New James Bond: 6 Actors In The Running To Play The Next 007

New James Bond: 6 Actors In The Running To Play The Next 007

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With Daniel Craig finally putting his take on James Bond to rest, fans are excited to know who will be the next actor to take up the 007 moniker, after ‘No Time To Die.’

It’s hard to find a character more iconic than James Bond. After debuting in 1962’s Dr. No (with Sean Connery playing the man himself), James Bond has been one of the most famous characters to grace the silver screen. In the nearly 60 years since 007 hit the big screen, he’s been played by five actors (Sean, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnanand Daniel Craig) across 25 movies. With 2021’s No Time To Die, Daniel Craig has officially called it a day playing 007, giving someone else the opportunity to take on the role.

While nothing official has been announced about who will play Bond next, fans have naturally chimed in with all sorts of discussions about what actors could encapsulate the super spy. There’s also been much discussion about diversifying the role and casting a non-white or non-male actor. Find out about some of the people that might be in the running to be the next 007 here!

Sam Heughan
Sam has revealed that he auditioned for the leading role in ‘Casino Royale.’ (Matt Baron/Shutterstock)

Outlander actor Sam Heughan, 41, has been floated a possible replacement for Daniel Craig, especially because he actually auditioned to be Bond in 2006’s Casino Royale. He revealed that he’d tried out for the part in a June interview on the podcast Just The Facts With Alex Zane. While even getting to audition to play 007 is an honor, the Island At War star admitted that he felt ill-equipped at the time. “It was an amazing experience and I was completely out of my depth,” he said, via Parade. He also explained that he felt like he’s now the “right age” for the part. “I feel capable enough to do it. I’d love the opportunity to throw my hat in the ring. Definitely,” he said.


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Idris Elba
Idris Elba has long stoked fan’s desire for him to play Bond. (David Fisher/Shutterstock)

Idris Elba, 49, has long been a fan-favorite to take up the 007 codename, and the star clearly enjoyed stoking the flames. When fans started campaigning for The Wire actor to take on the role in 2014, Idris tweeted that he was happy fans thought he was a good fit. “Isn’t 007 supposed to handsome? Glad you think I’ve got a shot! ” he tweeted. He’s tweeted few more times getting fans on edge, like in 2018, when he shared selfie with the words “My name’s Elba. Idris Elba,” after the famous Bond quote. He also shared an “awks” selfie of him and Daniel Craig at an award show in 2019, clearly having fun with the rumors. While fans might want to see Idris suit up, he shut down the possibility of it happening anytime soon in an October interview with ITV. “No I’m not going to be James Bond,” he said.

Lashana Lynch
Lashana Lynch’s character Nomi already took up the 007 mantle in ‘No Time To Die.’ (Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP/Shutterstock)

Lashana Lynch, 33, has already made history as the first Black woman to take up the 007 codename. Her character Nomi in No Time To Die was revealed to be James Bond’s successor. With Daniel Craig no longer playing James Bond, if the plots from his movies continue, Lashana can surely keep the story going as the all-new 007.

Tom Hiddleston
Tom Hiddleston has long been rumored to be taking on the Bond role. (Shutterstock )

Another fan favorite to takeover the franchise has been Avengers star Tom Hiddleston, 40. The actor has been rumored to take over the franchise in the past, but a source close to producer Barbara Broccoli told Page Six in 2017 that she didn’t think he was the right fit. “Plus, Barbara Broccoli doesn’t like Tom Hiddleston, he’s a bit too smug and not tough enough to play James Bond,” the source said.

Although he may not have been the right fit in 2017, fans have still rode hard for Tom, and he was asked about the rumors again in an April interview with Empire Magazine. “What can I say that you don’t already know?” he said when asked about the speculation, via Independent. “It’s interesting in itself that I’ve suddenly become very aware of what I’m saying, is it not?”

Henry Cavill
Henry Cavill has said that he’s ‘keen’ to discuss playing 007. (David Fisher/Shutterstock)

After playing icon with Superman, Henry Cavill38, has shown interest in taking up the Bond role now that Daniel Craig is finished. “If Barbara [Broccoli] and Michael [G. Wilson] interested me in any capacity to be a part of their movies, then I will gladly have that discussion, and that would be something I’d be very keen to explore further,” he said, via Cinemablend.

Regé-Jean Page
After wow-ing fans in ‘Bridgerton,’ Regé-Jean Page has been speculated to be the next 007. (David Fisher/Shutterstock)

While he’s stayed coy about whether or not he could crop up in season 2 of Bridgerton, Regé-Jean Page31, is yet another name on the tip of Bond-fans tongues! The actor said that it’s both exciting and something of a rite-of-passage for English actors to be rumored to take on 007, although nothing is set. “Ah, the B word. I think that if you are British and you do anything of note, that other people take notice of, then people will start talking about that,” he said in April 2021 to Mirror. “I think that’s fairly normal and I’m flattered to be in the category of Brits that people have noticed.”

 

Grace Jones, 73, Rocks Sexy Bodysuit At Icon Ball During London Fashion Week — Photos

Grace Jones, 73, Rocks Sexy Bodysuit At Icon Ball During London Fashion Week — Photos

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Grace Jones showcased her toned figure in a sexy bodysuit while on stage at Icon Ball during London Fashion Week — see the photos here!

Grace Jones, 73, stole the show in a jaw-dropping bodysuit (which she’s gloriously done before) while on stage at the Icon Ball during London Fashion Week on Friday, Sept. 17. The hitmaker’s black sequined ensemble was one-of-a-kind and the star-studded audience at the Landmark Hotel appeared to love it.

Grace Jones on stage at Icon Ball on Sept. 17, 2021. (Richard Young/Shutterstock)

The full outfit consisted of a tight black corset paired with a long black sequined coat and a feathered headpiece. Like we said, Grace Jones made sure she was the center of attention during her time on stage and the outfit helped her accomplish that.

The sexy performance comes after Grace Jones reportedly stepped away from her role in the new James Bond movie, No Time To Die. In 2019, it was rumored that the singer would make a cameo in the new film, 34 years after she appeared alongside Roger Moore in A View To A Kill. It’s not clear why she walked away from the role and the chance to return to the long-running franchise, but according to the The Sun, Grace wasn’t happy with the script.


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Grace Jones on the red carpet before London Fashion Week’s Icon Ball on Sept. 17, 2021. (David Fisher/Shutterstock)

“Bosses were really excited about landing her. Of course, she comes with a reputation, so they organized premium accommodation and rolled out the red carpet on set to make her feel welcome,” a source previously told The Sun. “But it turns out Grace was expecting to play a bigger role in the movie and took her brief cameo as a slight.”

It’s a shame Grace Jones won’t appear in the new James Bond movie, but at least she’s still performing and fans get to enjoy her talents on stage.

Jidenna – The Let Out (feat. Nana Kwabena)

[Verse 1: Jidenna]
Everytime I pull up at the let out it’s a spectacle
Heard the shit was jumpin’ like the wall that border Mexico
This the only time we on time and on schedule
Collars on the shirt niggas trying to look respectable
Then I spot her with the fur and ice like an eskimo
Stretching out my cash so I’m hoping that she flexible
Shorties swinging purses and niggas swinging testicles
Eating fast food but we smoking on a vegetable
She looking man, She looking man
Go hook her man, Go hook her man
And that lame tryna holler he a Bond wanna-be
He a Roger Moore nigga I’m a Sean Connery, I know
Now you looking at a man that’s on a mission
Blind-sided cuz your man don’t go no vision
Enemies tryna pack us in a prison
But we gon’ pack up in that old Honda Civic

[Pre-Chorus: Jidenna]
Yeah, yeah
All hunt and all prey
Yeah, yeah
Why they looking at the wave
Yeah, yeah
Yall can bring it our way
Yeah, yeah
But awww no you won’t, aww no you won’t

[Chorus: Jidenna]
Yeah I’m running late so just meet me at the let out
Y’all tryna get in but I’m tryna get out
Niggas getting robbed get shot at the let out
Heels in her hand while she leaving out the let out
I’ma meet my mans at the mothafuckin let out
Preying on a fox yeah a fox with her tail out
Ooh I can’t wait, I can’t wait until they get out
We be fresh as hell when we meet up at the let out

[Verse 2: Quavo]
I ain’t givin’ these niggas no points just a shut out
I bet I take your hoe right after they let her out
I’m the boss, the huncho walkin’ with my chest out
I got 3 mill in cash stash it away in the guest house
I’m runnin’ so late, I’m runnin’ so late, I go get the money and shake
Soon as I pull up we run out the let out, we don’t got time to debate
Throwin’ cash off stage, supportin’ the minimum wage
Gotta let my wings fly, if you let me out the cage
If I ever go to jail, I’ma bail out
Then we gotta pipe it up at the let out
Latifah the queen we set it off
We don’t want the deal, the bet is off
Just throw me the ball we hit it off
You say we gon get where we started off

[Pre-Chorus: Jidenna]
Yeah, yeah
All hunt and all prey
Yeah, yeah
Why they looking at the wave
Yeah, yeah
Yall can bring it our way
Yeah, yeah
But awww no you won’t, aww no you won’t

[Chorus: Jidenna]
Yeah I’m running late so just meet me at the let out
Y’all tryna get in but I’m tryna get out
Niggas getting robbed get shot at the let out
Heels in her hand while she leaving out the let out
I’ma meet my mans at the mothafuckin let out
Preying on a fox yeah a fox with her tail out
Ooh I can’t wait, I can’t wait until they get out
We be fresh as hell when we meet up at the let out

[Bridge: Jidenna]
Broke niggas met up at the let out
Tryna get in we tryna get out
We used to meet up at the let out
On the fox with her tail out
Oooh
We can’t wait until they get out
Oooh
We fresh as hell at the let out
Woooah
We used to meet up at the let out
Woah
Broke niggas at the let out

[Chorus: Jidenna]
Yeah I’m running late so just meet me at the let out
Y’all tryna get in but I’m tryna get out
Niggas getting robbed get shot at the let out
Heels in her hand while she leaving out the let out
I’ma meet my mans at the mothafuckin let out
Preying on a fox yeah a fox with her tail out
Ooh I can’t wait, I can’t wait until they get out
We be fresh as hell when we meet up at the let out

[Outro: Jidenna]
I’m at the let out
I’m at the let out now
We tryna get out
We tryna get out now

Jidenna – The Let Out (feat. Quavo)

[Verse 1: Jidenna]
Every time I pull up at the let out it’s spectacle
Heard this shit was jumpin’ like the waterboard in Mexico
This the only time we on time and on schedule
Collars on the shirts, niggas tryin’ live respectable
Then I spot her with the fur and ice like a Eskimo
Stretchin’ all my carrots so I’m hopin’ that she flexible
Shawty swingin’ purses, and nigga swingin’ testicles
Eatin’ fat food, but we smokin’ on the vegetable
She lookin’ man, she lookin’ man
Go hook her man, go hook her man
And a lame tryin’ holler he a bum on a beat
He a Roger Moore nigga, and I’m a Sean Connery
I know, now you lookin’ at a man that’s on a mission
Blind sided ’cause your man ain’t got no vision
Enemies tryin’ pack us in the prisons
But we gon pack up in that old Honda Civic, yeah yeah

[Bridge]
Uh huh, and know I pray, yeah yeah
Why they lookin’ at the wave, yeah yeah
Ya’ll could bring it our way, yeah yeah
But I don’t know you want, I don’t know you want

[Hook]
Yeah I’m runnin’ late so just meet me at the let out
Ya’ll tryin’ get in but I’m tryin’ get out
Niggas gettin’ robbed gettin’ shot at the let out
Heels in her hand while she leavin’ out the let out
I’ma meet my mans at the mother fuckin’ let out
Prayin’ on the boss, he a boss with her tail out
Oh I can’t wait, I can’t wait till until they get out
We be fresh as hell when we meet at the let out

[Verse 2: Quavo]
I ain’t givin’ these niggas no points just a shut out
I bet I take your hoe right after they let her out
I’m the boss that hunt you walkin’ wit my chest out
I got 3 mill in cash stash it away in the guest house
I’m runnin’ so late, I’m runnin’ so late, I go get the money and shake
Soon as I pull up we run out the let out, we don’t got time to debate
Throwin’ cash off stage, supportin’ the minimum wage
Gotta let my wings fly, if you let me out the cage
If I ever go to jail, I’ma bail out
Then we gotta pipe it up at the let out
Latifa the queen we set it off
We don’t want the deal, the bet is off
Just throw me the ball we hit it off
You say we gon get where we started off

[Bridge]
Uh huh, and know I pray, yeah yeah
Why they lookin’ at the wave, yeah yeah
Ya’ll could bring it our way, yeah yeah
But I don’t know you want, I don’t know you want

[Hook]
Yeah I’m runnin’ late so just meet me at the let out
Ya’ll tryin’ get in but I’m tryin’ get out
Niggas gettin’ robbed gettin’ shot at the let out
Heels in her hand while she leavin’ out the let out
I’ma meet my mans at the mother fuckin’ let out
Prayin’ on the boss, he a boss with her tail out
Oh I can’t wait, I can’t wait till until they get out
We be fresh as hell when we meet at the let out

[Bridge 2]
Broke niggas met up at the let out
Gotta get in, we tryin’ get out
We used to meet up at the let out
On the phone [?]
Ohh, we can’t wait until they get out
We fresh as hell at the let out
Woah, we used to meet up at the let out
Woah, broke niggas at the let out

[Hook]
Yeah I’m runnin’ late so just meet me at the let out
Ya’ll tryin’ get in but I’m tryin’ get out
Niggas gettin’ robbed gettin’ shot at the let out
Heels in her hand while she leavin’ out the let out
I’ma meet my mans at the mother fuckin’ let out
Prayin’ on the boss, he a boss with her tail out
Oh I can’t wait, I can’t wait till until they get out
We be fresh as hell when we meet at the let out