Finishing up our speculation of a future James Bond that began here yesterday, we’ve got two actors who would be good picks, and who are probably not obvious choices for the super-spy shortlist. These picks are for an older vs a younger Bond, figuring an actor who can look 40-45 is probably in the ideal range. Then again, Roger Moore played Bond at age 46 and 58, so there really doesn’t need to be any age limit on choosing a good actor to play Bond. First up, Paul Blackthorne, followed by Jason Isaacs.
Paul Blackthorne may be best known for his portrayal of wizard Harry Dresden in the short-lived but excellent TV adaptation of Jim Butcher’s novels, The Dresden Files. Blackthorne has had his share of “guest star of the week” appearances on TV shows such as Medium, Monk, Burn Notice, Leverage, Warehouse 13, and White Collar. If there is any reason he might not get selected in the future as James Bond it is because he is primarily had TV roles, but he is only 42, with plenty of time to get some movies behind him. And besides, Pierce Brosnan didn’t do much that was notable before GoldenEye other than Remington Steele.
Blackthorne is a British actor that has honed his American accent so well that you would never know his British background. If the Broccoli family continues with actors like Daniel Craig down the line as Bond, Blackthorne would fit right in. And if they want him to play up the Brit-speak he could easily play a Bond of the Sean Connery or Timothy Dalton variety. In fact, Blackthorne looks like a young Connery. All that aside, as Harry Dresden we got to see Blackthorne as a versatile actor, the role itself a bit X-Files, a bit cop drama, a bit Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He’s fun to watch and a likeable actor. And he looks the part.
Forty-eight year old British actor Jason Isaacs may be most famous for his portrayal as the sniveling, white-haired wizard Lucius Malfoy (Draco’s dad) in the Harry Potter movies. But in this year’s BBC/public television Masterpiece Mystery series Case Histories, we get to see Isaacs in a more down to Earth role, as a soldier turned cop turned private investigator. More than anything else, Isaacs comes across as a very cool character, the kind of cool required of Bond, with a fair amount of self-effacing scenes that show his capacity for some good humor, something we haven’t seen so much of in recent Bond portrayals. Maybe it is time to see how an older Roger Moore type Bond would appeal to fans?
Isaacs also has had a fair number of big screen roles, besides the Harry Potter films, including DragonHeart, Event Horizon, Armageddon, Soldier, Black Hawk Down, Resident Evil, and a lot of voice-over work–he’d have the sound of Bond down pretty well, too. And like Rufus Sewell and Paul Blackthorne, he sort of has that British renegade agent look about him. And he’s a dead ringer for Timothy Dalton.
So that’s just three recommendations. Any others?