Yes Steve I agree that many will have their favourite Bond depending on age.Roger Moore will always be Bond to me because I grew up on the classic MWTGG-TSWLM-Moonraker films. As a kid I'd never heard of Simon Templar and only knew Moore from Bond and The Wild Geese. I always thought it was a shame that Timothy Dalton didn't do more films, he was a great Bond and played it more like the character in the books. His License to Kill pre-dates the serious tone of the Craig movies by 17 years. I enjoyed SPECTRE but it does suffer from a tonal imbalance, never sure whether it's serious or jokey. However for me, the single best Bond film remains OHMSS, which SPECTRE references quite a bit, along with a host of other Bond movies. It plays like a Bond Greatest Hits package at times.
Enjoyed it but definitely time for a change. Elba and Nolan in to reset and start a new bond. I'd like to see his recruitment from the SAS and see the transition from raw, brutal talent to a more recognisable but modern Bond.
I would love for that dream team to become a reality, but Elba's just too old. It's a shame because, had they caught him young enough, he could have run and run in the role. (damn, and if they'd ever got Clive Owen...)
Have to say, though, after 3 seasons of Luther and his turn in the Wire I can't see Elba downplaying that swagger enough to take orders. I know Craig was ALWAYS off reservation, but Elba wouldn't even care where the reservation was. He'd just tower over M with his trademark hunch and stare at him and say "Hmmmm?!" in that way that means, "You had better agree with me right now."
People I don't want as Bond: