Sony has allegedly offered Daniel Craig a record $150,000,000 to play James Bond for two more movies in his movie franchise. For now, it is not known if Craig will be returning as 007. If Daniel Craig decides not to sign-up, then it opens the door for several other actors, that many fans would like to see take that all-time popular role. Here is a brief list of five most popular choices for the next 007.

Tom Hiddleston

Hiddleston as Loki in the MCU

Known for playing Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hiddleston recently played a spy in The Night Manager. The performance was generally praised and makes him a clear front-runner. Hiddleston is 35 years old and could play Bond for several years. He has the charisma and the chops.

Michael Fassbender

Fassbender in the upcoming Assassins Creed film

Fassbender is known for playing Magneto in the X-Men films. Currently, he’s is in demand and will appear in the upcoming Assassin’s Creed. Fassbender is Irish-German and would be the 2nd non-English actor to play Bond. The first was Australian George Lazenby in 1969.

Tom Hardy

Tom Hardy

Hardy’s a prolific British actor who has played numerous roles with the most recent genre effort being Mad Max in Mad Max: Fury Road. Hardy is 39 years old and has worked with Bond fan Christopher Nolan before. If Nolan directs a Bond film, it is possible for Hardy to step in as Bond.

Idris Elba

Idris Elba Bastille Day
Elba is a popular choice among younger fans

Known for Television series Luther. Elba has won acclaim for his many roles and has a groundswell of support from younger Bond fans who would like to see the first non-White James Bond.

Taron Egerton

Taron Egerton in Kingsman
Taron Egerton in Kingsman: The Secret Service.

Known for his recent turn in Kingsman: the Secret Service. Casting Egerton and going with a younger Bond could provide a new spin to the series and would allow him to remain as Bond for several movies.

 

Of the five choices, all would offer a unique spin on the role of James Bond. Or, if Craig returns to finish his story set up in Spectre, the future of the Bond Franchise now rests on The Broccoli family and Sony Pictures.

Neil Varma