Is one man allowed to be Superman and James Bond at the same time? If he can get around that weighty inquiry, Henry Cavill might be the perfect man to play 007. After a memorable role on the Showtime series The Tudors and a few minor film turns, Cavill took up the mantle of the last son of Krypton in Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, a role he's revisited in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. Those films - and Cavill's darker,self-doubtingg portrayal - have been met with a mixed reception, to say the least, but Cavill's charm and screen presence are undeniable.
Not only was Cavill previously the runner up to play Bond in Casino Royale, he's essentially played a version of the role already in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. His turn as the suave, charismatic spy Napoleon Solo is likely Cavill's best performance to date, give or take his scene stealing, mustache wielding turn in Mission Impossible: Fallout. It might be time to graduate from the CIA to MI6.
After some minor British TV roles on the likes of Doctor Who and That Mitchell and Webb Look, Daniel Kaluuya made himself stand out with Black Mirror, a role which led to him being cast in Sicario before knocking audiences off their feet as the lead in Jordan Peele's Get Out; his white knuckle performance as Chris Washington earned him an Academy Award nomination. He followed that up with a supporting role in Black Panther, capping off one of the best years a young actor has had in recent memory.
Kaluuya is a little on the young side for Bond at 29, but he's capable of a level of gravitas that belies his age. He would be a fairly radical departure from Craig's grizzled, tortured iteration, but that might be what the franchise needs.
Richard Madden seems like a superstar waiting to happen. The 32-year-old came to prominence as the ill-fated Robb Stark on Game of Thrones. Madden took what could have been a somewhat thinly sketched member of the Stark family and injected him with enough soul and determination that the sting was all the more impactful when the Red Wedding finally reared its ugly head.
Madden has taken on some minor film and television roles since departing Game of Thrones, but has yet to find his post-Westeros niche. Madden has an easy charm that could potentially fit nicely with a slightly less grim version of Bond, invoking some of the humor and romance that have been lacking from the franchise over the last decade.
And, of course, there's Tom Hardy, one of Hollywood's greatest enigmas. He's arguably already an A-list talent, starring in the likes of The Dark Knight Rises, Dunkirk, Mad Max: Fury Road, and the upcoming Venom, yet he's such a physical chameleon that you might not be able to pick him out of a crowd.
Would Hardy even be interested in relinquishing his infamous eccentricity to play something as straightforward as Bond? If so, he'd likely knock it out of the park, though it would figure to be something of an escalation of Craig's hyper violent, no nonsense version. Still, if it was Hardy in the tux, it's hard to imagine many people objecting.