The Men Who’ve Played Mandela

In any other year, the British actor Idris Elba would be on the short list of possible Best Actor nominees for his towering performance in the new film Nelson Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Tracing Nelson Mandela’s life from his start as a 1950s apartheid opponent through his long imprisonment to his ultimate rise as president of South Africa, Elba displays a range as wide as the experience of the man he portrays. But this is the year of Chewitel …

The Men Who Would Be Bond

In my review for the latest James Bond spectacle, Skyfall, I celebrate the fact that after a couple of dark, moody outings, the Bond Franchise is finally rediscovering its fun side. After all, it was Commander Bond’s casual combination of flippant humor and deadly force that made him irresistable-a quality that all too many would-be imitators discovered all too late. Over the past five decades, lots of dashing actors have aspired to follow in James Bond’s dapper Church slip-on shoes …