We’re at a point in time where gender equality and inclusion are constant conversation. Heck, just look back at the recent Academy Awards and Oscar winner Frances McDormand discussing inclusion riders. We’ve had a female Ghostbusters. We had a female Ocean’s film. Comic book adaptations want more female faces in light of the success of programs like Supergirl and Jessica Jones on the network side and Wonder Woman on the big screen. The future is apparently female. How grand, right? Well, let’s bring our attention over to James Bond.
For a while now, the question of whether there would ever be a female James Bond has been a constant question. But more than that, why just a female Bond? Why not a James Bond who is a person of color? After all, people have been vying for Idris Elba to be the next 007. But that’s not the case. In the meantime, you have films like Atomic Blonde which, admittedly, is a blend of James Bond and John Wick, but there’s that. However, there’s still been no female James Bond. And according to one executive producer of the franchise, don’t expect that to change the way it soon will for the likes of Doctor Who.
Barbara Broccoli, an executive producer on the 007 franchise, said, very bluntly, that James Bond is male and will remain as such.
“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.”
Well, yeah, pretty much. Why change a gender when it’s unnecessary for the storyline instead of just, and run with me on this, crafting female characters within the world of James Bond? Seems like a no-brainer, right? And Broccoli noted that based on the era in which James Bond originated, there are things in Bond’s DNA that would not permit a female James Bond:
“But look at the way the world has changed. And I think Bond has come through and transformed with the times. I’ve tried to do my part, and I think particularly with the Daniel [Craig] films, they’ve become much more current in terms of the way women are viewed.”
And indeed, unless Daniel Craig intends to put on a wig and dress for the next Bond film, chances are moviegoers shouldn’t expect the next Bond to have a female as the protagonist. What do you think, though? With so much talk of gender and inclusion dominating the conversation, should there just never be a female James Bond? Let us know in the comments below.
The most recent James Bond film, Spectre, is available now on Digital HD, Blu-Ray, and DVD.
Source: The Guardian