Daniel Craig still has one more James Bond film in him to shoot next year, but once that’s done the question will once again turn to the recasting of the role and where the series will go next.
Survey company Morning Consult recently conducted a survey of Americans and how they feel about the British superspy and, more importantly, whom they would be happy with in terms of recasting.
In terms of specific names mentioned, a whopping 63% approved and only 21% opposed the casting of Idris Elba in the role, even after the actor himself struck down those rumors earlier this year.
In terms of demographics though, this is where the divide begins. Support for a black James Bond is high with 52% supporting and 29% opposing, a far better result than a Hispanic 007 (39% for/39% against) and an Asian 007 (37% for/41% against).
The idea of female Bond though? While the approval rate hovers at 37% the opposing rate shoots up to 48%. The idea that readers are really against though? A gay James Bond with only 28% approving and 52% opposing.
Classic Bonds were polled with Sean Connery the highest with an 82% approval rating followed closely by Pierce Brosnan (81%), Roger Moore (74%), Daniel Craig (71%), Timothy Dalton (49%) and George Lazenby (31%). Connery and Moore dominated the Top Ten with five and four films respectively.
That top ten: “Goldfinger,” “From Russia with Love,” “Live and Let Die,” “Diamonds are Forever,” “For Your Eyes Only,” “Casino Royale,” “You Only Live Twice,” “The Man with the Golden Gun,” “Dr. No” and “The Spy Who Loved Me”. The bottom five consisted of “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” “Quantum of Solace,” “Moonraker,” “Spectre” and “The Living Daylights”.