It the next couple of days don’t be surprised if Ralph Fiennes is attacked online by “woke Twitter” for comments he made about the future of Bond and if it should be played by a Black actor or a woman.
Both these questions have been the spark of conversation whenever there’s a new piece of Bond news or when talking about the post-Daniel Craig era.
When asked about the possibility of 007 played by a black actor and woman on BBC2’s Newsnight the British actor said there should be other action films to showcase their talents.
“I’d like to see a great black actor inhabit a Bond-like persona, but not necessarily in the same franchise. I think we could remake the idea of a Bond as a woman, or as an actor of any, of ethnicity in another vehicle.”
What Fiennes is saying is similar to what Eva Green, when speaking to Vanity Fair, and Rachel Weisz have said previously that Bond should stay a man and make a new spy action films/franchises.
Which is something Hollywood has been doing recently with Jennifer Gardner in Peppermint, Jennifer Lawrence’s Red Sparrow, Atomic Blonde with Charlize Theron and Paramount are releasing a female Bond film with the James Bond producers called The Rhythm Section starring Blake Lively.
Additionally, Elizabeth Banks is bringing back Charlie’s Angels with Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska (keep an eye for this name she’s going to be a star).
I loved Atomic Blonde and hope there’s a sequel and I can’t wait for Rhythm Section. I know this isn’t good enough but it’s a great start that highlights Bond doesn’t need to be female.
As for a black Bond, I think it’s time to have anyone of any ethnicity to play 007. I’ve been against Idris Elba playing the character because sadly his time has passed, but to me, he never felt like he would’ve had that “Bond-like persona”.
Plus he’s about to play an MI6 agent, a villainous one, in the Fast and Furious spin-off Hobbs and Shaw and look fucking badass.
Instead, the likes of David Oyelowo, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Daniel Kaluuya and John Boyega have that persona and would do a fantastic job especially Oyelowo.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.