Casting Call: Actors We’d Like To See Play James Bond

September 12, 2014  |  
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James Bond was a fictional British intelligence officer who first appeared in novels and was brought to life in 1962’s “Dr. No.” Sean Connery was the first to play the smooth talking ladies man and British actor Daniel Craig has been Agent 007 for the last three movies. As we think about the next iter Here are some other male celebrities that we wouldn’t mind seeing as the iconic character.

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington has played everyone from a hired gunman to a crooked cop to Malcolm X so why couldn’t he play James Bond? Washington has proven time and time again that he could hold his own when handling a gun on film and isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. While promoting his latest film “The Equalizer,” Washington took part in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” chat and showed his interest in playing Bond. “The next James Bond? They better hurry up!” Washington wrote in response to a fan’s question. “Yes I would! Who’s doing James Bond now… Daniel Craig! Did they shoot another one? Everybody should tweet Denzel is James Bond! Send it to the studio! We start the Denzel is Bond campaign today! James Washington. Denzel Bond!”

Idris Elba

We first fell for Idris Elba when we were introduced to him as Stringer Bell in the HBO acclaimed series “The Wire.” Elba would make an ideal James Bond because he’s tall, dark, handsome and British. It would be a treat to hear him talk with his natural English accent on the silver screen. And his millions and millions of female fans would love to see him dressed up as Bond, playing the suave character working his way through a bevy of women while still keeping his eyes on the bad guys.

Samuel L. Jackson

With nearly 70 movies under his belt, no one has pulled in more at the box office than Samuel L. Jackson. His deadpan face and signature booming voice have always made him a favorite among fans. Sure, it may be a stretch to see Jackson play a character who has a way with the fairer sex but it would be worth it to see him chase after international villains. He would definitely bring a certain flair to the character that others just couldn’t bring.

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Chiwetel Ejiofor already had a successful career in the U.K. before he was introduced to a new audience here in the U.S. in his breakout role in “12 Years A Slave.” He garnered a lot of accolades and acclaim for his portrayal of Solomon Northup and was nominated for both a Golden Globe and Academy award. Even though he walked away empty-handed, the English actor’s profile has gone through the roof and fans would love to see him flex his acting chops to play the international man of mystery.

Michael Ealy

With his haunting light eyes and chiseled jawbone, there’s no denying the sex appeal of Michael Ealy. It wouldn’t be much of s stretch to see him as James Bond. In addition to his killer good looks, Ealy has already shown us that he could play action roles. Ealy was physical in both of the short-lived television shows “Almost Human” and “Common Law.” And of course he’d drive the ladies wild in a double-breasted tuxedo.

Henry Cavill

Henry Cavill had a few minor roles on British TV early on but his career reached new heights when he was cast as Superman in “Man of Steel.” The 2012 film became the highest-grossing Superman movie of all time. Since the dark and brooding Cavill has already proven that he could be the face of one blockbuster franchise, what’s one more? The English-born actor, who will reprise Superman in both the upcoming “Batman vs Superman” and the “Justice League,” would have no problem pulling off the martini-drinking British intelligence officer.

Don Cheadle

Don Cheadle has played numerous characters, none perhaps as good as the money-hungry management consultant Marty Kaan on Showtime’s “House of Lies.” Despite his greed, Kaan walks with an air of confidence and owns any room that he walks in. Cheadle may not be an obvious choice for James Bond but if nothing else, Agent 007 is super confident, something that the “Hotel Rwanda” star can pull off in his sleep.

Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum became the object of every woman’s fantasy when he stripped down to his skivvies to star in “Magic Mike.” Based on his real life story back when he was working at the clubs as a male stripper, Tatum proved that his chiseled abs were box office gold. Although, he’d spend more time clothed than undressed, Tatum’s sex symbol status would no doubt help sell tickets.

Sean “Diddy” Combs

Sean “Diddy” Combs started out launching his own label before becoming an artist himself. Then he tried his hand at acting and after snagging a few roles in “Monster’s Ball” and “Made” and conquering the great, white way with a lead role in the Tony award winning play, “A Raisin In The Sun,” he was ready for something bigger. Back in 2004, Diddy expressed his interest in playing James Bond and declared that the world was ready for a black Bond. Diddy also wanted Angelina Jolie to play his Bond girl. Daniel Craig was cast as Bond instead.

Olivier Martinez

We don’t know too much about actor Olivier Martinez other than the fact that he’s married to Halle Berry. He’s starred in numerous films but in 2012 he landed up on the front pages of the weekly magazines after getting into a physical altercation with Gabriel Aubry, the father of Berry’s daughter. Judging from the shiner that the Canadian model was walking around with, there’s no doubt that Martinez could fight and as James Bond being quick on his feet would definitely come in handy in the fight scenes.

Will Smith

There was a time when Will Smith ruled the Fourth of July holiday weekend at the box office. He kicked things off with “Independence Day” and kept the winning streak going with the popular “Men In Black” films. But his latest effort “After Earth,” which co-starred his son Jaden, was a dud. Being cast as the next James Bond would no doubt create more than enough buzz for Smith and it would be a no brainer to release the next installment of the franchise on the same holiday that he once dominated.

Christian Bale

When he was just 13 years old, Christian Bale was cast in a Steven Spielberg movie. Since then he’s starred in both blockbuster smashes and independent films. Bale was superb as Batman and unrecognizable his Oscar nominated role in “American Hustler” as con artist Irving Rosenfeld. He would make an excellent James Bond because he would bring a certain mysterious element to the role and there is something very sexy about a mysterious man.

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