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

2
796 3,143
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Ewan McGregor Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Trainspotting

3
1,985 645
Sam Heughan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Yonnie Moncrief added Sam Heughan A Princess for Christmas, Young Alexander the Great, First Light

4
1,288 2,833
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Michael Fassbender Inglourious Basterds, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past

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1,405 2,406
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Tom Hiddleston The Avengers, Thor, Thor: The Dark World

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745 2,476
Henry Cavill is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Henry Cavill Man of Steel, Stardust, The Count of Monte Cristo

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1,129 2,354
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Hugh Jackman X-Men, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: The Last Stand

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1,053 2,674
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Tom Hardy The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Black Hawk Down

9
733 2,400
Clive Owen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Clive Owen Sin City, The Bourne Identity, Children of Men

10
571 1,716
Aidan Turner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Fran Morrison added Aidan Turner The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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2,029 3,079
Theo James is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Theo James Underworld: Awakening, The Inbetweeners Movie, Divergent

12
658 2,415
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Jude Law Hugo, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, The Grand Budapest Hotel

13
690 2,171
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Black Hawk Down, Oblivion, Mama

14
546 2,303
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Christian Bale The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

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533 2,113
Richard Armitage is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Richard Armitage Captain America: The First Avenger, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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764 1,867
Gerard Butler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Romullas added Gerard Butler How to Train Your Dragon, 300, How to Train Your Dragon 2

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788 2,535
Jason Statham is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Jason Statham Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, The Expendables

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374 1,933
Joseph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Joseph Fiennes Shakespeare in Love, Enemy at the Gates, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas

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284 1,706
Ioan Gruffudd is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Ioan Gruffudd Titanic, Black Hawk Down, Fantastic Four

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577 1,754
Luke Evans is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Luke Evans The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Fast & Furious 6, Clash of the Titans

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421 1,736
Matthew Goode is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Matthew Goode Watchmen, The Imitation Game, Match Point

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497 1,915
Jonathan Rhys Meyers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Jonathan Rhys Meyers Mission: Impossible III, Bend It like Beckham, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

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387 1,633
Kevin McKidd is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Kevin McKidd Trainspotting, Brave, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

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454 1,739
Damian Lewis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Damian Lewis Your Highness, Dreamcatcher, The Escapist

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426 1,709
Andrew Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Andrew Lincoln Love Actually, Gangster No. 1, Enduring Love

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429 1,636
Dominic Cooper is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Dominic Cooper Captain America: The First Avenger, Mamma Mia!, From Hell

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595 2,069
Jamie Bamber is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Jamie Bamber Pulse 2: Afterlife, Hornblower: The Examination for Lieutenant, Battlestar Galactica: Razor

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611 2,028
Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Hugh Dancy Black Hawk Down, Ella Enchanted, King Arthur

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492 1,687
Paul Bettany is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Paul Bettany The Avengers, Iron Man, Iron Man 3

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415 1,587
Sullivan Stapleton is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Sullivan Stapleton 300: Rise of an Empire, Animal Kingdom, December Boys

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152 1,189
Dan Stevens is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Antonio Campoy added Dan Stevens Night at the Museum 3, A Walk Among the Tombstones, The Cobbler

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351 1,592
Stuart Townsend is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Stuart Townsend The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Æon Flux, Under the Skin

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328 1,581
Jack Davenport is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Jack Davenport 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

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259 1,501
James D'Arcy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
James D'Arcy Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Cloud Atlas, Jupiter Ascending

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166 1,325
Forest Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
-1454103513811 added Forest Whitaker Platoon, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Good Morning

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338 1,514
Chris Vance is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Chris Vance Macbeth

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274 1,411
Sean Maguire is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Sean Maguire Meet the Spartans, Prince Charming, Waterland

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390 1,498
Joel Edgerton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Joel Edgerton Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, The Great Gatsby

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311 1,185
Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Daniel Barata added Keanu Reeves The Matrix, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

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172 1,118
James Norton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
James Norton Rush, Cheerful Weather for the Wedding, Belle

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7 35
Alexander Skarsgård is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
KarolinaBazgier added Alexander Skarsgård Zoolander, Battleship, Melancholia

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1 31
Daniel Sunjata is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Daniel Sunjata The Dark Knight Rises, The Devil Wears Prada, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past