Is Jamie Bell the next James Bond? It appears to be an odd choice for a role which Daniel Craig declined to play anymore. Yet Bell has talked about the role with Bond producer Barbara Broccoli. It seems they’re going the Tom Holland as Spider-Man route with Bond.
The problem with Bell is not that he is only 30 years old. George Lazenby was 30 years-old when “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” was released. Connery was 32, when “Dr. No” was released. Bell neither looks nor sounds anything like the James Bond we know from the movies or the books.
Jamie Bell has a boyish charm, best remembered for his debut “Billy Elliot” and “The Adventures of Tintin.” He does not appear to suit the more tough, ruthless aesthetic that is required for James Bond. But then the spy landscape has changed in mainstream cinema, especially with “Kingsman: The Secret Service.” Taron Egerton impressed everybody as a young spy who could do everything that Bond can.
There has been a lot of buzz around the idea of Tom Hiddleston as the next Bond, or Idris Elba and Michael Fassbender. Casting someone like Jamie Bell would definitely be a risk, but it may pay off.
Hollywood is no longer a place for grown-up macho men bagging all the leading male roles. Young actors like Tom Holland, Taron Egerton, Asa Butterfield and Freddie Highmore are gaining a lot of prominence. Holland was one of the most charming elements in “Captain America: Civil War.”
Bell’s young age and boyish looks could be a blessing for the franchise, whose last entry, “Spectre,” was critically slammed as the most disappointing Bond film in years. Bell could be their much needed face-lift. We’d hopefully see more of Bond’s pre-007 years, as he struggles to earn his license to kill. A young Bond could also help targeting the movies to younger audiences. There is precedent for a young James Bond, in the “Young Bond” series of novels that began with “SilverFin” in 2005.
They could even set the new Bond movies during World War II, or the Cold War era. The audience has had their fill with the modern setting in the Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig movies and in the Bourne films. It is time to go back to author Ian Fleming’s roots, who himself was a naval intelligence officer during WWII. There is no need for a third modern Bond. For the time being, however, everything hangs in the air.