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

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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.
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1
1,988 3,284
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
804 3,213
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 2 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

3
1,304 2,896
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 3 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

4
2,060 660
Sam Heughan is listed (or ranked) 4 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

5
1,421 2,469
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
The Avengers, Thor, Thor: The Dark World

6
758 2,532
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
1,148 2,410
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
X-Men, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: The Last Stand

8
1,072 2,730
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Black Hawk Down

9
742 2,460
Clive Owen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Sin City, The Bourne Identity, Children of Men

10
576 1,773
Aidan Turner is listed (or ranked) 10 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

11
2,081 3,133
Theo James is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Underworld: Awakening, The Inbetweeners Movie, Divergent

12
665 2,475
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Hugo, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, The Grand Budapest Hotel

13
695 2,220
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Black Hawk Down, Oblivion, Mama

14
550 2,352
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

15
536 2,157
Richard Armitage is listed (or ranked) 15 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

16
777 1,911
Gerard Butler is listed (or ranked) 16 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

17
793 2,583
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
377 1,977
Joseph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 18 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

19
287 1,743
Ioan Gruffudd is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Titanic, Black Hawk Down, Fantastic Four

20
583 1,790
Luke Evans is listed (or ranked) 20 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

21
421 1,773
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
502 1,949
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
389 1,666
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
459 1,770
Damian Lewis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Your Highness, Dreamcatcher, The Escapist

25
432 1,740
Andrew Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Love Actually, Gangster No. 1, Enduring Love

26
432 1,667
Dominic Cooper is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Captain America: The First Avenger, Mamma Mia!, From Hell

27
595 2,099
Jamie Bamber is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Pulse 2: Afterlife, Hornblower: The Examination for Lieutenant, Battlestar Galactica: Razor

28
613 2,057
Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Black Hawk Down, Ella Enchanted, King Arthur

29
496 1,715
Paul Bettany is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
The Avengers, Iron Man, Iron Man 3

30
416 1,615
Sullivan Stapleton is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
300: Rise of an Empire, Animal Kingdom, December Boys

31
152 1,216
Dan Stevens is listed (or ranked) 31 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

32
351 1,619
Stuart Townsend is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, ├ćon Flux, Under the Skin

33
329 1,606
Jack Davenport is listed (or ranked) 33 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

34
259 1,526
James D'Arcy is listed (or ranked) 34 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

35
166 1,355
Forest Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
-1454103513811 added Platoon, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Good Morning

36
339 1,539
Chris Vance is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Macbeth

37
274 1,436
Sean Maguire is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Meet the Spartans, Prince Charming, Waterland

38
392 1,525
Joel Edgerton is listed (or ranked) 38 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

39
317 1,211
Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 39 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

40
174 1,143
James Norton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Rush, Cheerful Weather for the Wedding, Belle

41
0 9
Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Marcus Gabler added Guardians of the Galaxy, The Hangover, Wedding Crashers