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Actor Daniel Craig has reportedly been offered a cool $150m to play James Bond for another two films, such is the uncertainty surrounding the suitability of his potential replacements. Craig famously said he’d rather "slash his wrists" than again portray the suavest agent on acetate, but the financial lure and a promise to …

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  1. disgustedoftunbridgewells Silver badge

    Surely The Sun are sticking their oar in? Previously, if memory serves, they've pushed for David Beckham and Robbie Williams

    1. werdsmith Silver badge

      Danny Dyer, nailed on.

    2. Bob Vistakin
      Childcatcher

      Keith Vaz is about to have ample time on his hands.

      1. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge
        Happy

        You've all got it wrong. The answer is obvious. It's staring us in the face! What a shame there's no html markup for accents.

        So please engage your internal soft Yorkshire accent mode now.

        The name's Bennett. Alan Bennett. Licensed to offer macaroons...

  2. Chris Miller

    I'll do it $120 (not million) ...

    1. Steve K Silver badge
      Coat

      Chris, is that all you can afford....?

  3. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken Silver badge

    Why can't we just clone Sean Connery and be done with it now and for ever?

    1. macjules Silver badge

      What a scary thought: clones of the Marbella misogynist endlessly playing James Bond ad infinitum.

  4. Korev Silver badge
    Pint

    Julian Clary?

    As there's no vodka-martini icon ->

    1. scarletherring
      Coat

      Warwick Davis?

      What? Ah yes, I'll get my coat.

      1. Mutton Jeff

        Re: Warwick Davis?

        Agent 3.5?

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Warwick Davis?

          Windsor Davies?

  5. Steve Todd

    MiG fighter?

    Try an Areo L39 (Czechoslovakian jet trainer that can be bought comparatively cheaply once the old eastern block fell apart).

    1. Afernie
      Thumb Up

      Re: MiG fighter?

      "Try an Aero L39 (Czechoslovakian jet trainer that can be bought comparatively cheaply once the old eastern block fell apart)."

      Which is precisely what Bond did in "Tomorrow Never Dies", absconding with said L39 Albatros from a black market arms fair in the opening sequence, without (as usual) even having read the manual.

    2. Pat O'Ban

      Re: MiG fighter?

      Sounds like El Reg is getting behind and going full-thrust for Larry Ellison

      1. Afernie

        Re: MiG fighter?

        "Sounds like El Reg is getting behind and going full-thrust for Larry Ellison"

        I think Larry's more in line for the next Bond villain role. I see the US Government still won't let him import that Mig-29 he bought. They know an attempt to build a private military (complete with air force) in a secret underground lair when they see one...

  6. Steve Crook

    All right then.

    I'll do it. Anything to stop Craig ruining another couple of films with that constipated monkey face he does when he's trying to look concerned. Or cool. Or worried. Not a penny under £100k per film and I want a big caravan on set. One of those shiny aerostream jobbies.

    I don't have any experience of acting, but then that's never exactly been important has it.

    When do I start?

    1. boltar Silver badge

      Re: All right then.

      " Anything to stop Craig ruining another couple of films with that constipated monkey face he does when he's trying to look concerned. Or cool. Or worried."

      I think Craig has been one of the better bonds behind Dalton (very underrated) and Connery. He was certainly a huge step up from Brosnan who was just the milk tray man with better gear.

      1. Matt 21

        Re: All right then.

        You say that as if there was something wrong with the Milk Tray man :-)

  7. tfewster Silver badge
    Joke

    Or someone closer to home?

    I expect jake could meet those criteria.

    1. AndyS

      Re: Or someone closer to home?

      I heard he already acted Bond once, but the post-production studio wasn't up to the standard he demanded, so he wouldn't allow it to be released.

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Sigh ...

    once again, the "secret" to playing Bond as a character, rather than a cipher, is to capture the suave debonair playboy, but also never let people forget this man is a ruthless killer who *would* (not could) snap your neck without breaking stride - a air of menace.

    As history shows, very few actors have been up to the task. In a way, it's a shame that the first Bond* was such a perfect example in Sean Connery. The Scots burr made him seem refined, and the actor himself was a bit of a bruiser.

    To be honest, Craig is one of the best Bond - he also mixes the rough with the smooth.

    I know Idris Elba has been mentioned. I see no reason for Bond to remain white, so it would be an intriguing possibility.

    Tom Hiddleston (also mentioned a lot) lacks that air of menace.

    This is why the best bet is a (relatively) unknown actor (as Connery was). They must come to the screen with no preconceptions.

    *pedant trap

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Sigh ...

      Relatively unknown to follow on, what you mean someone like George Lazenby after Connery?

      1. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken Silver badge

        Re: Sigh ...

        Lazenby wasn't that bad; as an actor he had about the same range as Moore.

        OHMSS sort of failed because it deviated from the formula in two vital points.

        1. Bond getting married.

        2. "Solving" that by letting the bad guy kill Bond's wife on their honeymoon. Which means the movie ends without Bond being the winner that takes all.

        Also, killing Emma Peel Diana Rigg - what were they thinking?

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Sigh ...

          To deviate slightly from the future - Tracy Draco - I never understood the omission of that fact when Bond was being taunted about losing all of the Women he had ever cared for. 'M", Vesper were both mentioned but not the "big" hit on his private life. If a villain had been responsible for every loss, wouldn't the one woman Bond married have figured in the taunt?

          As for the black Bond Question - Bond is the son of a Scottish Crofter - Read the books! You can lose the Supercharged Bentley, Universal Exports Etc, but lets keep something of the original back story huh?

          1. LewisRage

            Re: Sigh ...

            For a poor tenant crofter his parents certainly had a very nice big old house that we saw at the end of Skyfall...

            At this point everything has deviated so much from the books objecting to a black man playing the role is pretty pointless.

          2. IsJustabloke Silver badge
            Happy

            Re: Sigh ...

            "being taunted about losing all of the Women he had ever cared for. 'M", Vesper were both mentioned but not the "big" hit on his private life."

            Cos in the Bond timeline... "Casino Royal" happens before he meets and marries "Tracy"

          3. Martin an gof Silver badge

            Re: Sigh ...

            'M", Vesper were both mentioned but not the "big" hit on his private life

            I understood that the Daniel Craig films were essentially a "reboot". They are re-telling stories that have been told before and in some ways they seem to me to be closer to the books. I'm close to saying that DC is my favourite Bond(*).

            Being a reboot, everything is wiped, though of course they put some references in to try to keep the fans on side and the carry-over of M is a bit incongruous, though Dame Judy was an excellent M.

            In Daniel Craig's continuity therefore, Mrs. Bond hasn't happened.

            At least, that's the way I work it out ;-)

            M.

            (*)Of course the "ultimate" Bond is the one in my head, but I also have three versions of him; first from the Fleming books (some of which were better than others) but also from the Charlie Higson "young Bond" books (not at all bad) and the Anthony Horowitz Alex Rider books. The Fleming books have dated badly, and even re-watching the old films - particularly the Roger Moore ones - with my children is a slightly cringe-worthy experience to modern sensibilities.

        2. nijam Silver badge

          Re: Sigh ...

          > Lazenby wasn't that bad

          I believe the low opinion of Lazenby stemmed initially from the fact that Diana Rigg really disliked him - or was that a scurrilous rumour?

    2. boltar Silver badge

      Re: Sigh ...

      " know Idris Elba has been mentioned. I see no reason for Bond to remain white, so it would be an intriguing possibility."

      He's certainly a good enough actor, but the painful truth is a black bond just wouldn't sell in some markets so MGM has to play it safe. For now.

      "Tom Hiddleston (also mentioned a lot) lacks that air of menace."

      Agreed. He comes across more as one of the Oxbridge type civil servants that bond despises.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Sigh ...

      It -would- be nice if they could find somebody who has half a clue about where to keep his trigger finger and point the gun while getting ready. It is not very nice to endanger the bystanders.

    4. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

      Re: Sigh ...

      "This is why the best bet is a (relatively) unknown actor (as Connery was). They must come to the screen with no preconceptions."

      Yes, this. The "franchise" is the real star. Hollywood really need to step back from the "star vehicle" and get back to making films, not promos for already rich "stars".

  9. Natalie Gritpants

    Gina Carano

    Frightened me in Haywire

    1. Dave 126 Silver badge

      Re: Gina Carano

      No problem with being a female (indeed, if you search the Reg forums for her name, you'll see the OP but yours that mentioned her was from me), but an American?

      But hey, voice coaches do wonders these days, and any lingering trace of her native accent could be ascribed to her character having spent time studying in the US, or on secondment with the CIA or whatever.

    2. Hollerithevo Silver badge

      Re: Gina Carano

      Ms Gritpants your taste is impeccable.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Gina Carano

        To paraphrase Machiavelli, a person's tastes are individual to them but their fears are universal. Ms Gritpants expressed no sign of her taste, only of her fears.

      2. Roger Kynaston

        Re: Gina Carano

        I would definitely like a Jane Bond and Gina would be first class. Any british actresses?

  10. Khaptain Silver badge

    Not easy to follow on from.

    Daniel Craig brought James Bond into the contemporary world, would love to see him continue BUT only if the scripts are worthwhile and not some Rinse and Repeat money maker as per the latest Jason Bourne "episode".

    The writers really made a worthwhile continuation by bringing Bond back to a cold , heartless, character, I hope it continues... Daniel Craig personified the role perfectly

  11. Ol' Grumpy

    I thought based on the Jag adverts, Tom Hiddleston would do a good job.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Also, based on his appearance in the TV adaptation of le Carre's "The Night Manager".

    2. nichomach

      He was great in The Night Manager (still hoping for a second series), and he's fun as Loki (the Hulk throwing him around like a dishrag followed by the *Uuuuuuuuuuuuunnnnnnnhhh...." in Assemble is still one of my favourite bits), but he's not Bond.

  12. Steve Davies 3 Silver badge

    My vote is for

    Idris Elba but that would go down like a lead balloon in many parts of the USA.

  13. Christoph Silver badge

    Unfortunately John Cleese is probably too old

  14. israel_hands

    I always though Timothy Dalton did the ruthless part quite well, came across as a cold-hearted prick which was right for Bond. Unfortunately he wasn't working with the greatest scripts.

    Personally I'd vote Chiwetal Ejiofor. Anyone who doubts he'd be any good should watch him as the Agent in Serenity. He also did the cold-hearted bastard part very well in Children of Men. Speaking of which, I've always thought Clive Owen would make a fucking awesome Bond but I think he's probably getting on a bit for it now. Shame really.

    1. Baldy50

      Beat me to it bud, Chiwetal Ejiofor was brilliant in Serenity and yes I've always thought Clive Owen would have made a good bond too.

      Enjoyed the flamboyant character and his acting in 'Shoot Em Up' with Monic Bellucci and Paul Giamatti

    2. Highroads

      Best Bond we never had.

      Yes, I think Clive Owen would have been excellent. I would pick Chiwetel too but he is already, according to the rumours, possibly the best Dr. Who we never had.

      1. israel_hands

        Re: Best Bond we never had.

        Personally I always had Patterson Joseph (The Johnson from Peepshow) down as a great choice for Doctor Who. Obviously can't happen because of the whiners but I think he'd have been spot-on for the role.

    3. Faceless Man

      I'd upvote you twice if I could. Agree with both points. Dalton nailed the "shoot you in the back without blinking" aspect of Bond, but the scripts were terrible.

      Also, I think Ejiofor would be a better choice than Elba. I like Elba, but I always see him as too bombastic for Bond. Bond isn't a booming voice, he's a quiet menace. Ejiofor can really do quiet menace (as mentioned above, Serenity shows that), and the trailer for Doctor Strange shows him capable of the casual one-liner, as well.

    4. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

      Upvote for Timothy Dalton. They really should have had him take over directly from Connery.

  15. getHandle

    For some strange reason...

    Richard Ayoade springs to mind. Left field enough?

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