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Barbara Broccoli has already said Bond will always be male.
Is it too early to say I hate Florence Pugh? I haven’t even seen her in a movie that I’m aware of. And I’m already sick of her.
I’m not a fan either.
She was irritating as hell in Midsommar, but good in Fighting With My Family. Haven’t seen her in anything else.
In fairness, I think she was *supposed* to be irritating as hell in Midsommar. And she was great at it, really pulled that off. Genuinely irritating and clingy-frightening for anyone who’s been through that.
“Black Widow,” “Little Women.”
Oh Gosh. How provocative.
Look, look, everyone! K. Bowen is being PROVOCATIVE!
There is no need to replace male icons with females. It’s stupid. No one will go see it and no one will care. Make a different movie.
Agreed . Peter Dinklage has my vote. Or Crispin Glover.
I think we should cast Billy Porter.
“A seasoned action director recently insisted to me that effective movie fighting is all about balance and agility and Thai combat techniques, etc. Whatever, man.”
And men are significantly more coordinated than women. Sheez.
This conversation is pointless as there won’t be or shouldn’t be any female Bond. People will get mad. They’ll go for a white or maybe a black guy at most. You don’t mess with this franchise. It’s extremely popular and they know they can’t mess with it too much. And some things really should not change very much.
I think they should remake La Femme Nikita though, maybe with Jodie Comer and see if they can make a franchise out of it.
She’s talented and audiences like her from Killing Eve.
Bond should stay male and there is no serious reason to explore another option. Just spin-off and create a female double O in the same universe. All of this online speculation is just nonsense.
My vote is for Stevie Little. Have a Bond who gets his ass kicked, strikes out with every woman, and, in the end, fails to save the world, thus ending it. Call the movie Remember The Future.
What about Peter Dinklage? He would elevate the material.
You never know, he could rise to the challenge.
Riz Ahmed would be utterly inspired. Guy has charisma on top of charisma.
Oh come on, he’s a terrific actor but definitely not a charismatic movie star.
He’s a terrific actor but he looks like he’d have trouble fighting Q.
Voting for Idris…still.
No actor has ever started playing Bond in his 50s.
The fundamental problem with casting the next Bond is that Idris Elba is so damn right for the part and no one else comes close. He has the swagger, charisma, sex appeal, physicality and wit.
… he’s just too old. You don’t replace a 53 year-old with a 49 year-old.
The time he could and should have been considered was for “Casino Royale” and it’s sad that he never got that chance. Of the final eight candidates at the time, it feels like we dodged several bullets when Craig was cast, but Elba should have been among that list.
The positive that has come out of these unfortunate circumstances is that no one can credibly say he isn’t a Bond type when the likes of Julian McMahon, Alex O’Loughlin and Sam Worthington auditioned. He is 10000000000000% more Bond on his worst day than any of those candidates dressed to the nines.
Broccoli has subsequently suggested that Bond will remain a male, but can be played by non-white actors. That’s a good thing, but it’s still sad that Elba never got a proper chance.
Of current candidates, I’d say only performers in their 30s are credible candidates: James Norton, Callum Turner, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Regé-Jean Page, Nicholas Hoult, Jack O’Connell, Jack Lowden, Daniel Kaluuya, George MacKay. Lowden strikes me as the best fit in terms of talent, looks, voice and personal qualities, although Kaluuya would give an interesting take. He’s a fine and very charismatic actor with an edge, and can be playfully smooth and dangerous.
But most of these candidates make skinny, “The Living Daylights”-era Pierce Brosnan look like Connery in his prime. It’s no surprise that Broccoli and Wilson held onto Craig for as long as they did.
The tricky thing about Bond being something other than an ethnic Brit is that the character was conceived as a continuation of British global power at a time when the Empire was coming to an end — that’s the core fantasy behind the character — and having Bond be a descendant of one of the colonized peoples could have profound implications for his relationships with non-Brits down the road. It would represent a completely different political dynamic than what the Bond franchise has represented to date, and I’m not sure the writers are up to the task of handling that with any insight or sensitivity.
The character has already have changed and developed from the Fleming material.
Whoever the actor that Broccoli, Wilson, the director and Amazon chooses, the producers are going to tailor that incarnation to the performer’s strengths and interests. Whatever you may think of the films, they really did put the effort into hiring playwrights, Oscar-winners, sought-after filmmakers and past collaborators of Craig.
Whether the next Bond is a Jack Lowden or a Regé-Jean Page or a James Norton, they are going to work closely to find what elements suit the actor. In the case of someone like Page, that will involve race … but it shouldn’t only involve race.
James Bond is a white British ladies man spy. That’s what he is. It’s doubtful any of that could change under normal circumstances. It definitely can’t right now without losing a significant bit of the audience.
And no one wants women to star in action movies besides Hollywood wokesters. And even they don’t. They just want to take down men.
Yeah, and the Fleming Bond openly pines for the return of the British Empire, regrets the emergence of sex equality and calls Koreans “apes” etc. Should we bring back those elements?
Also Q isn’t really a character but an amalgam of different people from the novels. Do we get rid of him, too?
We’ve never had a fully Fleming Bond onscreen. Not even the Connery version was true to Fleming. The major voice for screen Bond is Richard Maibaum and he is VERY different than Fleming. The films have ALWAYS picked and chosen what they want from Fleming.
The screen character is modern and the franchise evolves. All the actor can be expected to do is capture the essence: his toughness, charm, Britishness and wit.
None of those are white qualities.
They may have already gone the route of “Mission Impossible”.
The central spy character stays the same but the central character is accompanied by other spies of different gender and color as a team.
People keep running stories like this, for clicks I guess, but the Broccolis said literally a week ago that Bond would always be male. But feel free to flaps your lips pointlessly.
Half the women in my life want the Bridgerton guy. Just a data point, fwiw. I can’t remember the guy’s name, not sure if I’ve seen him in anything.
But it seems like he might be someone who needs the Broccoli family more than they need him, which would have to be welcome at this point.
I haven’t seen the show, but there’s certainly a Brosnan/”Remington Steele” aura around the guy.
I don’t know if guys respect him yet (because guys hate all pretty boys), but he’s getting action roles and, if he can deliver in those projects, he’s got a really strong chance.
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