Blake Lively & Amber Heard battle for a Bond girl role: who should win?

Blake Lively

I’ve never really considered Blake Lively and Amber Heard to be in competition for the same movie roles. Have you? Blake has stuck to (mostly) fluffy roles like Gossip Girl and those Travelling Pants movies. Amber’s been busy trying to replicate the early stages of Angelina Jolie’s career. Amber’s been doing so for the past decade, and Angelina has since moved on from those types of action-girl roles. I’ve always felt that Blake realizes her acting limitations, but Amber is still playing the artist card.

This week’s issue of Star says that Blake and Amber have finally crossed career paths. Both of them would love to score a role in the next James Bond movie. The film will probably feature Chiwetel Ejifor as the baddie, and producers are looking for the main Bond Girl. Physically, both ladies fit the bill. So who shall it be?

Uh-oh, the world’s favorite spy has one tough decision to make! Blake Lively and Amber Heard are vying fot the coveted role of James Bond’s leading Lady in the next 007 film, which is shooting this November and due out a year later. The part calls for a gorgeous Scandanavian woman who is a “good person with a trouble past.” This is a huge franchise, so anyone asked to audition jumps at the chance,” says a source who reveals that producer Barbara Broccoli thinks Blake and Amber would both be ideal — but only one of them can land the part! “There’s bound to be a showdown. They would certainly fight for it!” They wouldn’t be worthy of Bond Girl status if they didn’t!

[From Star, print edition, June 9, 2014]

I don’t know if Star pulled this story out of thin air, but this role probably won’t happen for either lady. Blake doesn’t have the intensity to play a contemporary Bond Girl, and Amber’s played too many Bond Girl-wannabe characters already. I wouldn’t put it past Johnny Depp to make a few phone calls because he’s blinded by his love. I do think both ladies would jump at the chance if this role was offered, but the critics would be merciless. Remember how Denise Richards caught so much ire for her performance? Blake or Amber would never recover.

Hey, guess who once turned down the role of a Bond Girl? Angelina Jolie.

Amber Heard

Amber Heard

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  1. Eve says:

    Neither!!!

  2. Abbott says:

    Throw them both into lava. What?

  3. Juliette says:

    Also neither of them are Scandinavian, and neither could pull off an accent.

    • Chinoiserie says:

      I would be nice that an actual Scandinavian woman was hired but Noomi Rapace is probably the only one with high enough profile and she does not look like the stereotype.

      • How about Birgitte Sorenson? “Borgen” has a lot of fans (me included), and she’s gorgeous.

      • Franklymydear1 says:

        Could be Alicia Vikander or Björk(please someone make this happen)

      • Jen says:

        I don’t like Noomi at all. Everything she’s been in besides Dragon Tattoo she’s sucked at. There are many Scandinavian actresses: Alicia Vikander (maybe looks too young), Malin Akerman, Helena Mattsson, Josephine Bornebusch, Cecilia Forss, I could go on and on…

        None of the Bond movies have ever really worried about casting “high profile” and famous women.

      • Ally8 says:

        Love Alicia Vikander but she’s too good for what will probably another do her / kill her Bond girl role.

        I really enjoyed Skyfall but the Honest Trailer for it makes a great point about the tone deaf treatment of the women characters.

        As to Blake vs. Amber, it’ll be tough to pick the lesser of two dumbs.

      • Isadora says:

        Another voice for Birgitte Sorenson! She looks the Scandinavian stereotype, but still intersting and I think it would be a nice chance for her to get known to a wider audience than Borgen.

      • feebee says:

        I prefer my Naomi Rapace dark, really dark. Sorry to pigeonhole her but…. I’d love a really dark, dangerous female villain.

    • mercy says:

      One good reason why this report is probably false. That, and it’s the Star, who are notorious for making things up. And I can’t see Blake really wanting the role at this point in her career, despite the high profile. Maybe in her Gossip Girl days, but even back then she was rather picky about her roles, especially for a young actress without a lot of experience.

  4. Bubulle says:

    No matter the result, the audience won’t win.

  5. Melissa says:

    Not a big fan of either but I think Amber’s better looking and her speaking voice is normal as opposed to Blake’s weird mumbling. You’d think she’d take diction lessons or something.

    • Stacey says:

      I agree. They are both pretty but I think Amber is more interesting (which isn’t saying much) than Lively and Amber is definitely more vixen-y. Blake is gorgeous (especially in Savages-omg) but she’s too vanilla.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I agree. If we are going with the lesser of two evils, I gotta go with Amber. Blake is distractingly bad.

    • Dubois says:

      My thoughts exactly. If you held a gun to my head, I’d pick Amber. Blake’s mumbling is so irritating. I’m marathon-watching Gossip Girl on Netflix and Blake is unbelievably bad. Leighton Meester acts CIRCLES around her. So Amber wins because she’s the better actress (all things being relative), she can actually talk and enunciate, and based on looks alone, she’s prettier IMO.

    • Val says:

      + to all you guys. I can’t stand Blake, and I think Amber does have the “interesting” factor to play a Bond girl. Vixen-y, as you said, and she has way more charisma.

    • Angie says:

      Oh my god YES. I’m pretty indifferent to Blake but her voice is so annoying. I’d pick Amber by default

  6. THeOriginalKitten says:

    “Blake doesn’t have the intensity to play a contemporary Bond Girl”

    Intensity? That’s a bit generous, don’t you think?
    All a “contemporary” Bond Girl has to do is look good in a bikini, which means both of these chicks would qualify.

    • Jegede says:

      Exactly.

      And looking at past 10 bond movies its not even much of a career booster or anything

      • TheOriginalPuppy says:

        Boost to the bank account though.

      • Bridget says:

        @puppy: not really even that. Aside from Halle Berry, one thing all of the Bond girls have had in common is they’ve been inexpensive.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Wasn’t Rosamund Pike a Bond Girl? She seems to have done well for herself, but no doubt that was because of her talent and not the Bond role.

    • Kali says:

      Ooof, maybe as the “B” Bond girl (aka the more eye candy one) as there’s generally the one Bond bangs (who then tragically dies). The “A” Bond girl (lead females)in the last few Bond movies have been fairly amazing. Eva Green in that initial train scene in “Casino Royale” just shreds Bond to pieces with nothing more than a few well chosen words and Olga Kuryalenko was pretty solid too. Naomie Harris kills it too!

      • Jegede says:

        Pride and Prejudice was what made Rosamund Pike’s career not Bond.

        Its saying something that in all her profiles interviews ALWAYS reference her Jane Bennett

  7. The Original Mia says:

    Please…As if either of them would ever be cast in a Daniel Craig Bond movie.

  8. Pandy says:

    I don’t think either of them would fit the bill. I say we push them out to sea on a raft and whoever makes it back can have the part.

  9. Kiddo says:

    Amber.

    • mimif says:

      I’m voting for Mumbles just for the laughs.

      • Irishae says:

        Me too. Mumbles McMarblemouth as Serena Van Der Woodsen as Bond Girl opposite a cranky Daniel Craig. Make it a road trip movie. So many LOLs.

    • MW says:

      I agree — Amber. She has the Bond girl “look”. However, this was in Star Magazine? If there is any truth to this story, I will be absolutely shocked. Also, I read that Penelope Cruz might be being considered.

  10. JME says:

    Ugh. They both suck.

  11. Izzy says:

    Neither. Find someone who can actually act.

  12. Helvetica says:

    Neither.

    Both are boring but I’d give the edge to Heard, if I absolutely must.

    Blake is so bland and boring, she will put everyone to sleep.

  13. TheOriginalPuppy says:

    Conchita Wurst!

  14. Bridget says:

    Blake REALLY wanted a legit acting career for a while there. She pushed hard to try to get Gravity, the Great Gatsby, The Dark Knight Rises (or whatever the last Bat man movie was). She has the hustle and is super-connected, so if she wanted the Bond Girl job she’d have it in a heartbeat.

    • sure says:

      If that were the case she would have landing all the jobs she wanted.

      • Bridget says:

        She’s got connections and obviously an amazing agent, but she was aiming outside her acting league. Bond Girl however would be a fit.

    • klredwolf says:

      I thought Blake was really good in The Town.

      • starrywonder says:

        She mumbled all of her lines. I admit she played trashy well but she was not a highlight for me at all. She is very pretty but she cannot act to save her life in my eyes. She is pretty much the next Jessica Biel. But cooks.

      • Jegede says:

        @klredwolf
        And she’s got the legs to pull of a Bond killing costume

      • Jay says:

        Her Boston accent in The Town was pitiful. I thought she was terrible in that movie.

      • Francis says:

        She was great in The Town and in Savages.
        She’s young , she’ll get something right for her when time is right. She can do ten yrs of small roles and still be in her prime , if she plays her cards right. She’ll be fine. Imo

  15. mimi says:

    If I have to pick either one, I’d vote for Blake. I liked her on Gossip Girl.
    Plus she’s very beautiful, has a great body and looks gorgeous in evening gowns and swimsuits…a must for all Bond girls! LOL

  16. Cupcake says:

    I say Amber. I think she’s hotter!

  17. ldub says:

    BLAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Annabelle says:

    I could totally see Amber for the role.

  19. TJ says:

    Neither. Give it to Olivia Wilde instead, who can actually act and had good chemistry with Daniel Craig in Cowboys & Aliens. .

  20. Delta Juliet says:

    No. No. Nononononononononononono.

  21. Chiara says:

    Bond is a 40 something guy right? Well I DEMAND a 40 something Bond Girl….I don’t care whom it will be, better if is a badass really talented actress like Blanchett, Winslet, Wright, you name her… WTF!

    • TJ says:

      There were serious rumors about Penelope Cruz for this one. I could imagine her, Charlize Theron, Amy Adams, Jennifer Garner, Liv Tyler or Christina Hendricks.

      But if they want a younger Bond girl, cast Olivia Wilde, who at least looking more mature then her real age, looks great, and has some history already with Craig. (Interesting trivia: Wilde was almost cast as Vesper in Casino Royal, but the role went to Eva Green in the end. Wilde said that she was really sad about not getting that role.)

    • Vesta says:

      I vote for JOAN COLLINS as the next Bond Girl. It’s about time they reverse things a bit, in every way!

  22. Jac says:

    Erm…isn’t this precisely the kind of “hot girl” role Weird Amber was so tired of only yesterday?

  23. Jaded says:

    Lupita!!!!

  24. ToodySezHey says:

    Is neither an option? Can I nominate my own like..dry toast, wet potato, dirty sock?

  25. Birdix says:

    That first photo of Amber is hilarious– “Do you see what I have to put up with? The scarves, the pocket chains, the gloves, the cane–I thought we’d never leave the house!”

  26. Kate says:

    Blake was fairly decent in The Town and that was (a) a really well done movie and (b) an intense role — a far cry from Gossip Girls. I do not understand the Amber Heard thing apart from the fact she’s f(*&ing Johnny Depp. I cannot tell you one movie she’s been in and if I’ve seen one she’s been in, I don’t remember her. Everyone needs to stop trying to make her happen. It isn’t going to happen. The sex fog Johnny’s in will end.

  27. journey says:

    Daniel Craig’s real life wife would make a boffo Bond babe! Rachel would rock it better than any of the aforementioned half-pints, the lady has class and acting chops and can handle action roles (a.k.a. the Mummy movies), and she just has that extra oomph!!

  28. peaches mcdooby says:

    gag…why not throw Kim K into the mix..they are all on the same spectrum
    you know who has really impressed me lately?….
    (i know you are all holding your collective breaths)

    former Bond girl Eva Green

    i saw here in 300 Rise of the Empire…(okay okay i know guilty pleasure)
    but she was great!
    and she is amazing in Penny Dreadful too, a neat new series
    she has proven to me she has some acting chops.

    Blake and Amber don’t cut the mustard imo
    Amber was horrible in 3 days to Kill…so wooden
    these girls only get work by who they know and who they bl*w

  29. Karen says:

    Actually, I can entirely imagine that they’re up for the same rolls. Make no mistake, they BOTH take themselves very seriously. In terms of connections, I think Amber has it in the bag with Johnny Depp. But Blake is highly personable. I think Amber is too though.

    At the Met Gala, there’s this picture of Amber behind Blake kind of side-eyeing her haha and I thought they probably compete for roles.

    But a bond girl is such a lame role, though Eva Green did it. It’s only a good role if you’ve already done more serious roles.

  30. bettyrose says:

    Drunken Patsty slurring through vodka shots: “but I was a Bond girl!”

  31. Leek says:

    If either of them gets it, nobody wins.

  32. aenflex says:

    Neither

  33. Penelope says:

    Amber is far prettier–Blake’s a bit of a horse face and not Bond girl material in that way imo– but neither can act. So that’s a draw.

    Find a third party!!

    • Belle Epoch says:

      I was really shocked by Blake’s profile, which of course we never see. She has a Wicked Witch face – sharp nose, pointy chin. Must be a pain to shoot her “best angle” all the time.

  34. Amanda_M87 says:

    Neither of them are Bond girl material. On another note, I do like Blake’s dress in the top photo.

  35. Bria says:

    This is the funniest thing I’ve heard in a long time!! Bond women are dark, mysterious, sultry, some are just as cold blooded as the evil men they work for. They want to compete with Eva Green, Olga Kurylenko, Marion Cotillard, Michele Yeoh…ha!

    I don’t see Daniel Craig laying in bed with a woman who could play his daughter in another movie

    • Francis says:

      You must have missed Kim Bassinger, Denise Richards, Ursala Andres all blondes.
      Bond girls are definitely blonde too.
      Amber would be perfect. IMO She’s stunning. On screen in the movie she made with Johnny Depp she looked absolutely gorgeous.
      There are dozens of blonde Bond women. Just saying.

  36. Lucretia says:

    Remember the treatment of the Bond girl in Skyfall? It’s clear that the Bond franchise doesn’t really know what to do with this character anymore. I’d advise them both to forget it–it does nothing for anyone’s career.

  37. starrywonder says:

    Honestly the woman that played Moneypenny is coming back and will be Bond Girl A. Bond Girl B needs to be someone else like Penelope Cruz who I hear is probably going to take it anyway. Amber Heard being Johnny Depp’s fiancee can’t help you when you can’t act. Blake Lively needs to focus on getting her and her husband’s careers out of the free for all decline they are going through.

  38. littlestar says:

    BLAKE!!!!!!!!! All the way! I know she’s not a great actress, but I love her. Can’t stand Heard!

  39. Moneypenny says:

    Are we casting a Bond movie from 40 years ago? Neither of them would be cast in a Daniel Craig Bond movie. If the part calls for a Scandanavian, they will cast a Scandanavian. The recent Bond girls have not been stars, have had accents and they were not just the “pretty girl in a bikini” actress of yore.

    • Francis says:

      Isn’t acting about also being able to pull off an accent. Angelina does it and so does Renee Zellwegger, they play British ladies quite well. So does Gwyneth play Brits.

    • Francis says:

      Bond is Bond and timeless, there have always been blonde Girls and there always will be.

  40. babyb says:

    the battle of the BLANDS

  41. P.J. says:

    I hate to say this but, while Blake doesn’t stand a rat’s chance in hell of pulling off-never mind getting offered- the role, I can actually see Amber pulling this off. While she is certainly not even close to ever being able to be a femme fatale on the level of Jolie, the sexy, slinky bad girl is an area Amber seems to have been made for. The girl’s body is SICK, and she really wouldn’t have to “act” much beyond her real personality and putting on a Scandinavian accent. (Which I’ll admit will likely be a disaster in and of itself but can you IMAGINE Blake doing it?! It would be all blank stares, closed mouth talking and that sucking in air/spit thing she always does.)

    In fact, now that I think about it, Amber would have been perfection in the gritty, sexy, pot smoking girlfriend role in “Savages” that Lively completely ruined. God, she really was the very worst part of what was otherwise a really entertaining movie 😒 And Aaron-Taylor Johnson shirtless with dreads was just…😍)

  42. Clicky says:

    I don’t think it’s true.
    Blake doesn’t have the bombshell look of the Bond’s girls and neither has the strong personality to do it.

    And Amber who has the look seems to be walking away from this kind of roles on her recent work. I know she’s doing this kind of indie movies right now, where her character aren’t the bombshell. So it looks like now that she have the options to chose her roles, instead of only take what she can, she doesn’t choose the bombshell action roles.

    But what about the rumors about Penelope Cruz as the new Bond’s girl?

  43. Nene says:

    Absolutely concur with most of the posters. NEITHER!

    I am a huge 007 fan,infact I’ve watched everyone of them. Some twice. Oh yeah,that’s how much I love 007 movies.
    And two things remain ever memorable to a fan and even none fans : the legendary sartorial style of James Bond and the stunning beauty of the bond girls.
    In the past 10 years the bond girls have seriously downgraded imho.
    I remember the very hot Ursula in Dr No(the opening scene at the beach anyone?!) ,beautiful Jane Seymour in Live and Let Die, the very lovely Carole in For Your Eyes Only, gorgeous Honor in Goldfinger, stunning Barbara in The Spy Who Loved Me, exotically gorgeous Michelle Yoeh in and the smokin’ sexy Halle in Die Another Day( the orange bikini anyone?!). Theses are my faves including the Golden Girl in Goldfinger, Shirley Eaton(sp?).
    Those bondgirls were as beautiful as they were iconic.

    The James Bond character is supposed to be an international spy so he is bound to meet women of every race hence the producers should diversify. There are many exotically beautiful,aspiring and unknown Scan actresses out there to chose from! Come on.
    Amber and Blake are so boring- facially and acting-wise. This is harsh but I think if you search for the word boring in the dictionary you’d see their pix there.

    Honestly,beauty,acting prowess and intelligence seems to be a rare combo in Hollywood these days.
    It’s high time these directors and producers went out the Hollywood ‘arena’ and chose the unknowns and stop this nepotism for cryin’ out loud – young girls fresh from acting schools,theaters, aspiring ones from relatively unpopular but good shows,etc.They’d really be amazed…

  44. Anne says:

    Blake. Trust me Amber is worse.

  45. magpie says:

    Both! But between the two, I pick Blake.

  46. Argirl says:

    What’s the difference?

  47. Kimberly says:

    Both are pretty but HELL NO to both of them!!!!!

    What’s going on with the world? The HORROR!!
    Barbara Broccoli must be on crack to consider these 2.
    Their acting abilities aren’t that great either.

    Btw neither girl can pass for a Scandanavian woman. Couldn’t they actually choose a gorgeous and TALENTED actresss with Scandanavian roots? I’m sure they won’t be hard to find.

    As a few ppl mentioned before, Olivia Wilde would be a decent pick.
    I don’t mind them casting her if an authentic Scandanavian chick isn’t chosen.

  48. Francis says:

    Amber’s got this one. IMO. She’s got more of an edge and more intensity and she has Johnny Depp big film star.
    Blake was good in the movie she did with Oliver Stone, I think it was and also she was good in the film with Ben Affleck but she’s still too associated with TV.

    But Denise Richards was once a Bond Girl, so Blake could get the role.
    I’d still go with Amber,she’s still sort of under the wire to the general public whereas Blake is well known from GG.

    • Sarah says:

      Not really Blake was better in the town than anything I have seen amber do. Either way it’s a dumb story when the casting break down calls for a Scandinavian actress.

  49. Marianne says:

    I think Amber would be better suited. I get more of a femme fatale vibe from her.

  50. BleedingHeartLibra says:

    Duh. No Brainer. Amber Heard.

  51. Arhodo says:

    Neither!

  52. Sarah says:

    It’s bullshit. They are looking for actual Scandinavian actresses not Texan actresses. They have been audioning Swedish, Danish and Norwegian actresses. The other part is for a British actress. If you read movie sites the names mentioned are all genuine Scandinavians including one of the actresses from Borgen.

  53. illandri says:

    Ew. Really? It’s between THESE two? If I HAD to choose (and I don’t, but I will) it would be Amber.

  54. lisa2 says:

    Another example of women fighting to be the NOBODY in a male driven film

    Well there are still some women that demand to be Bond instead of the Bond Girl.

  55. Jaana says:

    Blake!!!!! She is beautiful… I can only imagine how stunning she is in person.

  56. Div says:

    Deadline said they are auditioning foreign actresses.

  57. Lex says:

    Why are they turning to Americans for Bond girls? They should be exotic and stunningly beautiful. ..

  58. M says:

    Can I say neither? Neither please

    Neither of them can act and the character is suppose to be Scandinavian? lol Good luck pulling that off if either of those two ladies get that job. I am sure other ladies will be mentioned for the role as well.

  59. decorative item says:

    I have no problems with blonds, but these two are just interchangeably bland.

  60. turtle says:

    Am I the only one who straight loves Blake?
    Blake is a beauty

  61. Liz says:

    Rachel Weisz is gorgeous, sexy, exotic, and she can act. She reminds me of Eva Green. Those are the type of women they need to be looking for. Blake and Amber are not right for the role. Blake has a nice body but her face is ok.

  62. sam says:

    neither of these people need to have the role. they are horrid.

  63. Francis says:

    Both are stunning women.

  64. Naddie says:

    If I HAD to choose, I’d go for Amber, because she’s beautiful, at least. I still can’t believe people think Blake is that gorgeous. I got shocked when I saw she was going to be the story’s beauty queen in Gossip girl, since I’ve pictured a stunning young woman.

  65. GByeGirl says:

    Why not Zoidberg?

  66. Kate says:

    Just put Eva Green back in there. Problem solved.

  67. Michi says:

    Battle of the bland blondes for Bond girl

  68. Lotta says:

    Amber is prettier och more beautiful med Blake’s looks are more interesting and have more of a personality. Amber looks like any random goodlooking swedish woman (I’m swedish) and there is nothing really remembarly about her. She doesn’t stick out at all. Maybe it is because her kind of look and features is very common here, but I just can’t find anything special about her except that she is a goodlooking woman.

  69. Francis says:

    Yes what people don’t realize is just because breakdowns say Scandinavian, does not mean the casting people would not audition American actresses, who have a look. Besides Amber and Blake could very well be of Scandinavian descent. Maybe they were told to audition with accents , Angelina plays British and French, just saying.
    Still the papers in Sweden and Norway did have a blonde actress on the front pages the other day who they were saying may be Bond’s Girl.
    I really think if they go for blonde Charlize Theron would be my choice, she’s amazing all around.

  70. Norman says:

    Very late to “neither” but on “tall blonds” I would pick Olivia Wilde. Blake calls herself reluctant to acting and Amber bemoans that anybody knows who she is. If I had no choice, Blake but if I had an initial option then it would be Olivia Wilde.

  71. Didi says:

    Of course Jolie turned it down. That role is beneath her. They should really cast an unknown really.

  72. Baskingshark says:

    How about instead they cast someone who is not young enough to be Daniel Craig’s daughter?

  73. A.Key says:

    I’m sick of “Bond girls” really. Is it still the 1950s where women are only supposed to be pretty arm-candy for the strong capable men who are in charge of everything? Any woman who isn’t desperate career-wise should stay clear of that shit if she has any brains or decency.

  74. Caz says:

    The actress who was Lagertha in The Vikings. She’d kick Craig’s ass from here to Stockholm.

  75. Francis says:

    Bond girls are usually cast based on story location so the story must have something to do in Scandinavian countries if they are going for a Nordic blonde type. Just saying.

  76. GIRLFACE says:

    Why not Malin Akerman? She was so awesome in The Watchmen. She could totally pull off the Bond girl thing. Neither of these ladies seems deep enough to do it. :/ they’re both cute but more in a romantic comedy kind of kind of way.

  77. Patty Cake says:

    The Bond brand never appealed to me; it just isn’t something I think I can get into. I don’t really like having to choose between these 2 as they both seem pretentious. If I were to choose a blond Bond girl it would be an actress that would actually be good at acting. I think Jessica Chastain or Bryce Dallas Howard either is a good choice even though they’re not blond.

  78. KierneM says:

    Kristen Stewart.
    Do it for the lulz, Hollywood!

  79. lori says:

    hire the girl from leonardo dicaprio movie who did the nude scene.she was a very beautiful blonde woman,and i normally prefer brunettes but her…..yum

  80. Skye says:

    to both of these options, I say “more imagination, please.”