The long sad story of MGM is finally over and the big casualty was Bond, James Bond. It seems an awful shame for Daniel Craig's turn as the super-agent to end with such a whimper. But if there is one thing you can count on in this world from Bond fans it's resilience. I mean, it wasn't easy to come to terms with that pigeon double-take in Moonraker, but we did it. Well, now we have Esquire coming to terms with the possible loss of Daniel Craig by proposing four new candidates for a license to kill.
So who made the cut? The magazine decided to do a little division by nationality, and we have The 'English Bond' represented by Christian Bale. Guy Pearce made the short-list for the Aussie set, and finally AD-man Don Draper, aka Jon Hamm steps in as The American Bond. But the big winner was everyone's action go-to guy, Sam Worthington and was voted as the top contender for Bond...and I couldn't disagree more.
Bond has been many things over the years; comical, dashing, and lately, even a little sociopath. But while I'm all for new interpretations of Bond, I just think Worthington is missing that certain something. The Australian actor has been attached to just about every film to come down the pipe these days at one point or another, so if Esquire dismissed Bale from the running thanks to 'Franchise Fatigue', I think Worthington is suffering from a similar affliction. But like they say; we need solutions, not problems, so that's why I decided to nominate a few Bonds of my own.
One of the more intriguing ideas to be bandied about when the news hit that Craig could step down as Bond was the return of the debate over whether or not the world was ready for a 'Black Bond'. Well, if that 'Black Bond' were Chiwetel Ejiofor I would have to respond with a resounding 'Hell yes!' This British actor has played the second-fiddle in plenty of Hollywood films but I think it's about time he took center stage. This guy can do steely resolve or turn on the powers of seduction with the flip of a switch. And isn't it about time the franchise got a little more adventurous in their casting choices? After all, 007 is just a number.
If you want an Aussie who has the natural suave that we require of all our Bonds, Wolverine could be your man. The man knows how to wear a suit and has a way with action sequences -- what more do you need? Plus, if whoever takes on the franchise wanted to take Bond back to the Cold War (a personal pet daydream of mine), Jackman certainly has enough old Hollywood charm working in his favor.
One of the facts that supposedly worked in Mr. Worthington's favor for Esquire, was that he would be a 'Bond for a new generation' or to put it simply: younger. So as much as I may like Mr. Worthington, if you want a younger Bond, I'm going to nominate Tom Hardy (Inception). This Londoner is easy on the eyes and a relative unknown to most audiences (which is always a great way to reboot a franchise). Not to mention that Hardy has a smarmy charm that could bring back a little impishness to the 'Bond Swagger'.
So those are just three of my suggestions, but how about yours? Leave your thoughts on Esquire's nominees and leave a few of your own in the comments below.