Not that long ago, the idea of a Trump Presidency would have seemed like nothing more than a bad 007 movie plot. It seems as if the screenwriters of the past six Bond films, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, have felt the same way.
In an interview with The Telegraph, Purvis said,“I’m just not sure how you would go about writing a James Bond film now,” before adding:
“Each time, you’ve got to say something about Bond’s place in the world, which is Britain’s place in the world. But things are moving so quickly now, that becomes tricky. With people like (U.S. President Donald) Trump, the Bond villain has become a reality. So when they do another one, it will be interesting to see how they deal with the fact that the world has become a fantasy.”
While this quote will certainly be divisive among Americans, it is true that Trump fits the archetype seen in past Bond films, if only for his external qualities. In addition to his theatrical character and reality-TV like nature, he is also extraordinarily wealthy with a taste for the bizarre.
It’s important that Americans don’t view the President as a “Bond villain,” but the point that Purvis brought up is rather interesting. How exactly do you continue to mix reality with fantasy when the outlandish seems to already be happening?
There is still no official word on what “Bond 25” will be, or even if Daniel Craig will reprise his role again. Regardless, it wouldn’t be too much of a surprise to see some clear allusions to what is going on in the real world when it eventually does debut.
Purvis and Wade are currently promoting their BBC miniseries SS-GB, which posits the question: What would the United Kingdom look like if the Nazis had won the Battle of Britain in WWII?
Source: Screenrant (via The Telegraph)