While promoting his latest Bond film, "Spectre," Daniel Craig caused quite a stir last year when he insinuated that he was no longer interested in playing the martini-drinking secret agent.
Craig later backtracked, but that didn't stop Bond fanatics from speculating about the next 007. Actor Idris Elba was an early favorite, and rumors gathered such force, the Luther star even grew weary of the suggestion.
"I'm probably the most famous Bond actor in the world and I’ve not even played the role," he once said. "Enough is enough. I can't talk about it any more."
Later, fans targeted their sights on Tom Hiddleston, who even played a spy in the recent AMC miniseries "The Night Manager." Reports of a meeting between the actor and Spectre director Sam Mendes added fuel to the fire, and Hiddleston quickly became the frontrunner. His odds became so overwhelmingly favorable that London bookmakers even canceled their Bond-to-be bets.
Most recently, however, another potential heir to the Bond throne surfaced: Gillian Anderson. Over the weekend, a fan-led Twitter campaign threw its support behind the "X-Files" actress. And Anderson seemed to agree: "It's Bond. Jane Bond," she tweeted on Saturday along with a photo of her Photoshopped into Bond's iconic poster.
Quantico’s breakout star, Priyanka Chopra, also has begun campaigning for the coveted role. During an interview with Complex, the actress addressed the frequent suggestion that she should be cast as the next Bond girl: "I get that all the time," she said. "But fuck that — I wanna be Bond." (There's precedent there, too; in the upcoming remake of 'Baywatch,' Chopra will play a villainous oil tycoon, a part that was originally written for a man.)
With a male M now as Bond's superior and the forthcoming all-female "Ghostbusters" film, there's never been a better time to give a woman a license to kill. With that in mind, here, we suggest six actresses (mostly British, we had to keep a bit of tradition, after all) who have the style, sophistication, and attitude needed to play the next 007.
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