It’s hard to narrow it down, but these actresses would certainly get our vote.
Who would best play a female 007?
It’s a great question, and there really are so many actresses out there who could bring something truly special to the iconic role. Over the decades, we’ve seen a number of actors tackle the part, from Sean Connery to Roger Moore. At the moment, Daniel Craig is soon set to bid farewell to the character in his fifth outing, No Time to Die.
Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga (Maniac), the project is mysterious and intriguing, but fans have been speculating for years who will take Daniel’s place. The popular choice seems to be Idris Elba, but it’s really anybody’s game; former Bond star Pierce Brosnan, however, thinks it’s time for a woman to tackle the role.
In conversation with The Hollywood Reporter, he expressed: “I think we’ve watched the guys do it for the last forty years, get out of the way, guys, and put a woman up there. I think it would be exhilarating, it would be exciting.” There has been much debate about who should take over after Daniel, so let’s consider some actresses who could be great in the part…
Of all the women which could be considered for the role – loosely coined ‘Jane Bond’ – Emilia Clarke would perhaps go down the best with fans and audiences.
The 32-year-old English actress is most popularly known for her role on HBO’s gritty fantasy epic Game of Thrones; she played Daenerys Targaryen. Her character was a fan-favourite from the very start, sculpting an eight-year legacy as the Mother of Dragons.
Many would love to see her back on screens in such a significant role, and she could definitely bring a suave and seductive Bond, two of the defining characteristics of the character. She’s proven in the past that she can shine in action sequences, having previously played Sarah Connor in Terminator Genisys. Although the film wasn’t a total success, fans praised her performance as a highlight. Along with roles in Solo: A Star Wars Story, Emilia is absolutely worth consideration.
Sure, Carrie-Anne Moss doesn’t exactly sound like the obvious choice, but the more you think about it the more it sounds like a bold and exciting direction.
Despite starring in efforts like Pompeii and Silent Hill: Revelation more recently, audiences will always associate her foremostly with the part of Trinity in the Matrix trilogy. The character is quite possibly one of the most iconic female heroines in all of action cinema.
With fans expecting her to reprise the role once again in a fourth instalment, it’s clear that the actress could still steal the show in yet another very physically demanding blockbuster role. Those who would bring up her age, it’s worth noting that she’s 52, a year older than Daniel Craig, and was also great in Jessica Jones. It’s definitely an unlikely choice, but one which would raise eyebrows and potentially prove a sea of sceptics wrong.
In recent memory, the 46-year-old British performer has impressed audiences across the likes of Line of Duty (she played DCI Roz Huntley) and Westworld (Maeve Millay).
However, she’s no stranger to action cinema, having starred in Mission: Impossible 2, The Chronicles of Riddick and also the aforementioned Solo: A Star Wars Story. Guy Ritchie fans will also remember her as Stella in his 2008 crime-comedy extravaganza RocknRolla. She was great in the film – sophisticated, smooth, smart, oozing a confidence which would make her a perfect choice to become Bond.
How amazing was Lupita Nyong’O in Jordan Peele’s Us!?
One of the year’s biggest horror hits was the Get Out director’s sophomore effort, and while his debut wonderfully spotlighted the talents of Daniel Kaluuya, Us gives 36-year-old Lupita every chance to blow audiences away – she does just that, and more.
Personally, she may be the most promising choice of the seven listed. Her feature-film acting debut was in Steve McQueen’s 2013 stunner 12 Years a Slave, and she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for it… Wow!
Since then, she’s impressed in the likes of Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther and 2016’s Queen of Katwe. In 2019, her multi-layered portrayal of Adelaide and Red in Us stands out as one of the very best of the year. She boasts an incredible range and with her filmography in mind, there’s no reason at all to believe she’d be anything less than extraordinary as secret agent 007.
In a similar vein to Emilia Clarke, Rosamund Pike would likely go down a treat.
The 40-year-old actress is a sensation in pretty much everything she appears in. Audiences will know her best for playing Amy Dunne in David Fincher’s 2014 thrilling masterclass Gone Girl. She was an absolute force in that film; whenever on screen, the audience is always trying to work her out, and alas, the complexity Rosamund lends the character is a testament to her unwavering ability.
Other career highlights are Scott Cooper’s underrated 2017 western Hostiles (she played Rosalie Quaid), A United Kingdom (Ruth), The World’s End (Sam), An Education (Helen) and beyond. Interestingly, her first film role was that of Miranda Frost in Die Another Day… we’re sure Pierce would agree that she’s a great choice!
The Star Wars actress essentially went from being a relative unknown to a bonafide lead in the biggest film on the planet back in 2015. Star Wars: The Force Awakens gloriously resurrected the franchise and Daisy turned out to be a terrific choice as the courageous Rey.
Other than the sci-fi blockbuster series, she arguably hasn’t had the chance to take on a similarly demanding role; she was in Murder on the Orient Express and a few others. However, with the modern trilogy ready to reach its conclusion at the end of 2019, the 27-year old actress will have a multitude of projects to choose from – perhaps a new Bond film will be one of them.
She’s already proven at a rather early stage in her screen career that she’s a physical, convincing and emotionally-charged performer. We could definitely see her bringing something invigorating to yet another high-concept actioner.
Now there’s pretty much no chance of Rachel Weisz stepping into Daniel Craig’s shoes, which is unfortunate because we think she’d make a pretty cool and interesting Bond.
The 49-year-old actress is best known for playing Evelyn in 1999’s The Mummy and two significant parts in 2015’s The Lobster and 2018’s The Favourite, both directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. She’s actually married to Daniel Craig, but as noted by Joe, she said in an interview: “[Bond author Ian Fleming] devoted an awful lot of time to writing this particular character, who is particularly male and relates in a particular way to women.
Why not create your own story rather than jumping on to the shoulders and being compared to all those other male predecessors? Women are really fascinating and interesting and should get their own stories.” So, there’s not really much chance of that happening; nevertheless, we felt she’s worth mentioning as a good choice, even if she doesn’t really think so!
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