Obviously Bond is an old hand at changing leading men, so it would probably be unfair to make that aspect part of this incredibly serious and scientific judgement process.
So, we're going to directly compare the current headliners of the Bond / Bourne franchises instead.
Which means it's Daniel Craig Vs. Jeremy Renner:
This does slightly complicate things, as technically what we're doing here is Bond Vs. Cross, but that's not quite as catchy.
It's probably the same reason they didn't retitle the franchise
The Cross Legacy
. Either that or the studio was worried people would think it was an
But we're starting to bang on more than a Bond villain. Let's get back on track.
Daniel Craig is arguably the best Bond of all time. But don't take our word for it, here's what Roger Moore had to say.
“I think he’s going to end up being the best Bond. What an actor!”
Meanwhile, Matt Damon hasn't specifically commented on Jeremy Renner, but Renner's said the following about Damon…
“I feel like he’s taking a break, and I’m doing something that is a little side-track.”
“I had a brief conversation with him, and told him I was crazy about the idea of working with him in some way, whether it was within this series or something else.
“I don’t know if we’ll be able to do something like that. We could be adversaries or something, but that’s not my decision to have.”
Damon spoke recently on the subject, and it appears he's turned down Renner's advances.
"I've always been open to it as long as Paul Greengrass directs, I don't think he's going to do it," the actor explained. "From what I understand, ['
The Bourne Legacy
'] relives ['
The Bourne Ultimatum
'] from a different perspective.
Because they use ['
'] actors and characters, [that means] that whatever they said is true and we'd have to acknowledge it in any Bourne movie that we'd do. And that makes it really tough."
We thought Renner was perfectly capable in Legacy. But he didn't exactly blow the world away, as Craig did in
We'll have to wait and see if the next installment of the Bourne franchise establishes Aaron Cross as an icon in his own right.