^ Yes, The Hour was a good show but full of anachronistic references and expressions. I wasn't sure how much of a stretch the 'Moneypenny' joke was, I assumed that maybe the books were popular in 1950s Britain. And The Hour also featured Dominic West, who was also supposedly up for 007 last time round.
I think the Czech actor you referred to was actually the Croatian Goran Viznic of ER fame. IIRC, he was supposedly down to the last 4, along with Craig, Henry Cavill and someone else whose name escapes me right now. The last one always seemed a stretch because he was pushing 50 at the time.