Our picks for the next James Bond


Now that Daniel Craig has retired as 007 with No Time To Die , one question is on everyone’s lips: who will succeed him? We take a wild guess or make a wish as if we had just blown out birthday candles. If we were casting directors, we would choose one of these candidates to become the next James Bond.

As much as I’d like to give a woman the fame and prestige that comes with a role like 007, I think there’s more to James Bond than the hyper-masculine archetypes we’ve seen so far. Hollywood needs to invest in sustainable (action) roles for women and further refine James Bond. Hence my choices below, although I can be found for many candidates.

Kingsley Ben-Adir
This 35-year-old Brit with roots in Trinidad is about to break through completely, and rightly so. Notable pop culture buffs may have seen him a few years ago in movies like World War Z and The Commuter , or series like Peaky Blinders , The OA , High Fidelity , or The Comey Rule (as Barack Obama!). But the entertainment industry only really became aware of the actor since One Night in Miami… , Regina King’s directorial debut. As Malcolm X, he makes an overwhelming impression, with the capacity to be both soft and hard. he is charmingand a tad mysterious too, and has no problem playing iconic roles. James Bond is therefore a perfect role for him. [/column]

Max Minghella
This actor also deserves a big(er) breakthrough. You may still know the 36-year-old Londoner of Italian and Chinese descent from The Social Network (in which he played Divya Narendra, the partner of the Winklevoss brothers). But if you know who he is, it might be from his role in The Handmaid’s Tale . As driver Nick you certainly don’t know what to think of him at all in the beginning, but gradually Minghella adds more and more layers to him, both good and bad. He received an Emmy nomination for it this year. A real chameleon with a penetrating look, and he still looks youthful enough to give Bond a different tack again.

I totally agree with what Elien says above. So while guys like Tom Hughes, Theo James or Freddie Stroma would make good candidates to succeed Daniel, we’ve had plenty of Bonds that you could barely make out. So my top picks are:

Alfred Enoch
Many may only know him as Dean, Seamus’ best friend and the main, and almost only, black character in the Harry Potter films. But Alfie Enoch is now 33 and has since built his own career. He had a great lead in Trust Me and How To Get Away With Murder , now also tries sci-fi in Foundation and also bends the West End to his will. And of course it is also very easy on the eyes. So I think he can trade in one franchise for another.

Dev Patel
Patel has been one of my favorite actors for some time, but recently his name has been doing the rounds more and more as the ideal Bond successor. I completely agree with that, because he is a jack of all trades. We know he’s funny from The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and The Personal History of David Copperfield . He received an Oscar nomination for his gripping lead role in Lion and his intense, brooding side we recently got to see in The Green Knight . Off-screen, he also makes everyone fall in love with him through his modest, endearing character ( his bond with Lion co-star Sunny Pawar, anyone??) and his very handsome looks. Moreover, he is only 30 years old, so he could last a few years. Just perfectly.

Belgium’s favorite film-watching sisters are critics of the extraordinary category. But even the best clocks sometimes stop. That’s why both ladies are wrong. Their choices look like men who would rather talk about their feelings while sipping a glass of non-alcoholic lager than put a knife to an opponent’s throat. They forget that James Bond is a celebration of rough-veined masculinity with big balls. You can see that in my choices.

Alex Pettyfer
This 31-year-old actor broke through ten years ago as the protagonist of the movie I am number four and drove the cinema cleaners to despair with his play (and hardbody) in Magic Mike . After that, Pettyfer starred in a flurry of smaller films that rarely fell through the cracks yet went unnoticed. It is therefore time to ennoble him and appoint him as the next James Bond. He still has that mighty torso. That boyish head has grown into a delicious head with character.

Sam Heughan
This actor has the ideal profile. Early forties and already has some decent roles to his name in films like The Spy Who Dumped Me and the TV series Outlander . But he hasn’t been the face of a major movie yet. An ideal candidate to grow into the role of the new Bond. In his spare time, Sam is involved in fitness and the pursuit of the ideal whiskey. Another plus? This kilt-wearing bastard is of Scottish descent, just like primeval Bond Sean Connery.