This week sees the release of Spectre, the newest instalment in the James Bond franchise and Daniel Craig has indicated that this may be his last appearance as 007 although he admits he has not made a decision. So this begs the question, if this is his last outing, who will be the next person to say the the iconic phrase, “The name’s Bond, James Bond” and ask for a Vodka Martini, “Shaken, not stirred”?
We’ve identified who we think are the contenders for the role.
Luke Evans was born in Pontypool, Wales, before moving to London in 1997 to pursue a career in acting. His first acting jobs were on stage in London’s West End before he got his big break in Hollywood blockbuster Clash of the Titans.
Evans is best known for his roles in Dracula Untold and for playing the part of Bard in the Hobbit films. He’s also been signed up to play the sleazy Gaston in the live action remake of Beauty and the Beast which is scheduled for release in 2017.
Recent pictures of Evans walking out of the see on the Greek island of Mykonos were reminiscent of Craig in Casino Royale and prove that he has all the attributes to be James Bond.
Evans would become the first openly gay actor to take on the role.
The former Downton Abbey star had his Hollywood breakthrough moment when he was cast in 2014 comedy, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.
He has been cast alongside Evans in the live action remake of Beauty and the Beast in the role of The Beast.
Stevens received critical acclaim for when he starred in independent film The Guest; a part that saw him hit the gym and show off a six-pack and pecs.
Idris Elba’s name has been bandied about many times to take on the part of James Bond.
Many people would love to see a black actor take on the role but others, including James Bond author, Antony Horowitz, who controversially claimed Elba was “too street” to play 007 think that the part should be played by a less controversial choice.
Elba has a strong fanbase following his roles in Luther, The Wire and the Thor films.
Many people might not recognise Lee Pace but he played Ronan, the big blue baddie in Guardians of the Galaxy.
Pace was born in Chickasha, Oklahoma, so if he was to be cast he would be the first American actor to play the part and the first non-British or Irish actor since George Lazenby in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
Pace’s other film credits include A Single Man, Lincoln and the Hobbit trilogy.
Could Superman become a super spy? Henry Cavill certainly exudes the suave sophistication of James Bond.
Cavill first came to most people’s attention in The Tudors before being named the latest actor to take on the role of the Man of Steel.
Cavill recently starred in Guy Ritchie’s remake of 1960s TV series Man from U.N.C.L.E. so he’s got experience of playing a spy.
He’s been Magneto, Macbeth and he’s about to play Steve Jobs in the biopic written by Aaron Sorkin.
We’ve all seen his double oh and seven and it’s certainly impressive. Fassbender would become the first German born Actor to take on the role of James Bond.
Fassbender began his career on TV with parts in Band of Brothers, Trial and Retribution and Agatha Christie’s Poirot before moving to the big screen.
Tom Hiddleston burst onto the Hollywood scene in three of the films from the Marvel Universe starring as Loki in the two Thor films and the first Avengers film.
Like the fictional character of James Bond, Hiddleston attended Eton but that’s where the similarities end.
Hiddleston’s next big role is in the Hank Williams biopic, I Saw The Light where he takes on the lead roll and even shares his vocal abilities with us.
Since arriving on the acting scene at the age of 18, getting rimmed in Russell T Davies’ groundbreaking drama, Queer as Folk, Hunnam has made it big in America as one of the main characters in Sons of Anarchy.
Hunnam was cast as one of the leading actors in Green Street, based on the world of football hooliganism, and sci-fi movie Pacific Rim.
Hunnam was originally cast to play Christian Grey in 50 Shades of Grey but dropped out before filming began due to conflicts with his filming schedule for Sons of Anarchy.
There are plenty of other actors who will certainly be in contention for the role but these are our favourites. Is there anyone you think we have missed or you think would make a better Bond? Let us know by tweeting us.