You know how you’ve always wanted to see a chick run through a city, steal a motorcycle, race through alleys, commandeer a convertible, wreck it horrifically, hop a train, leap from car to car, wear cool suits, bed down random dudes with sexual names, and for two hours, drink booze and beat up an endless number of 220-pound men, any one of whom — in real life — would effortlessly and immediately snap her little 90-pound actress frame like a twig?
Well, you’re probably gonna see a whole lot of most of that for the rest of your life at the movies; but it’ll never be in a James Bond flick. At least, not concerning the title character.
So says Barbara Broccoli, heir to the Bond movie franchise.
Daniel Craig is making his last Bond film — #25 in the series — having begun shooting this month.
Who’s next? Social justice warriors — aka people who think dumb stuff is the coolest if it takes a shot at the white patriarchy — would love to see a woman play the iconic spy in Her Majesty’s service. But speaking to The Guardian, Barbara said nope:
“Bond is male. He’s a male character. He was written as a male and I think he’ll probably stay as a male. And that’s fine. We don’t have to turn male characters into women. Let’s just create more female characters and make the story fit those female characters.”
Possibly to the disappointment of some, Broccoli explained that she’s tried to make Bond girls less of the purely sexual object variety:
“I’ve tried to do my part, and I think particularly with the Daniel films, they’ve become much more current in terms of the way women are viewed.”
Hollywood isn’t a place much known for its great decisions, so let’s give Broccoli a hand for keeping things levelheaded — James Bond is a man, in a hundred different ways; no reason to give him a sex change. For a few other great examples of sanity vs Tinseltown, check out these three articles of mine.
Now that we know Chelsea Handler, Hillary Clinton, and Christine Blasey Ford are out, who will be the next Bond?
Who do you think would make a great one? Who’s been your favorite so far? Also, what are your most ridiculous instances of small women beating up large men in film? Share your thoughts with us all, in the Comments section.
When Daniel Craig was first named, I hated the idea. To me, his look was all wrong; it wasn’t the debonair appearance I was used to (Pierce Brosnan). However, I quickly came to appreciate Craig very much. In fact, I may pick him as my favorite. As for who I think may make #26 great, I don’t think it should be someone who’s already well-established. In lieu of any actor, I’m nominating RedState’s streiff. He knows a lot, he’s masterfully skilled, and he kills it daily like a man with a license.
By the way, I highly recommend the fantastic Bond documentary Everything or Nothing.
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