Speculation about the new Bond actor remains rife, several months after Daniel Craig said, “I’d rather slash my wrists” than make another Bond movie “now”. The crucial word being “now”: this comment was made in October in an interview with Time Out, ahead of the release of his fourth Bond film Spectre, at a time when he was presumably fed up of the Bond schtick. All the rumour-stirrers seem to forget that Daniel Craig is actually still contracted to make a fifth Bond film, having signed a deal to make two more after his third, Skyfall, in September 2012.
Still, the rumour mill keeps on turning: Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Damien Lewis, Tom Hardy, James Norton and Aidan Turner’s names have cropped up since Craig’s ill-advised comment on his future in the series – and have spiked again since Craig reportedly told producers he was ‘done’ playing Bond and turned down a £68m offer to play 007 for the fifth time. All that, though, is according to ‘sources’, which appear to ignore the reality of Craig’s five-film deal.
Anyway, since all that happened, loads of actors have thrown their own hat in the ring to play a female Bond – Jane Bond. These include Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke and The X-Files’ Gillian Anderson, while names such as Rosamund Pike, Emily Blunt, Carey Mulligan and Kate Winslet have all been touted.
What do you reckon? Would a series based on a young M be a good alternative to Jane Bond, or do you think an entirely new spy film like Hanna or Salt would be better?