First, I am not promoting Richard Armitage as the next James Bond. I’m on the fence about it, but I know fans have very strong opinions in both directions. I don’t think it will happen.
That aside, this is a gas. Time has a voting competition going on, and you can read about it by clicking the link above. To help make a choice, Time has come up with a point system for previous experience requirements ( all tongue in cheek, I assume). Points are given for age, number of people the actor killed in films, Britishness, and how many people the actor has slept with on the screen. Time screwed up with Richard Armitage.
The errors both help him and hurt him, I would imagine.
First, in terms of the number of people he has killed on screen, he killed James McAvoy in Shakespeare Retold – Macbeth – which was not on the big screen. If they’re counting TV, then, as Lucas North, John Porter and Francis Dolarhyde, he has killed multiple times. If they only count big screen films, I guess it doesn’t count if you kill an Orc or a Troll.
Second, I know some think The Hobbit Trilogy was endless, but no way was he in 14 action films on the big screen. He’s only been in 5 films released on the big screen. I would give him 5 action films so far, with Pilgrimage upping that number in the future ( along with screen kills, I assume)
Third, and this is so sad, he’s a screen virgin: he hasn’t slept with anyone on the big screen. (I’m hoping this changes with Urban and the Shed Crew. His record is much better for TV ( but only a little) and he should get double or triple points for Between the Sheets.