“The name is Bond. James Bond. And I have a vagina. A man’s vagina.”
You may remember a while back that acclaimed black British actor Idris Elba was being bandied about in the press as the next James Bond. Nothing came of it.
Then a few months ago — as I covered here — there was a bit of talk over a female Bond.
Well, forget everything you know about James. Or spy movies. Or genitals.
A British actor is calling for the next operative in Her Majesty’s Secret Service — upon Daniel Craig’s quickly-approaching retirement from the role — to be transgender.
According to a big star of the small screen, the new Bond should be Hannah Graf, the British Army’s highest-ranking transgender soldier.
Hannah is a captain in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.
Speaking to The Sunday Times Magazine about Hannah, English actor Dominic West — known to millions for his role on Showtime’s The Affair and HBO’s hit The Wire — championed a cinematic revolution:
“She’s a beautiful blonde girl who could be Bond. That’s actually a brilliant idea. They should have a transgender Bond because there are a lot of transgender people in the army.”
I refer back to my previous article, wherein I said Brits tragically overuse the word “brilliant.”
Dominic met Hannah and his husband, actress Jake (who, conversely, is a woman presenting as a man), on the set of Dominic’s (and Jake’s) latest movie, Colette.
Hannah was sheepish in his response to British media over taking on the role:
“I don’t think I’m going to become an actress anytime soon…”
But he loved the idea:
“[T]here’s no reason why there shouldn’t be a transgender Bond. We’ve seen too many men in hero-type roles and women playing second fiddle.”
For now, as I reported in October, franchise runner Barbara Broccoli prefers a different approach:
“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.”
But as society evolves, who knows? You may one day be riveted in your cushy theater recliner to the ringing sounds of “Bond. James Bond. With a penis. A woman’s penis.”
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A British actor has suggested that the leading role should be taken by Hannah Graf, the highest-ranking transgender soldier in the army. Thoughts? https://t.co/pW9TN1Hkp0
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