swift was chalked up as a PR stunt to get increase his chances of being cast. He's clearly not been paying attention to Broccoli. Tom, you need to play it cool. Maybe make a public announcement saying you hate the idea of Bond. Or go one step further and threaten to slit your throat, stick your hand down it and pull your own heart out. They're be bound to cast you then.
Turner has been tipped for the job many times, which is perhaps unsurprising considering how well practiced the actor is now in blurring the lines of sexual consent, just like Bond (we're specifically thinking of that shower scene from Skyfall but there are quite a few to go with, so pick your own favourite). Following Turner's performance as a vampire in Being Human and a curiously attractive dwarf in The Hobbit trilogy, we think Irish Turner would be a great Bond. Hopefully a decent, respectful Bond, like Poldark was in the early seasons.
The man with the mighty moustache who stepped onto our TV screens (and hearts) in ITV's Victoria as the delicious Prince Albert. A source told The Mirror that the actor’s role in BBC thriller The Game caught Broccoli's eye a few months ago. His stern, stiff Albert has made us all fall madly in love with him. Also any man who looks that good in a military jacket will own a tuxedo. So, you never know, maybe if it isn't Craig it'll be Hughes, if not this time, then next.