With Skyfall, the twenty-third film in the James Bond series, becoming the franchise's biggest debut ever with almost $90 million at the box office during its U.S. debut — and critics hailing it as the best Bond film yet — its star Daniel Craig is now claiming he is done with the part.
If true, this will trigger a much publicized hunt for a new James Bond after Craig, who joined the franchise in 2006 with the successful Casino Royale, would join the likes of Sean Connery, Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan — among others — in the pantheon of retired agents 007.
And in keeping with the 50-year-old franchise’s theme of appealing to a younger and more diverse audience (they did — after all — substitute Bond's classic "shaken not stirred" martini with a youthful Heineken beer, and even adventured into some homoeroticism, in Skyfall) it is possible that the new Bond would be considerably younger than the classic mid-30s or early-40s character that has seduced Bond girls throughout the decades.
In that spirit, Breaking Dawn's Robert Pattinson is being proposed as a potential replacement — at least by E! viewers who picked the teen idol during an unscientific poll for the entertainment-oriented channel. At least, Pattinson will have the characteristic British accent. As to being able to carry Bond's license to kill, it remains to be seen.