The Twitterverse wants Hollywood to make a “Jane Bond” movie in which a female finally gets to wear 007’s shoes, although there’s been no official news of a studio launching the project. Whoever plays Jane Bond will need a combination of elegance, gravitas, physicality and killer instinct. She ought to be a Brit, or play one convicingly. And let’s be honest: Age, looks and physique will count, just as they have been for every Bond.
Here are our choices:
10. Rebecca Ferguson
So far, Ferguson's highest-profile film role has been Isla Faust, a shadowy agent who flirts and fights with Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt in “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation.” She earned high praise for the role, and she’ll be returning in the sequel. Ferguson is Swedish, but she speaks proper English with barely a trace of an accent. As for her hair color, why couldn’t Jane Bond be a redhead
9. Olivia Wilde
She’s American, a little on the skinny side and generally lacking in action-film credentials, which makes her a long shot for Jane Bond. But Wilde is a sharp, versatile actress who’s played everything from an aimless 20-something in “Drinking Buddies” to a rugged loner in “Cowboys and Aliens.” An iron-pumping regimen and some time on a shooting range could make her a contender.
8. Saoirse Ronan
At 22, she might seem too young to play a seasoned spy. But did you see her in “Hanna” (2011) as a 15-year-old killer who takes on the CIA? The movie wasn’t great, but little Ronan was utterly convincing. Even in dramas like “Brooklyn” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” she conveys a no-nonsense intensity beyond her years. As a bonus, she also has the bluest eyes this side of Daniel Craig.
7. Yvonne Strahovski
This 37-year-old Australian actress has gone overlooked for years despite regular work in television (including a recurring role in Showtime’s “Dexter”) and a handful of movies (mostly duds). Still, Strahovski’s got something. In this year’s barely-released thriller “Manhattan Night,” she brought a cool confidence to her role as a femme fatale, and she even managed to shine as the pretty scientist in “I, Frankenstein.” Like current Bond Daniel Craig, Strahovski could be an unknown quantity waiting for her moment.
6. Kate Beckinsale
Lean and athletic at 42, Beckinsale has already anchored a popular action-franchise in four “Underworld” films. Granted, those movies are about supernatural nonsense, not real-world espionage, but Beckinsale looks great in a leather cat-suit and knows her way around a pistol. As for playing elegant and sophisticated, she’s currently earning rave reviews for her portrayal of a Jane Austen heroine in “Love and Friendship.”
5. Rosamund Pike
Easily one of the finest actresses around, the statuesque Pike has got to be on anyone’s shortlist for Jane Bond. Although known mostly for dramas (“Gone Girl,” “An Education”), Pike has been in a Bond film before – “Die Another Day,” in which she played the sword-wielding Miranda Frost. Granted, her punch-up with Halle Berry looked a little shaky, but that was nearly 15 years ago, before Pike became the confident star she is now.
4. Priyanka Chopra
Asked whether she’d consider playing a Bond girl, Chopra replied, “[Expletive] that, I wanna be Bond!” The Bollywood star certainly has the looks (she was Miss World in 2002) and she’s currently honing her action chops on the ABC spy-show “Quantico.” She’ll also star in the upcoming film “Baywatch” as the villain – a role originally written for a man.
3. Margot Robbie
For the moment, we know her as the knockout blonde in “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.” But Robbie will soon appear as the villain Harley Quinn in the DC Comics adaptation “Suicide Squad.” Her performance so impressed Warner Bros. that they agreed to her proposal for an all-female superhero film.
2. Zoe Saldana
The actress has become a bit unpopular following an uproar over her casting as the dark-skinned jazz singer Nina Simone. But let’s rewind: Saldana has been the acrobatic Gamora in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” a self-possessed Uhura in the new “Star Trek” movies and an avenging assassin in the pulp flick “Colombiana” (2011). Could Saldana convincingly speak the King’s English? She’s certainly good at hiding her Queens accent.
1. Emily Blunt
Blunt has come a long way since playing the mean girl in “The Devil Wears Prada.” The 33-year-old British actress has since conquered several physically demanding roles, including a sci-fi soldier in “Edge of Tomorrow” and FBI agent in “Sicario.” As an overall package, though, Blunt is surely a top choice for Jane Bond.