Penry-Jones. Rupert Penry-Jones. The ideal James Bond?

Penry-Jones, who really was in Spooks and frankly ought to continue the trend as Bond.

Further to my previous post about Benedict Cumberbatch, I thought I’d also spotlight another great actor yet to receive the recognition and exhibition platform they deserve: Rupert Penry-Jones. (Curiously, he also shares a first name with my brother, although that too is totally unrelated to this blog post…)

Penry-Jones’  career appears to have been much less acclaimed than Cumberbatch, perhaps unfairly, given that as Adam Carter, the frontman in Spooks from 2004-2008 he really proved to be worth his salt. Most recently starring in gripping ITV drama Whitechapel, he’s also set for the lead in BBC legal drama ‘Silk’ for which I could find very little information except this vague BBC link.

I think he’s an actor that would suit the big screen in similar roles to the small screen parts he has taken on. He simply needs more exposure. He usually plays a smooth, sharp witted, often dangerous character, but boasts a real charisma and natural charm. He’s ruggedly good looking (as most film friendly faces tend to be). In fact, he wouldn’t be misplaced as James Bond. (Oh come on, everyone knows he’s blond now!) Seriously though, I’m fully behind that idea.

Rupert, if you land that role, you owe me a pint. And a burger. In fact, maybe we could go see a movie? (I wonder if anyone else uses their blog to set up a (b)romantic dinner and drinks with actors they admire? I’m not trying to set a trend or anything, but if it works…)

Worst Quote of the Day

Not a feature I’ve done before, but hopefully you’ll agree that its introduction is worthwhile. Today’s quote goes to Matt Mueller of Total Film during his piece in last months issue (that I’ve only just got around to reading) on upcoming movie, Salt:

Bond’s franchise-makers could do far worse than consider giving 007 his own gender reassignment. The name’s Jolie, Angelina Jolie… – Matt Mueller

I don’t think I’ve ever heard a worse suggestion.