There is nothing that the internet loves more than baseless speculation and there are few things the internet loves to baselessly speculate about than who will be taking Daniel Craig’s place as the next James Bond. Countless actors have been tied to the role, most famously Idris Elba, but the newest name being tossed around as Craig’s replacement is none other than Charlize Theron.
Support for Theron first developed during the Oscars, where she and Craig presented Best Supporting Actor and while their time onstage was brief, the interaction was enough to make us wonder what it would be like if the South African actress was chosen as the next James Bond. And it wasn’t just us who were enticed by the idea of Theron carrying on the Bond legacy, as Twitter immediately began campaigning for the Oscar-winning actress.
My room has agreed that Charlize Theron should be the next James Bond.
— Emily Nussbaum (@emilynussbaum) February 25, 2019
A few people even had a creative way to keep Craig in the franchise.
Charlize Theron as James Bond. Daniel Craig as her Bond girl boytoy.
SO I DECLARE
— Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) February 25, 2019
While Theron has not been officially connected to the 007 films in any tangible way, she does seem like she would be a good fit for the role. She already proved her action star potential as Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road and also demonstrated a little more ass-kicking ability in a Budweiser commercial that aired during the ceremony.
Daniel Craig: Charlize Theron could kick my ass.
— Budweiser (@budweiserusa) February 25, 2019
Craig even admitted during their on-stage banter that he was intimidated by his co-presenter.
“Seriously, Charlize Theron could kick my ass,” Craig remarked.
If that’s not an endorsement, we don’t know what is.