Over the course of 50+ years, Eon Productions has produced twenty-four 007 films. In that time, James Bond has been recast multiple times and in 2006’s Casino Royal, Daniel Craig became the latest in a long string of men to play the iconic role. When he came onto the scene, Bond was portrayed as darker, angrier and far less rapey. Sadly, Craig has stated that he’s about ready to move on from the role which means that, once again, we’re getting a brand-spanking new Bond.
That’s a mistake. Over the course of three films (I’ve yet to see Spectre so NO SPOILERS), the filmmakers have worked hard to reimagine the master spy; Quantum of Solace, for all the complaints lobbed at it, was built on these funny things Bond had developed after almost half a century: feelings. He shed that misogynisticness that made him a feminist’s worst nightmare. And he’s so not perfect.
He’s not your grandpappy's 007.
With Craig ready to hand in his license to kill, I’d rather see a new character fill the 007 sized hole than have a new James Bond. Just think of the possibilities!
Imagine M’s grandson (Brendan Meyer, Logan Lerman or Daniel Radcliff, anyone?) refuses to accept MI6’s official stance on the late director’s death. He could be hunting for the truth while Bond (yeah, gonna need Craig for one more outing) is out stopping terrorists – and maybe finding that damn harddrive from Skyfall – and, instead of MI6 throwing him in prison, take the angry boy on as a future agent.
Maybe Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) could change her mind and go into the field as the new 007? Perhaps someone like, say, Helen Mirren would like to run around shooting baddies? What about Halle Berry!? Or any other kick ass actress would want to really redefine the 007 franchise! Its 2015, y’all. No reason the world’s most celebrated spy-number can’t belong to a girl.
… or, really, anyone not white like all the others. I can totes see Denzel Washington or Anthony Mackie or Ian Anthony Dale shooting baddies and saving the queen, can't you? There’s no law stating the next 007 needs to be white. So why not open those options on up? Again, it's bloody 2015!
A NEW DAY, A NEW 007
Now I know many of these actors aren’t British but that shouldn’t stop the wheels from turning. Casino Royale reinvigorated the franchise. Now let’s see it brought to an even higher level of awesome.
Also, M’s not dead. But that's a rant for another day.