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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

In recent years, there’s been a lot of conversation regarding the future of the James Bond character. On the heels of the disappointing Spectre, it was expected that Daniel Craig would be calling it quits as the 007 agent. But who would take his place?

Rumors went swirling about countless actors that included Tom Hiddleston and Idris Elba. Elba’s name then brought into question whether or not the character needed to be white, or whether he needed to be a he at all. Could James Bond, in fact, be female?

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Well, there’s one actress who thinks he should hold on to his cojones, and it’s none other than Rachel Weisz. Speaking with The Telegraph, Weisz said:

“[Ian Fleming] devoted an awful lot of time to writing this particular character, who is particularly male and relates in a particular way to women. Why not create your own story rather than jumping on to the shoulders and being compared to all those other male predecessors? Women are really fascinating and interesting and should get their own stories.”

I actually couldn’t agree more. While I don’t necessarily have a problem with there being a female Bond (I’ve admittedly never been the biggest fan of the films in general), she makes some great points. At the end of the day, the character is very much the embodiment of masculinity in many ways. Rather than try to shift that into a female version, why not just create an all-new franchise around a female agent?

What do you think of Weisz’s comments? Do you agree that James Bond is better left as a dude? let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: The Telegraph

  • Danny B

    Couldn’t agree more with what she said. The same can be said for all books and comics etc. Rather than just swap the sex and/or colour, going against most of what the writers created, just create interesting female, black, purple, transgender or whatever characters and tell their story.

    • Brafdorf

      In regards to comics though, Marvel constantly swaps gender/race/sexual orientation of established characters.
      While comic characters generally return to their origin, they’re free to change them for any given story arc. I don’t know why everyone loses their shit when those characters change in films too.

      • Danny B

        Thats fair. However not everyone that enjoys these films is necessarily a comic book ‘person’. They have a fondness and/or familiarity with a particular iteration of a character that was perhaps the most popular at their time.
        Comics also have a much longer life, the writers need to keep things fresh over longer periods of time and to reflect the world as it is around them.
        I completely agree with you though, i guess i’m just tired of changing things for the sake of it.
        Hulk needs to be green…no need to make him rainbow colored right? 😉

        • jonathing

          grey hulk was the best

  • Rad4Cap

    ” Rather than try to shift that into a female version, why not just create an all-new franchise around a female agent?”

    Because the PURPOSE is to co-opt the prior works – to fundamentally transform them rather than leave that “masculine” work intact. Such deconstruction and repudiation is the preaching and practicing of post-modernism – both philosophically and artistically. It is defacement as a means of devaluing and destroying prior philosophic themes (in form and content) in favor of new, opposing themes. It is “cultural realignment” by means of taking art which people love and distorting it to serve a new paradigm – a different “culture” – reflecting a different philosophy entirely.

    That is why they don’t try to create a “female version” (of which there have been countless already – “Salt” anyone?).

    The goal here is the ‘transfiguring’ of works of art into tools of outright philosophic propaganda and counter-“programming”. It is akin to what the Christian Church did to “appropriate” and transform the art and customs of pagan cultures (especially their winter traditions) into symbols of Christianity instead.

    The wikipedia description of post-modernism – and what it is attacking – is a sufficient identification of the philosophic battlefront here:

    “While encompassing a broad range of ideas, postmodernism is typically defined by an attitude of skepticism, irony, or rejection toward grand narratives, ideologies, and various tenets of universalism, including objective notions of reason, human nature, social progress, moral universalism, absolute truth, and objective reality. Instead, postmodern thinkers may assert that claims to knowledge and truth are products of social, historical or political discourses or interpretations, and are therefore contextual or socially constructed. Accordingly, postmodern
    thought is broadly characterized by tendencies to epistemological and moral relativism, pluralism, irreverence, and self-referentiality.”

    That is the nature and the object of the attack here. That is why they seek to REPLACE the male Bond with a female Bond, rather than create their own characters. ELIMINATING the male Bond – REMAKING Bond in THEIR philosophic image – is the GOAL.

    This is the new “Cultural Revolution” – one engaged in very OLD tactics: tearing down the idols of the evil it seeks to overthrow.

  • Lenin1959

    Lindsay Lohan is… Jane Bond.

    If you want to finally kill off James Bond after more than 50 years, you can go all in and do it right. Hooray Hollywood!

  • jonathing

    just incorporate a few OO females into the storyline to get jane bond out of everyones system

  • Kronx

    I think the solution is simple.

    Bond, Inc.

    A group of 5 young adults representing the rich tapestry of diversity on our planet, are trained as agents. They are Group B-14. As they face an evil shadow organization, they soon discover they all share the same father, James Bond, as did the previous 13 groups…

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.