I like Eric Bana. I really do. Even if he was miscast as Hector, and even if Ang Lee didn't give him much to do other than bug out his eyes and shake, I do remember walking away from Black Hawk Down noticing him in particular, much in the same way I left The Quick and the Dead years ago (while I was still working at a small talent agency) and rushed to check if Russell Crowe already had representation. (He did.)
But I have to say that Bana as the new James Bond, while not a foreseeable horrendous mistake like Hugh Grant would be, is an above-average choice at best, especially when compared to the other possibilities out there. I know I've already stated my Clive Owen preference, and really, I would prefer they end the series rather than miscast the role. I'm guessing they're leaning towards a slightly younger Bond (Bana is 35, Owen turns 40 this year) in the hopes of keeping one face on the franchise for longer, and I don't think Bana is necessarily too young for the role. And I would definitely leave open the possibility of a pleasant surprise resulting from his casting. Still, if this comes to pass, it's a less exciting and interesting choice than someone with the dark complexities of Owen.
(Thanks to DeckerSyn for the link to The Guardian piece.)
UPDATED: It seems that DeckerSyn has become my own personal Bond scout. Later in the day, he sent me a link to this story on comingsoon.net which forcefully uses it's headline to claim "Eric Bana is not the next 007." It's good to know it's not a done deal; but stories like the first one don't pop up in a vacuum, and I'm sure Bana is probably under heavy consideration.