It has been over two years since the last Bond movie, Spectre. With the coronavirus pandemic further delaying the next installment of the iconic spy series, the anticipation amongst fans for the identity of the next James Bond actor is immense. While there are several high-profile names being thrown in for consideration for the iconic Bond role, the decision on who ultimately gets the part has yet to be decided. While the franchise is set to move into a new era with a new actor in the role of James Bond, speculation is high amongst fans. This article takes a look at some of the top casting choices for the next James Bond actor.

Daniel Craig
As fans of the franchise wait with bated breath to see who will take the coveted lead role, many have suggested that Daniel Craig may not be completely finished with the part yet. Craig, who was the sixth actor to portray Bond, became an instant sensation when he made his debut in Casino Royale in 2006– delivering a gritty and more realistic take on the character. As if that weren’t enough, Craig was able to reinvent the role in Skyfall (2012), while his effort in Spectre (2015) cemented his status as one of the best Bonds of all time.

Idris Elba
Idris Elba is undoubtedly one of the best actors of his generation. The star of The Wire and Luther shot to fame for his acclaimed portrayal of the titular character in the detective drama series. It would come as no surprise if Elba were to be selected for the coveted role of Bond. After all, Elba is currently the bookmakers’ favorite for the part, due in part to the huge fan base that he has built over the years. The British actor has also earned praise for his role in films such as Pacific Rim, Beasts of No Nation and his powerful performance in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

Tom Hiddleston
Tom Hiddleston is another name that has been the subject of intense speculation when it comes to the Bond franchise. The talented English actor has previously stated that he would be “thrilled” to play Bond at some point, which sparked speculation that he may take on the part. Having starred in a variety of films, with notable performances in The Avengers, Thor and War Horse, Hiddleston certainly has the credentials to be considered for the role.

Richard Armitage
With his breakout role as the dwarf prince Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit films, Richard Armitage showed the world just how versatile he is as an actor. With a broad range of roles in films such as The Crucible and Macbeth, Armitage has established himself as a leading man capable of taking on challenging roles. His popularity as a potential Bond is partially driven by the fact that he has close ties to the United Kingdom, having grown up in the country.

Henry Cavill has long been a candidate for the part of James Bond. The British actor has already made a name for himself as Superman, but he has also proven time and time again that he is an all-around action star, capable of taking on demanding roles and coming out victorious. In addition, Cavill has earned widespread acclaim for his performances in films such as Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Man of Steel and The Cold Light of Day.

Michael Fassbender has become one of the most sought after actors of the modern era. The Irish-German star first made his mark in films such as X-Men: First Class and 12 Years a Slave. As a result, speculation has begun to mount that Fassbender is a contender for the part of James Bond. While the actor has yet to speak publicly about the matter, his pedigree and performance in films such as Shame and Steve Jobs gives a strong indication that he is more than capable of taking on the role.

Tom Hardy is the latest name to be thrown in the mix as a potential Bond. The talented performer has made a name for himself in films such as The Dark Knight Rises, Mad Max: Fury Road and The Revenant. Hardy has also had his fair share of memorable performances on television, with notable roles in Peaky Blinders, Taboo and Dunkirk.

The race for the coveted part of James Bond is surely on, with so much speculation as to who will take on the part next. While Daniel Craig, Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston, Richard Armitage, Henry Cavill, Michael Fassbender and Tom Hardy are some of the top casting picks for the role, no one knows for sure who will be chosen. As fans wait with anticipation to find out who will play Bond, speculation regarding the casting for the next Bond actor is likely to continue into the foreseeable future.

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