Casting Call: James Bond Contenders from Around the Globe
AMERICAN BOND: The only American on my list is blue-eyed cutie Matt Bomer. This 35-year-old actor has already had some practice for the role as semi-spy/con man Neal Caffrey on the popular TV series White Collar. And I could see him delivering some crafty one-liners, which is a must for anyone who wants to play Bond. And as Henry Cavill, to whom he looks strikingly similar, he has that chiseled, beautiful look, a nice build and the smarts, and could easily be believed as a charismatic playboy. Now he may not be serious-looking enough. A little bit too smiley. James Bond has always been more of a brooding type. A little too serious despite all his charisma. Also not in Bomer's favor...his all-American accent. I have a feeling this former Texan turned New Yorker would need some serious British accent training.
GERMAN BOND: Germany's own Michael Fassbender. Don't know what it is about this guy, but he can even make a robot appealing (David in Prometheus). He is tall, dark and handsome...with a nice, mysterious smile and a look of distinction and refinement. Believable as a spy? Definitely. And the 35-year-old actor has already proven that he has nothing to be ashamed about...so I think it's safe to say that he would be believable as a charismatic lover of the ladies.
BRITISH BOND No. 3: Last but DEFINITELY not least...former Batman Christian Bale. The 39-year-old Welsh hunk recently retired the black cape, so he might have plenty of time to take on a few Bond films. Another plus: He's a Brit. Although his Wales accent is very thick...he'd have to lighten it up a bit. He's well-spoken, tall, dark. Handsome? Let's put it this way...I've had a crush on this one since he was dancing around in Newsies...Flash-forward 15 years later and he still has the same effect on me. So I think it's safe to say that as far as the charismatic aspect of Bond goes, Bale's got it covered.
With that said, I'm not saying I'm about to start the "Bale for Bond" campaign...nor am I fully Team Pettyfer. Honestly, I don't have a top pick. Any of these handsome hotties would make a perfect Bond, depending on the route Hollywood decides to take. All I know is that Daniel Craig is sure to be retiring soon, so hopefully these guys will be kept in mind. Besides, I can't think of a better way for Hollywood to get a younger, hipster type of crowd out to see a Bond film.
If you've got a pick, let us know.