Photo: Pat David/Flickr Creative Commons

James Bond The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor  

Ranker Community
Originally by Ranker Community
115.6k votes 10.1k voters 53.6k views

List Rules Vote up your favorite James Bond candidates. Must be currently active actors.

Who is going to be the new James Bond actor now that Daniel Craig doesn't want to be 007 in the next James Bond outing? Since even before the release of Spectre. Daniel Craig was vocal about not revisiting the Bond role. So who should be the next James Bond actor?

The actors below have been voted by fans as being the best candidates for taking on the 007 persona. Regardless of which actor gets the role, the consensus is that the next Bond after Craig should still be British and dapper. After all, all the previous Bonds, from original Sean Connery to the 90s Pierce Brosnan have been classy gentlemen.

Vote up your favorite James Bond candidate below. Let's try to avoid a repeat of the George Lazenby Bond. At least Timothy Dalton got the Bond pose right. Living actors only as this is a casting call for the new James Bond actor, not who would've been the best Bond.
list ordered by

1
2,214 3,826
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Thor, Thor: The Dark World, Prometheus

2
1,699 2,873
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
The Avengers, Thor, Thor: The Dark World

3
2,519 817
Sam Heughan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Yonnie Moncrief added A Princess for Christmas, Young Alexander the Great, First Light

4
1,481 3,268
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Inglourious Basterds, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past

5
903 3,713
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Trainspotting

6
888 2,923
Henry Cavill is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Man of Steel, Stardust, The Count of Monte Cristo

7
1,234 3,081
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Black Hawk Down

8
819 2,820
Clive Owen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Sin City, The Bourne Identity, Children of Men

9
1,259 2,783
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
X-Men, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: The Last Stand

10
582 2,464
Richard Armitage is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Captain America: The First Avenger, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

11
867 2,220
Gerard Butler is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Romullas added How to Train Your Dragon, 300, How to Train Your Dragon 2

12
2,163 3,503
Theo James is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Underworld: Awakening, The Inbetweeners Movie, Divergent

13
608 2,126
Aidan Turner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Fran Morrison added The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

14
717 2,830
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Hugo, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, The Grand Budapest Hotel

15
757 2,512
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Black Hawk Down, Oblivion, Mama

16
591 2,680
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

17
850 2,899
Jason Statham is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, The Expendables

18
643 2,071
Luke Evans is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Fast & Furious 6, Clash of the Titans

19
387 2,284
Joseph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Shakespeare in Love, Enemy at the Gates, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas

20
307 2,040
Ioan Gruffudd is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Titanic, Black Hawk Down, Fantastic Four

21
449 2,040
Matthew Goode is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Watchmen, The Imitation Game, Match Point

22
522 2,228
Jonathan Rhys Meyers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Mission: Impossible III, Bend It like Beckham, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

23
405 1,928
Kevin McKidd is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Trainspotting, Brave, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

24
520 1,982
Paul Bettany is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
The Avengers, Iron Man, Iron Man 3

25
477 2,030
Damian Lewis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Your Highness, Dreamcatcher, The Escapist

26
449 2,011
Andrew Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Love Actually, Gangster No. 1, Enduring Love

27
452 1,928
Dominic Cooper is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Captain America: The First Avenger, Mamma Mia!, From Hell

28
164 1,481
Dan Stevens is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Antonio Campoy added Night at the Museum 3, A Walk Among the Tombstones, The Cobbler

29
616 2,317
Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Black Hawk Down, Ella Enchanted, King Arthur

30
600 2,353
Jamie Bamber is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Pulse 2: Afterlife, Hornblower: The Examination for Lieutenant, Battlestar Galactica: Razor

31
423 1,858
Sullivan Stapleton is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
300: Rise of an Empire, Animal Kingdom, December Boys

32
330 1,854
Jack Davenport is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

33
357 1,864
Stuart Townsend is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, ├ćon Flux, Under the Skin

34
173 1,620
Forest Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
-1454103513811 added Platoon, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Good Morning

35
355 1,455
Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Daniel Barata added The Matrix, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

36
259 1,771
James D'Arcy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Cloud Atlas, Jupiter Ascending

37
402 1,762
Joel Edgerton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, The Great Gatsby

38
343 1,774
Chris Vance is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Macbeth

39
276 1,671
Sean Maguire is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Meet the Spartans, Prince Charming, Waterland

40
48 198
Jon Hamm is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
NextPres added Bridesmaids, We Were Soldiers, Sucker Punch

41
185 1,378
James Norton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Rush, Cheerful Weather for the Wedding, Belle

42
4 28
Ryan Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Purple Falcon added X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Ted, Green Lantern

43
0 13
Patrick Schwarzenegger is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Michael Anthony John added The Benchwarmers, Stuck in Love, Scouts vs. Zombies

44
0 13
Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Michael Anthony John added Titanic, Inception, The Departed

45
1 28
Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Purple Falcon added Donnie Darko, Brokeback Mountain, Zodiac

46
0 31
Patrick Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Purple Falcon added Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Enchanted, Can't Buy Me Love