There’s a Conspicuously Missing Name from MGM’s Purported James Bond Short List, But It Ain’t Idris’


If these rumors about the next James Bond — should Daniel Craig decide to vacate the role — are true, I have good news and not as good news.

First up, Idris has made the MGM cut. According to *a source* at the studio:

To get anyone to take over from Daniel will be a tough job …. There will be a lot of trepidation about a new Bond, but Idris’ talent and proven appeal gives executives a lot of heart. Idris may be a little older than the other candidates but he looks like he is still in his 30s.

The other names said to be on the studio shortlist are:

Michael Fassbender


Luke Evans


Aidan Turner


Charlie Hunnam (really?)


The Hiddles


Interestingly, though, Bond producer Barbara Broccoli, who has the final decision on who ultimately takes on the James Bond role, has her eye on a couple of younger fellas.

Jamie Bell


James Norton


And now, the not as good news. SOMEONE IS MISSING.

I’d like to remind Ms. Broccoli and MGM of a person whose hat has publicly been thrown in the ring and, yet, somehow isn’t on the official short list. A person who’d be perfect for the role; a modern Bond who, instead of stirring the pot, would really shake things up.

Gillian Anderson


We do hope the producers and MGM are truly keeping an open mind. Bond. Jane Bond.


Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis has been writing about the entertainment industry for ​over eight years, and is the ​Editor-in-Chief at Oohlo, where she muses over television, movies, and pop culture. Previous Senior News Editor at Pajiba, and published at BUST.

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  • AbbySaurus

    Maybe that list is a red herring and they really are considering a woman for the part.
    Yeah, I know. Haven’t had enough coffee yet.

  • emmalita

    Jamie Bell always strikes me as kind of a creeper. I’m not sure that I have any information to back that up, but there you go. Maybe it’s his chin. idk

    I think we all know that if I were casting it would be Idris, Gillian, or Tilda. Or all three.

    • Valhallaback Girl

      “Maybe it’s his chin”

      Too fucking funny!

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Luke Evans?

  • are we still trying to make Luke Evans Happen? HE”S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. Same with Armie Hammer face.

    I still say Idris or GA.

    Hiddles i love you, but no.

    • Bradley Cooper is still around, so uh…anyone can happen.