The thing is, this is 2019 and absolutely nothing is as simple as it used to be – expect for sharing files over a certain size – so it’s not enough that the new Bond is a like-for-like replacement; they need to have something new and progressive about them.
I want to make clear that I’m absolutely not against a black Bond, with one of my chosen successors being Gary Carr, but I can’t help but think the film studios stance on these things are more than slightly insidious.
The Bond films have has the same production team for decades now. If they really cared about being progressive, rather than just appealing to new ‘woke’ culture, they’d have dome something about it years ago.
With this in mind, the idea of a female Bond is being pushed by, I wouldn’t say the public, but certainly the press, trying to get a rise out of easily annoyed people.
There’s already speculation that Lashana Lynch – the woman playing the new 007 when Bond retires – will take over the franchise after Craig leaves, but Game of Thrones actor Emilia Clarke had put her name in the ring.
Sure, it was more of an offhand remark in an interview with Empire, but when asked whether she’d take the role, she said:
“Yeah! Of course! Hell to the yeah! James Bond is one of those franchises where it’s never not cool.
“You could literally make the naffest James Bond in the world and it would still be cool.”
For anyone who isn’t familiar with the term “naff” or “naffest” (Americans), it essentially means bad/sh*t/lame.
Speaking of Lynch’s new role in the film, an inside “source” told the Daily Mail:
“There is a pivotal scene at the start of the film where M says, ‘Come in 007,’ and in walks Lashana who is black, beautiful and a woman.
“It’s a popcorn-dropping moment. Bond is still Bond, but he’s been replaced as 007 by this stunning woman.
“Bond, of course, is sexually attracted to the new female 007 and tries his usual seduction tricks, but is baffled when they don’t work on a brilliant, young black woman who basically rolls her eyes at him and has no interest in jumping into his bed. Well, certainly not at the beginning.”
I’m sure it would have been a “popcorn-dropping moment”, had this person not just told us every twist to expect, but there you go; that’s film-promotion in the 21st century.
To be honest, it sounds like it’s this “source” who’s more “sexually attracted” to Lynch than Bond. Honestly, the way they talk about Bond, I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re like the assistant to the runner.
They also seem to accidentally confirm that Léa Seydoux’s Madeleine will either be dead or out of Bond’s life though, as I doubt he would have tried it on with the new 007 if he was still with her. He’s a womaniser, but he gave up killing the one man who ruined his entire life for the love of Madeleine.
Images via MGM, Sony
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