In the latest Bond film Spectre, where the master spy searches out Spectre, an international terror organisation, we see Daniel Craig as James Bond for the fourth time.

Sorry, die-hard fans, but we’re going, “Again?” Don’t get us wrong – he is a perfectly competent Bond — but we’re so ready to see an Asian actor take the role already! Ditto the Bond girl.

Besides, Asian actresses might just make the best heroines anyway. Case in point: Michelle Yeoh, who played Chinese secret agent Wai Lin in 1997’s Tomorrow Never Dies, received wide acclaim for her role in the series. In 2010, Entertainment Weekly ranked her as the seventh best Bond girl, calling this “savvy Chinese agent” one of the few “women of colour to match wits with 007” and “the first one you could take seriously”.

Here are five Asian artistes we think should play Bond or the Bond girl:

Chow Yun-Fat

Chow Yun-Fat. (Photo: www.norwaytoday.info)

Chow Yun-Fat (Photo: www.norwaytoday.info)

We don’t have to tell you who he is, do we? This “aunty killer”, also affectionately called Fat Gor in his native Hong Kong, is a legend. In his breakout role, he played high-ranking gangster Mark (or Mark Gor, as he is still fondly known to fans) in John Woo’s 1986 hit A Better Tomorrow. That sealed the deal for Chow as a superstar. He went on to act in other action movies, and also comedies and romantic blockbusters – proof of his versatility as one of Asia’s best actors. And of course, who can forget him as Captain Sao Feng in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End?

Chow as Bond would be an older, more matured version who, on one hand, kicks ass, and on the other, show a more sensitive, emotional side. Bonus: His wife, Jasmine Tan, is Singaporean – so that, erm, makes us relatives?

Jackie Chan

Jackie Chan in Police Story (2013) (Photo: http://www.hdwallpaperscool.com)

Jackie Chan in Police Story (2013) (Photo: http://www.hdwallpaperscool.com)

Jackie Chan is another Asian legend, this time in the Chinese martial arts film genre. Chan is famous for his innovative stunts, which the trained martial artist does himself, and his comedic timing. He also has the pedigree, having worked as a stuntman in Bruce Lee’s films, acting alongside Lee. Besides successful Hong Kong films such as the Police Story series, Chan has also enjoyed tremendous success in Hollywood (think Rumble in the Bronx and Rush Hour).

In real life, he is the epitome of a stern Chinese father – he is super no-nonsense with son Jaycee – and also, a bit of a seducer (an extra-marital affair with an actress and ex-beauty queen resulted in the birth of his daughter). Ahem, a Casanova just like Bond…

Donnie Yen

Donnie Yen (Photo: http://theactionelite.com)

Donnie Yen (Photo: http://theactionelite.com)

Not only is this good looker a trained martial artist, he is a multiple world wushu tournament champion. In recent years, the action star has played a big part in the popularisation of Wing Chun, a form of traditional Chinese martial arts. He played Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man in the 2008 film Ip Man, which was a box office success. Apparently, the eldest son of Ip Man, Ip Chun, had said that he was grateful to Yen for making his family’s art popular again. We think Yen as Bond can be the first to ditch the sophisticated weapons and beat the bad guys with just his bare hands.

Zhang Ziyi

Zhang Ziyi (Photo: latinpost.com)

Zhang Ziyi (Photo: latinpost.com)

There were rumours of the Hero-ine being in talks to play the next Bond girl, but those were, sadly, false. We say make it real already. After all, Zhang, considered one of China’s most successful actresses, has the acrobatic skills for it. She broke into the international scene with her role as a wandering swordswoman in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and a blind fighter in House of the Flying Swordsman. Oh, and she does look so good on the arm of James “Pierce Brosnan” Bond, as we saw in a viral Visa commercial in 2003.

Maggie Cheung

Maggie Cheung (Photo: cloudpix.co)

Maggie Cheung (Photo: cloudpix.co)

One of the most accomplished and beautiful Chinese actresses to date, Cheung is an international thespian. She can speak fluent Cantonese, Mandarin, English and French, making her perfect for the role of a female spy alongside 007. Cheung, given “flower vase” roles in her youth, is an amazing character actor, and has starred in Hero, 2046, In the Mood for Love and most recently, in Clean. As Emily Wang in Clean, she became the first Asian actress to win a prize at the Cannes Film Festival. She has largely stopped acting, but surely a chance to play the iconic Bond girl would lure her back to the big screen?

Spectre poster (Photo: Golden Village)

Spectre poster (Photo: Golden Village)

Well, as we await an Asian Bond or Bond girl, James Bond in Spectre gets himself into an interesting situation. He seeks out Madeleine Swann (Lea Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of Spectre. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot. Soon, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks, played by Christoph Waltz.

Spectre opens in cinemas on November 5.

Sources: www.ew.com, www.kungfumagazine.com, www.festival-cannes.com, en.wikipedia.org