And what if the new James Bond comes from Spain? 12x contenders!

MADRID – Daniel Craig surprisingly said goodbye as 007 in 2021 in the 25thJames Bond film and the search for a replacement has already started. The endof the film ‘No Time to Die’ is open so there can be a male, female, withAfrican roots, gender neutral or … Spanish speaking James Bond. Suppose theproducers choose an ‘espia español’ and ‘zero zero siete’ who could that be?

The chance is of course very small but who knows, if the new James (or Jane)Bond might be a woman or a James Bond with African roots, why not a James (orJuan) Bond from Spain? Spanish is a world language and Spanish-language seriesand movies are very popular thanks to Netflix, among others.

Below we list several Spanish popular male actors who could turn into 007 justlike that (again, the chances are slim). We’ll skip Antonio Banderas (becauseof his age), Javier Bardem (once a Bond movie villain) and Santiago Segura(known as police officer Torrente).

The contenders

1. Mario Casas

Born 1986 in Galicia. This actor has now played roles in 15 films and 6series, some of which can also be seen on Netflix. It is not known how goodhis English is, but it is known that he is in the list of 15 famous andhandsome Spanish actors.

2. Jesus Castro

Born 1993 in Cadiz. They sometimes call him the Spanish Paul Newman because ofhis look. Netflix viewers may know him because of the Spanish series ‘Mar deplástico’ and the movie ‘La isla mínima’. The disadvantage of Jesus Castro (myname is Castro, Jesus Castro) is that he doesn’t have blue eyes like a JamesBond should have.

3. Miguel ngel Silvestre

Born in 1982 in Castellon de la Plana. Known from several Netflix series andmovies such as ‘Sense8’, ‘Narcos’ and ‘Sky Rojo’ and certainly handsome enoughto play a James Bond with Spanish style. He speaks good English which is aplus for a British spy right?

4. Andrés Velencoso Segura

Born in 1978 in Tossa de Mar. Andrés once had an (almost) real Bond girl as agirlfriend, Kylie Minogue, but now he is known for his modeling work and muchless for his acting (which is not so good).

5. Ruben Cortado

Born 1984 in Cuba. Ok, he is technically not a Spaniard but he should not bemissing on this list. James Bond has often been to Cuba so that would befamiliar territory for Rubén. Rubén is better known as a model for Jean-PaulGaultier, Jaguar and Roberto Verino, among others, than as an actor … could bea downside.

6. Alex Gonzalez

Born in 1980 in Madrid. This actor is known for many Spanish series that havenot been seen beyond the borders of Spain, but he has also played roles in themovie ‘X-Men’ and that is no stranger. So he is known as a superhero, butwould he also be a good James Bond? In any case, at the age of 15 he studiedEnglish in the United Kingdom.

7. Maxi Iglesias

Born 1991 in Madrid. Known for his roles in Spanish television series andmovies but little international experience. Still, because of his look, hecould be a good Juan Bond. Still, some Netflix viewers may recognize him forroles in “Velvet,” “Paquita Salas,” Velvet Colección, “Valeria” and “LaCocinera de Castamar.”

8. Yon Gonzalez

Born 1986 in Guipuzcoa. Yon may be known to some readers for his roles inSpanish series that can be found on Netflix such as ‘Gran reserva’ and ‘GranHotel’. He even received an international award in New York.

9. Quim Gutierrez

Born in 1981 in Barcelona. This Spanish actor can be seen a lot on Netflix soa large international audience will know him from ‘El Vecino’ (The Neighbour)where he already plays a superhero, ‘Te quiero imbecil’ or ‘Primos’. However,he is a bit of a bumbling actor who doesn’t exude much confidence like DanielCraig shall we say.

10. Dani Rovira

Born in 1980 in Malaga. If the producers of James Bond are looking for acomedic version of 007, Dani Rovira is the right place for them. This actor isvery popular in Spain and known as a comedian or presenter, but he can alsoact in serious films. Would he be suitable as James Bond…. I have no idea, butthe comic part is fine.

11. Javier Bardem

Recently it became known that the producers of the James Bond films think thatan English spy should not be too young. Well that’s possible, Spain also hassome older James Bond candidates such as 53-year-old Javier Bardem. Theproblem with this actor is that exactly ten years ago in 2012, he was also thevillain in the movie ‘Skyfall’.

12. Antonio Banderas

Who doesn’t know this ‘Zorro’ actor. World-renowned and highly experiencedwith roles in dozens of Hollywood movies. Perhaps the 62-year-old Banderas isa bit too old for the James Bond saga, but at least he is a familiar face. Andthat can also work against him, James Bond is then too easily compared to’Zorro’ or ‘Evita’ or ‘Spy Kids’.