Who should play the next James Bond once actor Daniel Craig hangs up his bow tie? This is a question fans have been asking since before the release of Spectre, the latest (underwhelming) entry in the long-running franchise, and there have been some interesting trends in the conversation. No longer do fans seem to be looking at the most obvious white male choices, but some more diverse options.
Of course, the go-to guy is Idris Elba, indicating that many are open to a black Bond, but there have even been discussions of a female Bond. But is this really what fans want? Are they really open to shaking up the decades-long formula? Well, the folks over at Morning Consultant went around asking that very question, and the results they had were interesting.
Contrary to what the internet chatter would have you believe, it doesn’t look like most fans are down with the change — at least not based on the sample size of their study. According to the 2,086 adults in the U.S. that were asked about changing up the tried-and-true Bond formula, 51% of them stated that they should change nothing for the franchise going forward.
Only two in five want to see a Hispanic, Asian, Female, or gay Bond, which isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement. But things break down pretty interestingly when more specific. For example, despite that relatively low number, 61% of those asked supported the idea of Idris Elba taking on the role, which doesn’t quite line up with that three in five. You can also check out the different breakdowns of their data HERE.
All in all, what this tells me is that when asked about the idea of diversity, most fans will tend to prefer the status quo, but when given a specific solid substitution, regardless of race or sex, they tend to be more likely to say yes. But what do you think? Let us know your own Bond thoughts down below!
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SOURCE: Morning Consult