NEXT BOND

Secret agent

Speculating on who the next actor to portray James Bond is a time-honored tradition. Each month, I will be ranking the top 7 contenders to take over for Daniel Craig. 2019’s 25th official Bond movie will be Craig’s 5th and final turn as 007. It’s been a remarkable era, but now it’s time to think about which actor will take this character in the 2020s.

You can forget about me listing big name actors like Tom Hardy, Tom Hiddleston, Henry Cavill, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba, etc.

Four out of the six men who played Bond have either been unknowns or actors who weren’t household names. The other two were well-known TV actors, not movie stars, before stepping into Bond’s shoes. My list is going to be a mix of actors who have been mentioned as serious contenders to be the 7th Bond, and some out-of-the-box contenders.

 

001. James Norton

James Nortonphoto credit: GETTY

Age: 33

Height: 6’1

Nationality: British

Best Known For: Happy Valley (TV), War & Peace (TV), McMafia (TV)

 

002. Aidan Turner

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Age: 35

Height: 6’0

Nationality: Irish

Best Known For: Poldark (TV), And Then There Were None (TV)

 

003. Jack Huston

Jack Huston arrives for the Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City.

Photo: Karwai Tang—WireImage/Getty Images

Age: 35

Height: 6’0

Nationality: British

Best Known For: Boardwalk Empire (TV), American Hustle (film), Ben-Hur (film)

 

004. Charlie Hunnam

PHOTO: DAVID FISHER/SHUTTERSTOCK/REX

Age: 38

Height: 6’0

Nationality: British

Best Known For: Sons of Anarchy (TV), Pacific Rim (film), The Lost City of Z (film), King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (film)

 

005. Dan Stevens

Photo: Mike Marsland/WireImage

Age: 35

Height: 6’1

Nationality: British

Best Known For: Downtown Abbey (TV), Beauty and the Beast (film), The Man Who Invented Christmas (film), Legion (TV)

 

006. Tom Hughes

Image result for tom hughes james bond Photo: InStyle

Age: 32

Height: 6’1

Nationality: British

Best Known For: About Time (film), The Game (TV)

 

007. Tom Bateman

Image result for tom bateman 007photo credit: Vianney Le Caer – Invision – AP

Age: 29

Height: 6’2

Nationality: British

Best Known For: Murder on the Orient Express (film), Da Vinci’s Demons (TV)