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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Sam Heughan is listed (or ranked) 1 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

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

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Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Theo James is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Theo James Underworld: Awakening, The Inbetweeners Movie, Divergent

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Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 7 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

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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

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Henry Cavill is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Black Hawk Down, Oblivion, Mama

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Aidan Turner is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Clive Owen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Clive Owen Sin City, The Bourne Identity, Children of Men

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Gerard Butler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Gerard Butler How to Train Your Dragon, 300, How to Train Your Dragon 2

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

The Hottest Bond Girls, Ranked

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Jason Statham is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Richard Armitage is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Luke Evans is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Joseph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Matthew Goode is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Jonathan Rhys Meyers is listed (or ranked) 21 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

The Best Pop Rock Bands & Artists

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Ioan Gruffudd is listed (or ranked) 22 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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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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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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Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 25 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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Paul Bettany is listed (or ranked) 26 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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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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Andrew Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Andrew Lincoln Love Actually, Gangster No. 1, Enduring Love

James Bond Actors Who've Hated on the Bond Films

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Dominic Cooper is listed (or ranked) 29 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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Stuart Townsend is listed (or ranked) 30 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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Sullivan Stapleton is listed (or ranked) 31 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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Jack Davenport is listed (or ranked) 32 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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Keanu Reeves is listed (or ranked) 33 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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Chris Vance is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Chris Vance Macbeth

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Joel Edgerton is listed (or ranked) 35 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

The Best Movies That Were Originally Panned by Critics

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Sean Maguire is listed (or ranked) 36 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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James D'Arcy is listed (or ranked) 37 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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Forest Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 38 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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Dan Stevens is listed (or ranked) 39 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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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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Dougray Scott is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Dougray Scott Deep Impact, Mission: Impossible II, Ever After

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Daniel Kaluuya is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
XavierLévesque added Daniel Kaluuya Johnny English Reborn, Welcome to the Punch, Chatroom

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Chris Hemsworth is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Tamerea Fritz added Chris Hemsworth The Avengers, Star Trek, Thor

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Sam Claflin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Sam Claflin The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Snow White and the Huntsman

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Liam Hemsworth is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor
Tamerea Fritz added Liam Hemsworth The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire