bitchy | The next James Bond ‘can be of any color, but he is male,’ says Barbara Broccoli
In Britain, it’s a national past time to dream-cast James Bond. Dream-casting 007 is such an easy story to write, it’s now an international story whenever someone says something about James Bond, or when a certain actor is “rumored” to be considered for Bond. It’s been a conversation, in earnest, for years now, especially when people thought Daniel Craig wouldn’t be coming back for Spectre, and then again when no one know if he would come back for No Time To Die, which comes out in April. NTTD is for-sure now, Daniel Craig’s absolute last outing as Bond. After that, it’s back to the drawing board.
That’s part of the reason why Variety put the Bond franchise on their new cover. The bulk of the cover story is about the two stewards of the franchise, Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson (they are half-siblings) and what they want for Craig’s last outing, and what they want for the future. It’s promotion for NTTD of course – they hype the new Bond Girls, Ana de Armas and Lashana Lynch, and the return of Lea Seydoux as Bond’s latest true love or whatever. You can read the full Variety piece here. Here’s the part that interested me:
On April 10, “No Time to Die,” Eon’s 25th Bond adventure, will hit U.S. theaters, representing a moment of both triumph and uncertainty for the series. It serves as the culmination of Daniel Craig’s critically acclaimed, massively successful five-film run as 007; this time, after threatening to turn his back on the series for years, the star is insistent that he is finally holstering Bond’s Walther PPK for good.
“I’m in total denial,” says Broccoli. “I’ve accepted what Daniel has said, but I’m still in denial. It’s too traumatic for me.”
Already, the media has begun speculating about who could step into Bond’s impeccably tailored tuxedo, with everyone from Idris Elba to Richard Madden finding himself at the center of chatter. Broccoli and Wilson insist they haven’t started to map out a post-Craig world; they’re focused on completing “No Time to Die,” an enormous, $250 million production. But they seem open to broadening the search beyond the usual suspects.
“You think of him as being from Britain or the Commonwealth, but Britain is a very diverse place,” Wilson says.
There are certain things the duo appears open to considering, and other conversations that are nonstarters, when it comes to selecting the next Bond. “He can be of any color, but he is male,” says Broccoli. “I believe we should be creating new characters for women — strong female characters. I’m not particularly interested in taking a male character and having a woman play it. I think women are far more interesting than that.”
I mean… at this point, I kind of agree, with stipulations. I agree with the general principle that Bond should be a man and that it probably wouldn’t work to suddenly make a female Bond within the existing franchise and framework. That being said, this is an entirely fictional world and honestly, why not. The idea of creating those female leads who kick ass and get to be super-spies and slay dudes in the bedroom and outside of the bedroom… it’s a beautiful dream and those roles should exist. But they rarely do exist, which is why the “female Bond” conversation happens. As for the other stuff… I take that to mean that Broccoli and Wilson will be open, in the casting process, to a lot of actors of color.
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