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Daniel Craig is to finally hang up his tuxedo following the release of new James Bond movie 'No Time To Die'. After five films and 15 years in the role - overtaking the late great Sir Roger Moore's record as the longest-serving 007 - it is time to find a new actor to drive the Aston Martin cars. But who are the favourites for the blockbuster role?



slimfern

Ian Fleming would have wanted David Niven as James Bond but as he was in his 50s by the time that Dr No was made, Sean Connery was chosen instead.
Niven was 56 when he made Casino Royale (1967 version) but that's not one of the official Bond films.

El Loro

Niven was a great actor but just not sexy enough for Bond

Didn't realise the original Casino Royale wasn't a bond film El..

And to put some out of their misery:
British bookies like Ladbrokes have Lashanna Lynch at 5/1 to be the next Bond. William Hill recently offered excellent odds of 11/2 for a female James Bond in the next movie, with Vigil star Suranne Jones (9/1) and Lashanna Lynch (10/1) leading the way. That may all quickly change after Broccoli's latest comments.

Broccoli said: "James Bond is a male character.

"I hope that there will be many, many films made with women, for women, by women, about women. I don't think we have to take a male character and have a woman portray him. So yes, I see him as male." Phew!

slimfern
@slimfern posted:

Niven was a great actor but just not sexy enough for Bond

Didn't realise the original Casino Royale wasn't a bond film El..

The rights to film the book, which was the first to be published, were owned by a different company to Eon Productions who make the Bond films. The companies couldn't agree to make a film between them. Very troubled production (6 directors and 10 script writers involved, not all credited). Film resulted in a parody and a bit of a mess.

Eon Productions eventually got the rights so were able to make the Daniel Craig version.

El Loro
@El Loro posted:

The rights to film the book, which was the first to be published, were owned by a different company to Eon Productions who make the Bond films. The companies couldn't agree to make a film between them. Very troubled production (6 directors and 10 script writers involved, not all credited). Film resulted in a parody and a bit of a mess.

Eon Productions eventually got the rights so were able to make the Daniel Craig version.

Oh I see...so it was a Bond story.
I don't know about now, but there was always a Bond film on on a bank holiday.....I gave up watching them when Timothy Dalton took over....not seen any since. Besides ...seen one.. pretty much seen them all

slimfern
@slimfern posted:


And to put some out of their misery:
British bookies like Ladbrokes have Lashanna Lynch at 5/1 to be the next Bond. William Hill recently offered excellent odds of 11/2 for a female James Bond in the next movie, with Vigil star Suranne Jones (9/1) and Lashanna Lynch (10/1) leading the way. That may all quickly change after Broccoli's latest comments.

Broccoli said: "James Bond is a male character.

"I hope that there will be many, many films made with women, for women, by women, about women. I don't think we have to take a male character and have a woman portray him. So yes, I see him as male." Phew!

I'm curious as to how the bookies are going to handle bets on Lashanna Lynch: what exactly do they mean by "the next Bond"?

Do they mean "the next actor to play the role of James Bond", or do they mean the next actor to lead the franchise? Even without Broccoli's comments, Lynch clearly isn't going to play "James Bond": her character in the franchise is called "Nomi". However , she is the next "007": not "will be", but - as I understand it - actually is as of the new movie premiered tonight. Between "Spectre" and "No Time to Die", Bond's retired/gone into exile, and Nomi has replaced him as the new 007 agent.

So: if Lynch is going to front a new series of films as Nomi/007, (something that would not contradict Broccoli's comments   ), will the bookies pay out? And if they do, what then happens if another series of films starring a male actor as "James Bond" is then announced to run concurrently?

Eugene's Lair

I'm curious as to how the bookies are going to handle bets on Lashanna Lynch: what exactly do they mean by "the next Bond"?

Do they mean "the next actor to play the role of James Bond", or do they mean the next actor to lead the franchise? Even without Broccoli's comments, Lynch clearly isn't going to play "James Bond": her character in the franchise is called "Nomi". However , she is the next "007": not "will be", but - as I understand it - actually is as of the new movie premiered tonight. Between "Spectre" and "No Time to Die", Bond's retired/gone into exile, and Nomi has replaced him as the new 007 agent.

So: if Lynch is going to front a new series of films as Nomi/007, (something that would not contradict Broccoli's comments   ), will the bookies pay out? And if they do, what then happens if another series of films starring a male actor as "James Bond" is then announced to run concurrently?

Haven't a clue! Eugene

But there can only be one 007 surely? ...and that's James Bond.

slimfern
@slimfern posted:

Was there ever a better s̶e̶a̶n̶ c̶o̶n̶n̶e̶r̶y̶   Bond better than Sean??

Sean Connery definitely remains my favourite Bond, although I have to admit that I think Daniel Craig has been really good in the role - to the extent that I'd probably put him as my second favourite Bond...

Eugene's Lair

Sean Connery definitely remains my favourite Bond, although I have to admit that I think Daniel Craig has been really good in the role - to the extent that I'd probably put him as my second favourite Bond...

Yep he's my favourite too and Baz's
My second would be Roger Moore...then Pearce Brosnan, who was rubbish, as was Dalton and not seen any others...

And I refuse to admit it's all about aesthetics

slimfern
@slimfern posted:

Haven't a clue! Eugene

But there can only be one 007 surely? ...and that's James Bond.

https://www.esquire.com/entert...h-casting-reactions/

"007" is just an MI6 codename. In the books, MI6 has a limited number of double-0 agents, and given how dangerous their job is, it seems reasonable to assume the codename would be passed-on to a successor when an agent dies/retires. James Bond has just managed to stay alive a lot longer than the average double-0 agent...



There is a sort-of comparison in real life, where the Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service - and formerly MI6 - is always known as "C" (and not "M" as in the books). The very first Chief, Captain Sir Mansfield Smith-Cumming, signed letters as "C" in green ink, and the name has just stuck...

Eugene's Lair
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@slimfern posted:

Yep he's my favourite too and Baz's
My second would be Roger Moore...then Pearce Brosnan, who was rubbish, as was Dalton and not seen any others...

And I refuse to admit it's all about aesthetics

Just a bonus, then, eh Slim?

Eugene's Lair

https://www.esquire.com/entert...h-casting-reactions/

"007" is just an MI6 codename. In the books, MI6 has a limited number of double-0 agents, and given how dangerous their job is, it seems reasonable to assume the codename would be passed-on to a successor when an agent dies/retires. James Bond has just managed to stay alive a lot longer than the average double-0 agent...



There is a sort-of comparison in real life, where the Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service - and formerly MI6 - is always known as "C" (and not "M" as in the books). The very first Chief, Captain Sir Mansfield Smith-Cumming, signed letters as "C" in green ink, and the name has just stuck...

That name deserves a position of authority don't you think

I would have thought that the codename died with the agent....just to keep things tidy, if nothing else....can't be any confusions then ?

slimfern
@slimfern posted:

Something like that Eugene

To be fair: I've just seen the photos of  Lashanna Lynch, Ana de Armas and Phoebe Waller-Bridge at tonight's premiere, and .