I don't know. I agree with you that Clive Owen's the heir apparent, but I don't want him to have it. I feel - and this is probably just me - that the Bonds wind up languishing in tired obscurity. What else has Pierce Brosnan done that anyone remembers? (Other than Mrs. Doubtfire.) Heck, I even feel that way about Sean Connery!
So, since I like Clive Owen, Hugh Jackman, Jude Law, Colin Ferrell and Ewan McGregor, I nominate someone else. Like Gerard Butler, who I've never heard of anyway. Because I KNOW ALL about film, of course.
Sean Connery has done a lot post-Bond. Including lip-locking with Catherine Zeta-Jones, the lucky bastard. (Yes, it was creepy, but still he got his chance!) Roger Moore never had any talent anyway. Timothy Dalton has languished, but no one knew who he was before he started. So I can see your apprehension.
I don't want to see Ewan all tied up (not metaphorically, anyway) in the James Bond franchise for years. His job is to be in really cool things and the occasional big-money maker, and maybe to be nekkid once in a while, which he wouldn't do in Bond movies.
Actually "They should never make another" is working for me. James Bond is either unpleasantly sexist to any reasonably modern sensibility or a PC version who ISN'T JAMES BOND.
Timothy Dalton was NOT James Bond. It was just a bad dream.
Brosnan's non-Bond stuff mostly seems to be 2 or 3 non-related movies where he still manages to play the exact same high end art/jewel thief...
My first crush was Pierce Brosnan. Him as Bond, for me, is nothing more than a live action Remmington Steele. I kept wanting to see Stephanie Zimbalist in the corner. What else has he done? Well, you mentioned Mrs. Doubtfire, but there is also Thomas Crown Affair remake, The Lawnmower Man, he's been around. And he's dead sexy.
Connery? Wha??? He's like... the Scottish GOD! He is one man who so improved with age. Mmm....
And Gerry Butler was in Phantom of the Opera most recently, but was also in the 2nd Tomb Raider movie.
I'm not all that keen on Clive Owen, but mostly because I think he has the acting range of tissue paper. All he did in King Arthur was glower. A lot. And when he wasn't glowering, he was thinking about glowering. I LIKE Bond. I don't want another Dalton fiasco!
To hell with James Bond, when's Ioan Gruffudd going to do the next Hornblower?
I don't actually know who Clive Owen is. I could picture Dougray Scott as a Bond, but Ioan Gruffudd and Jude Law are both too pretty, I think. If there was going to be an Australian Bond, it would have to be Hugh Jackman and not Eric Bana (no Australian can take EB seriously after his performance as Poiter [Peter], a yobbo character in an ancient comedy sketch show.)
I thought the new James Bond was made official last month?
Apparently not, as the article was in today's news. Did you hear a name, or was it just official that a new Bond movie was being made?
I did read a name, and now I'm searching from where I read it and who it was.
Weird. Google news mentions an ER star auditioning in an article 15 hours ago. I guess I'm off my rocker.
Sometimes news sources get ahead of themselves. And then make it disappear as if it never happened.
Not that you have a strong opinion on the topic.... [g]
I thought Goran Visjnic had gotten the role.
Personally, I adore him and think he'd be a great bond. You have a point about Clive Owen, and he does have the look, but Goran! *drool* He's teh hottness, and he has that bad-boy edge that's perfect for Bond.
And he did a brilliant job of losing the accent in Practical Magic!
He gets my vote... one of them...
Dang I am so fickle...
:D I don't blame you. As I said to zoethe
, either one makes us the big winners! :D
Meh. He looks too boyish to me.
The pic from that article is a horrible one- he's really got an edge (or at least he does when he plays in ER!).
But I think either one would make US the winners. ;)
I wonder how Colin Firth would do...as odd as that sounds...
If they made Colin Firth Bond, I would cry into my copy of Pride and Prejudice for a long long time.
Okay, I do know some of these names, but I'm having a hard time conjuring a picture of any of them. I thought Brosnan could have done a few more. I didn't realize he pulled out, I thought they ousted him in Hollywood's eternal youth bias.
The word on the street is that he didn't want to be saddled with the legacy and never get another movie role.
What I'd heard was that the directors had some ideas for this movie that he didn't agree with. He pulled out because of a creative conflict.
I hope Ewan doesn't do it! I'm not a Bond fan at all, but if he was to play Bond I'd feel obligated to watch what I consider sexist drivel... :(
Oh, you ask the impossible!
I want to say Jude Law, but he's too perfectly handsome. I like Clive Owen, but not as Bond. He's too rough, not as smooth as a Bond is supposed to be. I'm really leaning toward Iaon Gruffed, but I wasn't impressed with him in King Arthur.
So, I suppose I'll remain neutral and just thank the Goddess that it's not my place to choose.
I don't think we can get Hugh Jackman off the Broadway stage any time in the near future... but I think Ewan McGregor would be just peachy. He has certainly proven himself to be versatile enough...
Interesting thread. I have to admit that I am just not a Bond fan.
Sure you could. Hugh has signed on to do X-3 (which, from what I have read, will be a disappointing movie).
I'm sure he could be talked into doing a bond film.
2005-06-28 02:46 am (UTC)
WAY beyond too old.
Bond Films were over for me when they didn't have Miss Moneypenny any more and M is now a woman. Call me sexist but I don't like it.
2005-06-28 03:02 am (UTC)
Mmm. Jeremy Brett.
Dunno who most of those guys are, and don't give a hoot.
But I absolutely ADORE your icon. Squeee!
2005-06-28 10:07 am (UTC)
Re: Mmm. Jeremy Brett.
Isn't it yummy?! I adore Jeremy Brett's Holmes.
I think Ioan looks the part to a tee, but I feel so dirty voting for him. I love me some Ewan and GOD . . . I haven't thought about Dougray Scott in YEARS but he was the stuff of 16-year-old-me fantasies when "Ever After" came out.
13 year old me? I don't remember at this point. Ha!
Dougray Scott is someone I'm always hoping will get more work.
I'm just really glad that Tom Cruise isn't on that list. I'm a little sick of him on screen and I'm even more sick of reading posts and threads about his current behavior online. More than that though I think there are lots of better, hotter, and smoother male actors out there these days.
In fact, if I had pick of ANYBODY I'd want them to find somebody completely entirely new. Somebody we've never seen before. Somebody that every girl and gay boy age 20 and older will suddenly swoon over. :)
Tom Cruise is beyond wrong for the part. Short, petite, and not British in any way.
And a newcomer is always a possibility, but these were the names being bandied about
Clive Owen is too lower-class to be Bond; He's sortof like an intellectual constructionworker (and thus my dream guy
I'm still for black bond. There's some great black british actors out there who are smooth as bond should be (of course, it'd be more convincing if i could pull up some names..)
Sean Connery was as lower class as you get when the Bond machine transformed him. But a black Bond is a fascinating idea.
Ewan! Back to our Scottish roots, first of all, and then to the fact that Ewan cleans up all good. He looks good in a tux, and is way more athletic looking than Brosnan. Who I hated. Because he is Bond, Ken Bond. As in boyfriend of Barbie. Connery, the Uber-Bond, had some meat on his bones and some stiffness in his spine and some fire in his belly. And was a fox. McGregor. Hottie McGregor.
2005-07-04 05:19 am (UTC)
that pole was on a website...christian bale was one of them...but he should never lower himself to doing a movie like james bond...i voted for him not knowing it was for the next james bond movie...cuz im just a fan i wanted him to be at the top...when i found out i was lyk no way!...ewwwww...BACK BACK BACK!!!
He's also not British, and I wouldn't vote for anyone not British.