Barkhad Abdi to be the next James Bond?

So, why not a 34-year-old James Bond from Somalia?

Is Abdi set to be the next James Bond? Rumors that the producers are looking for someone slightly different to play James Bond emerged in December 2019. One of the names who keeps cropping up is Barkhad Abdi.

UPDATE 26/01/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Every man, at some point in his life, wishes he could be James Bond. And with the news that Daniel Craig may well be out as 007, there are a whole bunch of actors from London to Mogadishu wondering what they could bring to the role.

Could Barkhad Abdi become the Seventh James Bond?

Abdi’s star has been rising in recent years thank to critically acclaimed roles in Blade Runner 2049 (2017) and Captain Phillips (2013). His commercial appeal is growing, too.

The question for Abdi now is – what next?

Three reasons Barkhad Abdi would be good for the James Bond franchise

  1. It would clarify that Bond is a rotating identity: If M can be a woman, why can't James Bond be a 34-year-old Somalian?
  2. No other performers could be nearly as cool and broodingly suave as Abdi.
  3. It would give Barkhad Abdi a chance to play a lover, as well as a fighter.

This 'Abdi To Play James Bond' Rumor had the internet in a frenzy

Twitter was flooded again Saturday with loads of tweets related to the rumor. Some fans even launched an online Facebook page called We Want Barkhad Abdi for James Bond.

“His name is Abdi. Barkhad Abdi!”
— Alan Sepintree (@sepintree) January 25, 2020
“He was perfect as Doc Badger in Blade Runner 2049, he will be tremendous portraying James Bond.”
— The Clear Observer (@clearobserver) January 25, 2020
“A Somalian James Bond!?! Is it some kind of a joke?”
— Boris Kleinman (@UKBoris) January 25, 2020
“Now, this might be a bit of a controversial pick for the role. But think about it: Abdi has always been a skilled actor. He's also known for his wit.”
— Claire Stone (@averageclaire) January 25, 2020

Rumors about Barkhad Abdi stepping into the role's next iteration have been floating about for a while now. He is characterized by being smooth, slick, handsome, rugged and charming. These are definitely the characteristics needed to play James Bond. Don’t you agree?

Do you think Barkhad Abdi should be the next James Bond?

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