The new Bond is out – and the customary casting carousel is taking up steam. This morning I stumbled across a German clickbait slide show on this very topic, entitled “Wanted: Successor for Daniel Craig – who will be the new James Bond”. And good Master Armitage makes an appearance:
The only reason I am posting this
unoriginal and speculative piece of non-news here, is the caption for Armitage. It reads: “He is considered a Shakespeare expert, he was introduced to a wider audience in the “Hobbit” trilogy as dwarf leader Thorin Oakenshield: Admittedly, Richard Armitage is not a superstar. But neither was Daniel Craig before joining Bond. Due to his age, the 50-year-old is only considered an outsider choice.”
Um. Right. Two things.
“Shakespeare expert”. Eh… What? Where? What have I missed? Jeepers, GMX, do your homework. Iirc there are two Shakespeare pieces on RA’s CV, one of which was the rite-of-passage spear carrying at the beginning of his career. Not sure whether that makes anyone an expert in the bard’s oeuvre. No doubt, RA has what it takes to be a Shakespearean “great”, but his involvement with Shakespeare has not been career-defining thus far…
And secondly – the ouch-y age reference. Sore. And touching the actor’s sensitive spot. In this case I am glad to know that Mr A doesn’t read things that are written about himself, because who wants to be reminded of their age?
Personally, I think the Bond ship has sailed long ago, or latest, when Craig signed up for this, his last outing as the world’s most famous spy. While I like the Bond franchise, I was never really on board with dream casting Richard in this role. Mainly because I feel that he is too good than to be wasted on a formulaic movie franchise with only limited scope for in-depth portrayal of emotional strife. Yes, he could easily play the suave and almost super-human double O agent. But would it stretch his acting muscle? I don’t think so.
That said, I am looking forward to seeing where Bond will venture next. Regé-Jean Page would be my preference. I’d like to see a person of colour in this influential and far-reaching franchise. That would set an example. Moreover, Page is young enough to take Bond forward for a number of years. Oh, and he is easy on the eye with a wide appeal, as Bridgerton has proven.
What are your thoughts? Do you like the Bond franchise at all?