Daniel Craig’s No Time To Die may have been postposed seven months, but speculation is always rife over who the next James Bond will be. Two stars who have had very good odds over the past few years are Idris Elba and Tom Hardy. But a 007 expert reckons Elba’s time has passed.
James Bond expert and author of new book Quantum of Silliness: The Peculiar World of Bond, Robbie Sims doesn’t believe producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson are even thinking about Craig’s replacement right now.
Nevertheless, he shared his thoughts on the chances of some of the biggest stars with the best odds of being the next Bond.
Sims admitted: “Idris Elba would be great as Bond.
“I think he’s missed the boat unfortunately since he’s in his late forties now.”
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The Bond expert continued: “So if they wanted him to do more than one film, there’s a danger he’s going to go into A View To Kill territory where he’s a lot older than his leading lady.”
Sims was referring to Sir Roger Moore’s seventh and final outing in 1985’s A View To Kill.
The outgoing Bond was 57-years-old (five years older than Craig is now) when he starred opposite the 29-year-old Tanya Roberts.
Despite his doubts surrounding Elba’s chances, Sims reckons Hardy is still within a chance.
The Bond expert added: “Tom Hardy would be alright.
“And if Christopher Nolan got his hands on it, he might want to cast him as they’ve worked together before.”
The Dunkirk and Inception director is a huge Bond fan and has previously admitted to having spoken with Barbara Broccoli about the opportunity.
However, Nolan is only interested if he can helm a “reinvention”.
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Well with Craig leaving the franchise surely Bond 26 is the perfect opportunity for Nolan to do just that.
Although, at the moment his latest blockbuster Tenet looks like his version of a Bond movie, but with time travel.
The 007 expert also brought up Superman star Henry Cavill, who lost out to Craig in the final round of auditions for Casino Royale.
Cavill was director Martin Campbell’s choice but was considered too young for the role being in his early twenties.
Sims said: “He’d be great, but it’s nice when they go for somebody who isn’t already an established star. I’m not sure you should have one actor playing two icons, it’s just too greedy.
“You’ve got to get someone who’s at least young in the tooth, to begin with.
“It means you can look at the character and not have him tainted by other things.”
And as for his personal pick, he’d go for Rogue One star Riz Ahmed.
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