“The name is Bond. Thor Bond.”
No, Chris Hemsworth is not in line to succeed Daniel Craig as 007. However, he has a casting suggestion that you probably will believe, because Hemsworth is far from the only one to bring it up: Idris Elba.
Elba is one of the dozens of proposals people have made to become the next British secret agent who likes his martinis shaken, not stirred. While Elba probably won’t become the seventh actor to play an official Bond, his name has been the one that has arguably gained the most traction.
Chris Hemsworth loves James Bond, but hesitates to be him
More than one outlet, including Showbiz Cheat Sheet, has noted Hemsworth’s screen persona is similar to Bond, particularly in Men in Black International, where he plays a roguish, reckless secret agent who is frequently called on his insouciance. Just as the Bond movies were usually quick to get Bond in bed, Hemsworth’s movie wastes little time in showing him without his shirt.
Hemsworth himself has been mentioned as a candidate for Bond. He’s not necessarily opposed to the idea but thinks he’s not the best candidate. Besides, he plans to take a break for a while to spend more time with his family.
“My vote would be Idris [Elba],” he said in Variety. “I think he’d give it a different sort of swagger, too, and each time someone new comes into the role, I think you’ve got to offer up something different.”
Elba would probably bring something more unique to the role than Hemsworth beyond the obvious. While Hemsworth would fit the bill, many observers noted his name doesn’t seem to sell a movie when Hemsworth isn’t clutching a hammer. Indeed, Men in Black International had a disappointing opening weekend despite the Marvel reunion of him and Thor: Ragnarok costar Tessa Thompson.
Idris Ebla probably won’t be James Bond
People have promoted Elba as Bond because of his suave, charismatic presence in movies and TV ranging from Luther to Pacific Rim to Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. He even co-starred with Hemsworth in Thor: The Dark World as Heimdall. So Hemsworth knows of which he speaks when he boosts Elba for Bond.
There was good reason to believe Elba was game for the part. In 2018, he tweeted “My name’s Elba, Idris Elba,” in an obvious reference to the secret agent. He and Daniel Craig appeared together on camera at the Golden Globes. However, by the time the Daily Mail interviewed him this year, he was waving off the speculation.
Bond is one of the biggest franchises in the world, and for that reason, whoever ends up playing it, lives it. You’re THAT character, and known as that character for many, many years. I’m creating characters now that can still live alongside Idris. Not ones that take over me and solely define me.
The official James Bonds of the present and past
Bond 25, which is currently being shot, is the last film on Craig’s contract. Whoever becomes the next 007 will have some big tuxes to fill.
Sean Connery: For many, the original remains the best. He played Bond in Dr. No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, and You Only Live Twice. He wearied of the part and took a one-film break before returning for Diamonds are Forever. He reprised the role one last time in 1983 for the unofficial Thunderball remake, the slyly titled Never Say Never Again. He retired from acting after The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen in 2003.
George Lazenby: Known as the one-and-done Bond, having appeared only in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. That’s generally regarded as one of the best films of the series. While he acquitted himself well in the action scenes, his dramatic work left something to be desired.
Roger Moore: He played Bond for most of the 70s and 80s, appearing in seven movies, more than any other actor: Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, and A View to a Kill. He faced some criticism for being too light and comedic in the part, but the world mourned when in 2017 he became the first Bond to pass away.
Timothy Dalton: He brought a toughness to the role that hearkened back to the Bond of author Ian Fleming’s creation. He had the misfortune of appearing in the series when it was commercially on the wane, and when MGM was facing severe financial difficulties. He only made two movies: The Living Daylights and Licence to Kill.
Pierce Brosnan: Though tagged to replace Moore when he left the role, Brosnan couldn’t get out of his Remington Steele contract at the time. He solidly filled the role from 1995 to 2002 in Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough and Die Another Day.
Daniel Craig: He faced ridiculous criticism that he was too blond when he was cast, but he went on to garner great acclaim in mostly very good films Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre. Bond 25 is scheduled for release April 8.