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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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Petter Myhr Ness
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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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Posted: 10 February 2019 at 6:25pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

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
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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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