The question of the next James Bond after Daniel Craig has been constantly asked ever since No Time To Die came out. The 25th Bond movie gave Craig a heartfelt exit from the franchise. And now we’re in for the next generation 007. While most people voted Henry Cavill or Tom Hardy for the part, the Bond producers haven’t really been too keen on naming the next guy as the legendary spy. But, if the latest reports are to be believed, Legion actor Dan Stevens could end up being chosen over Henry Cavill and Tom Hardy as the next James Bond.
Dan Stevens as the New Bond?
According to VegasInsider, Downton Abbey and The Guest star Dan Stevens is the latest name to be added to the list of Bond candidates. He is the fifth most likely name to be considered for 007. He is also known for his remarkable performances in shows like Legion and Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities on the small screen. Meanwhile, he impressed everyone in movies like A Walk Among the Tombstones and Beauty and the Beast as well.
As per Ladbrokes, Stevens is tied with Eternals star Richard Madden at the odds of 8/1. Here’s what the outlet wrote for Stevens’ chances:
“The 40-year-old Londoner played Haller in FX Series Legion between 2017-19 and Russian singer Alexander Lemtov in 2020’s Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, However, it was his performance in 2014 thriller The Guest which first got tongues wagging. Stevens played a US soldier who visits a family and claims to be a friend of their son who died in combat in Afghanistan.”
Stevens certainly has the acting experience and talent to play James Bond. But could he beat Henry Cavill?
Henry Cavill’s Chances
And at the end of No Time To Die, we got the confirmation that James Bond will return. It was suggested that the Bond owners would take a call upon the actor replacing Daniel Craig in 2022. But another year has passed and the likes of Henry Cavill and Tom Hardy have gotten even older. Even if Cavill gets cast right now, the next Bond movie will still take 2-3 years to be made, and he’ll be around 42 by then. Daniel Craig retired at 53, so if all goes well, then Cavill could still continue for another decade. But despite being open to playing Bond, he may not get the opportunity after all.
Henry Cavill is already tied to Superman. He is Sherlock Holmes. He just left the Witcher and he will appear as another spy called Argylle pretty soon. So, having yet another iconic character like James Bond under his belt might work for him, but the Bond producers might want to look at a younger actor, or perhaps a relatively underrated actor like Dan Stevens who isn’t as popular or tied up in work as Cavill is, and could devote the next decade or so to being James Bond.