Many men (and women, thank you very much) have dreamed of uttering the iconic line "the names Bond, James Bond," but only the lucky few can call themselves 007. And while Daniel Craig is captaining the Bond ship at the moment, he seems ready to move on. At least that's what was implied in 2015 when he told Time Out (opens in new tab): 1) "I'd rather break this glass and slash my wrists" and 2) "We're done. All I want to do is move on."
So, what we're getting here is, as much as Daniel Craig totally loves playing James Bond, he's ready to give up the mantle. Though it should be noted that his attitude toward whoever replaces him is literally, "I don't give a f*ck." We, however, give all the f*cks, and have gathered up the men (and one woman) who are volunteering as tribute. May the odds be ever in their favor.
Chances of being Bond: 🍸 🍸 🍸
Anyone who's watched Idris Elba in Luther knows what a fabulous actor he is, and it's clear that he has major Bond vibes. The question? Is Hollywood willing to take a stand against systemic racism and cast a blank Bond? Answer: Hopefully, because Idris would kill it—though he's sick of all the hype. "It feels like I'm campaigning, and I'm not," he said (opens in new tab). "At first it was harmless—oh, I know, wouldn't it be great? And now it's started off racial debates. I'm probably the most famous Bond actor in the world, and I've not even played the role. Enough is enough. I can't talk about it any more."
Chances of being Bond: 🍸 🍸 🍸 🍸
Thanks to a very Bond-esque roll in The Night Manager, Tom Hiddleston seems like a shoo-in for 007. Some argue that his air of mystery has dimmed now that he's dating Taylor Swift, but those people are incorrect. Also, it should be noted that both Tom Hiddleston and James Bond went to Eaton, and Tom was seen (opens in new tab) meeting with Bond producers at Soho House. That aside, the British actor seems pretty meh on the subject. "I don't think that announcement is coming," Hiddleston recently said (opens in new tab). "I am very gratified to hear the enthusiasm. Your guess is as good as mine, to be honest."
*Unclear whether filming James Bond will clash with Tom's Hiddleswifting (opens in new tab) schedule.
Chances of being Bond: 🍸 🍸 🍸 🍸🍸
James Norton hasn't made the leap into American superstardom yet, but go ahead and watch Happy Valley on Netflix and you'll see why he's been pegged as a potential James Bond. He's hard to read, and gives off troubled vibes like it's his job. (Which, to be fair, it is.) He's also on board with male objectification, so playing Bond should be a breeze. "It's been so long, hasn't it, that women have found themselves in that position?" Norton told The Telegraph (opens in new tab). "And so now, it feels right that it is happening the other way round."
Chances of being Bond:🍸🍸🍸🍸🍸🍸
Remember Billy Elliot? He wanted to be a dancer, guys. But then he grew up to be a candidate for James Bond, so whatever. Bell is a pretty young candidate for 007 at just 30, but his acting in Snowpiercer makes it clear why he's in the running. In fact, James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli (best last name ever) entered discussions (opens in new tab) with Bell after working with him on Film Stars Don't Die.
Chances of being Bond:🍸🍸🍸🍸🍸🍸
Never heard of Aidan Turner? It's cool, we got you. Despite not being a household name in the states, Turner has been lauded for his performance in BBC's series Poldark, and put on a distinctly Bond-y display in Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. There's been some concern regarding Poldark's filming schedule, but breath deep: if the Bond Powers That Be want Turner, they'll undoubtedly work around his schedule.
Chances of being Bond:🍸🍸🍸
Given the fact that he carried Mad Max: Fury Road with the sheer power of brooding, the internet is correct in thinking Tom Hardy would make a great Bond. However, Hardy is a serious character actor who's been nominated for an Academy Award. Will he realistically want to pull a Daniel Craig and typecast himself during such an A+ point in his career?
Chances of being Bond:🍸🍸
Guys, Damien Lewis really wants to play James Bond, bless his heart. And while, yes, he was excellent in Homeland, it looks like Mrs. Broccoli and her friends aren't here for it."I've sent them postcards from exotic locations," Lewis joked (opens in new tab) earlier this year. "I've sent selfless of my abs from the gym. I've done everything I can to get the job, and nothing." Sending our thoughts and prayers.
Chances of being Bond: 🍸
That one lonely martini glass makes us sad, too, but while the internet seems to love the idea of Gillian as Bond (opens in new tab), she likely won't even be considered due to this ongoing problem called sexism. Then again:
Follow Marie Claire on F (opens in new tab)acebook (opens in new tab) for the latest celeb news, beauty tips, fascinating reads, livestream video, and more.
Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.
If Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Don't Show Up to the Coronation, It Would Be a "Fatal, Irreversible Blow" for the Royal Rift: Expert
That sounds about right.
By Iris Goldsztajn
I’m a Shopping Editor—My All-Time Favorite Going Out Top Is On Sale at J.Crew
*So* many great things are 40% off right now
By Julia Marzovilla
Beauty Around The Clock: Becky G
The Latin music sensation and beauty guru talks positivity, finding balance, and why mental health is so important for women of color.
By Gabrielle Ulubay
Sarah Hyland and Adam Devine Play 'How Well Do You Know Your Co-Star?'
The 'Modern Family' stars reunited for the 'Pitch Perfect' spinoff series.
By Brooke Knappenberger
The 78 Best Celebrity Couple Halloween Costumes of All Time
Honestly, we're impressed.
By Charlotte Chilton
Super Rare Photos of Queen Elizabeth as a Young Woman
From childhood snapshots to portraits as a young princess, beautiful and rare photos of the late Queen Elizabeth as a young woman.
By Mehera Bonner
King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla's Relationship: A Timeline
With the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, Charles has ascended to the throne as king.
By The Editors
Who Is Next in Line for the British Throne, Explained
And yes—Harry and Archie are still in the line of succession.
By Andrea Park
Who Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Fiancé Riley Roberts?
AOC's husband-to-be is an "easygoing redhead" who lives with her in D.C.
By Katherine J Igoe
68 Times the Kardashians Posed Fully Nude and Owned It
And we mean fully nude—as in, not a shred of clothing.
By Bianca Rodriguez
Who Is Jonathan Owens, Simone Biles's Fiancé and NFL Player?
"The easiest yes!" Simone wrote about the couple's engagement.
By The Editors