A woman 00.
People been calling for an African American to play 007 or a woman to play 007.
Looks like someone going to get what they have been asking for.
They gave Bond a 00 partner who is African and a woman.
I don't have any problem with it as long as it's not 007.
007 is written in the book as Caucasian.
All the other 00s can be martian for all I care as long as 007 James Bond stays true to it's literary character.
That was my reaction when I first heard that suggestion several months ago. But then I got to thinking and decided that not only could it work, but it could be very useful and easily explained without
making it a pc thing. Let me preface it by saying I stole it from "Casino Royale". But not the one starring Daniel Craig.
Idris Elba (since that seems to be the most common name floated in the proposition) enters M's outer office and Moneypenny says, "Good morning, agent Smythe (or whatever). He's (or whatever) waiting for you. Go right in."
Agent Smythe enters the inner office and M stands and walks over, shakes his hand and says, "Good morning, 007." Smythe looks confused and says, "Sir?" M tells him to sit down and says, "What I'm about to tell you has the highest
security. Only a few people in The Service know it."
"One hundred and xx years ago, during the Boer War, there was a spy who was absolutely amazing. Whatever the task, whatever the odds, he succeeded. (Insert some incredible mission here, preferably including Winston Churchill). A little over a decade later he once again was our most valuable agent during The Great War, as it was then known. He even recommended against
the operation that became the Gallipoli fiasco. That agent's name was James Bond.
"When WWII broke out Churchill remembered this remarkable agent and sought him out. Unfortunately Bond declined the invitation, saying that time had worn heavily on him and he felt he would not be up to the task. So Churchill offered him a position as the controller of a special SOE squad, which he would personally train and oversee, to which he agreed. Sometimes these agents would work in teams, sometimes individually helping out local resistance fighters. At first they were referred to as "Bond's Boys", but that eventually evolved to just "Bond's". An unexpected side benefit of so many Bonds was that the Germans were completely confused by it all. Even more so when "Bond" kept showing up, no matter how many times they thought they'd captured one.
"After the war ended it was recognized by The Service that the seeming immortality of "Bond" could be a useful tool in the espionage intensive Cold War, and one of my predecessors suggested continuing the practice. He realized though that having multiple "Bonds" would not escape the Soviet Union's notice for long and so he decided to have just one. And as that one was...shall we say...unable to continue, the agent with the most distinguished service record would take on the mantle. And now that's you."
This would make it possible to cast whomever the producers want as Bond, regardless of race, gender, or nationality. Many of the British Empire's former colonies still have emotional ties, and Bond could be recruited from any of them. It would also explain Connery-Lazenby-Moore-Connery-Moore-Dalton-Brosnan-Craig...they've all been that "next man up". AND it would allow any kind of transitional send-off. "Bond" could go out in a blaze of glory (which is how I think they should start it if they did this, because it would lead to a real OH SH*T moment when "Bond" dies in the opening action sequence), or he could be the one to say, "Good morning, 007" when Smythe enters M's office and they explain that he's simply retired. So many possibilities.
And besides, they've already moved way
beyond the books.
but I have a soft spot for the sleazy suaveness of Roger Moore. He's my favorite.
Moore certainly had that intangible on-screen gravitas as Bond but the films themselves haven't really aged well in my opinion due to the tongue-in-cheek vibe in many of the scenes. By today's standards they seem a bit campy.
By today's standards only the most recent don't
seem campy. Not to worry, though. In ten or twenty years they will.
LGBT community has also been calling for Bond to be gay and to be played by a gay actor.
At the risk of being called homophobic (and getting this moved to PWEC), then all straight characters should be played by straight actors.
Many gay actors, over the years, have played very
non-gay characters. Rock Hudson immediately springs to mind. David Hyde Pierce (whose character of "Niles Crane" was insanely in love with Jane Leeves's "Daphne") and Dan Butler (whose character of "Bulldog" was insanely in lust with...well...nearly every female character on the show, EVER) were both on the show "Frazier", and Hyde Pierce won four Emmys for it.
I'm all for equality, but equality that doesn't go both ways is NOT equal.