Though Daniel Craig’s final outing in the role of James Bond is still well over a year from reaching our screens, the subject of who’ll be next to inherit the 007 title has spawned many a rumor, prediction, and debate in these last few months. And while Tom Hiddleston has been cited as a favorite in recent weeks, the internet has now offered an alternative suggestion in the form of a relative newcomer to Hollywood.
Henry Golding’s big screen experience may not go much beyond this year’s turns in Crazy Rich Asians and A Simple Favor, but as the cover star of the new GQ issue, the British-Malaysian actor and his suave photo shoot have earned Twitter’s attention, with several fans arguing that he has the looks and the charm to take carry the Bond name:
Henry Golding for James Bond https://t.co/wcwpsQ1Aj2
— Eric Francisco (@ERICxFRANCISCO) November 12, 2018
"Dear Santa, for Christmas I'd like Henry Golding as the next James Bond."
— Mina Li (@CodenameMinaLi) November 13, 2018
make henry golding the next james bond challenge https://t.co/dReaQ4RXi6
— Calvin (@calvinstowell) November 15, 2018
— Zachary Y. (@znyoung93) November 13, 2018
Of course, the enthusiasm of a few eager fans is never going to be enough in itself to land Golding one of the biggest roles in cinema, but the campaign has to start somewhere. Indeed, Idris Elba’s confirmation earlier this year that he won’t be the next Bond seems to have blown this field wide open, with Game of Thrones star Richard Madden and Superman actor Henry Cavill being two further names besides Hiddleston’s that the internet has suggested in recent months.
It’ll probably be quite a wait before we get any official announcement of who the seventh James Bond will be, but in the meantime, Daniel Craig still has to finish off his run with Bond 25. That film lands in cinemas on February 14th, 2020, and with True Detective director Cary Fukunaga at the helm, you can reportedly expect a send-off which subverts your expectations.