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James Bond: Who Should Play the Next 007?

Pierce Brosnan just said Tom Hardy, but he's not the only one making suggestions.

Last year, Daniel Craig confirmed he would be back for one more James Bond movie. But what happens to 007 when Craig hangs up his tux? There have been countless names tossed out over the years, and former Bond Pierce Brosnan just weighed in with another one, telling The Mail on Sunday's Event magazine that Tom Hardy should get the gig. "I'd be happy to see him do it. You need an actor who can put a bit of wiggle into it — that's what makes Bond," Brosnan said. But is Brosnan on target? Here, a look at some of the people who've dared to dream about 007.

IDRIS ELBA Karwai Tang/WireImage IDRIS ELBA The "Luther" star has long been the focus of Bond speculation, not only for his on-screen air of elegance with an edge, but also for the groundbreaking casting he'd represent. Elba himself, though, is tired of talking about it: In 2015, he told the Telegraph, "I’m probably the most famous Bond actor in the world, and I’ve not even played the role. Enough is enough. I can’t talk about it anymore." PRIYANKA CHOPRA Rich Fury/Getty Images PRIYANKA CHOPRA It might be unlikely that the Bond role would be gender-swapped, but more than one actress has volunteered for Her Majesty's Secret Service. When James Corden asked the "Quantico" star about being a Bond girl, she said, "I've always said I would prefer to play Bond. I think I hope, in my lifetime, I get to see such iconic parts be played by women in a genderless [way] — even if it's not me."

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JAMES NORTON Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic JAMES NORTON The "Flatliners" star has been the object of Bond chatter, but he's politely demurred. "It's bizarre and a massive compliment, but it's pure speculation," he said last year on British TV. HENRY CAVILL Gregg DeGuire/WireImage HENRY CAVILL Superman as James Bond? The very dapper Cavill would be game: In 2016 he said, "I think they're cool rumors.... If the opportunity arises, it is something I would entertain." EMILIA CLARKE Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Lincoln Center EMILIA CLARKE Khaleesi is coming to Westminster? The "Games of Thrones" star would certainly be into the idea. In 2016, she said, "I would love to play Jane Bond. My ultimate leading man would be Leonardo DiCaprio. No doubt about it." DAMIEN LEWIS Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage DAMIEN LEWIS The "Homeland" and "Billions" star was in the Bond conversation when it looked like Daniel Craig might dip after "Spectre." In 2016, he sighed heavily during an interview on "Today." "Who wouldn't like to play James Bond?" he said. "Look, no one's called.... Who knows? We'll see. The chat is fun." GILLIAN ANDERSON George Pimentel/WireImage GILLIAN ANDERSON She's already played an FBI agent, and she does a killer British accent. And Anderson cheekily started her own campaign in 2016 when she tweeted a fan-made 007 poster featuring her. "It's Bond. Jane Bond," she wrote. "Sorry I don't know who made the poster, but I love it!" LUKE EVANS David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for The Old Vic Theatre LUKE EVANS The dashing "Beauty and the Beast" star has appreciated the Bond fan talk, but expressed some trepidation. "It's an extraordinary franchise and incredible role, but whoever takes on the role after Daniel Craig has got a job on his hands, " he told Screenrant. TOM HIDDLESTON Dave J Hogan TOM HIDDLESTON The handsome Brit and Marvel star reportedly fell out of favor before Craig ultimately signed on for Bond 25. Page Six reported that producer Barbara Broccoli found him "a bit too smug."



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