The name is Bond, James Bond. The name that makes all evil do’ers cringe and all women shiver. James Bond is a household name for generations that have passed and generations to come. In 2015, we are celebrating 50 years of Ian Fleming’s creation of the British secret agent, who has managed to steal the hearts of many women and save the Queen and the rest of the world on countless occasions. Q always equipped him with the cleverest gadgets and the coolest rides like the Aston Martin Vanquish he drove in “Die Another Day ” He always managed to snag the most beautiful women in all of these movies like the gorgeous Halle Berry as Jinx in Die Another Day or the flawless Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore in GoldFinger. This just goes to show that without a doubt James Bond is a Debonaire DoucheBag.
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Being that the theme music to James Bond is the ringtone on my phone and I own every James Bond movie ever released, a family heirloom passed from my father to myself, I would like to call myself an expert on this topic. Over the years, different actors have played 007; but, the gentlemen that are primarily associated with Commander Bond are Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan and, now, Daniel Craig. As we all know, these gentlemen are all British actors selected to continue the legacy that is Double O seven.
If you asked me, I would tell you Daniel Craig was not a good selection for the role because he lacked the charisma and the sheer smoothness that his predecessors, Brosnan and Connery, shared. Being that Daniel Craig’s contract may soon come to a close , it is time to begin vetting a new James and the world’s eyes are on one of the UK’s biggest acting talents, Idris Elba. Of course, the character of James Bond has always been a white English man; but, when there was speculation that Idris Elba was possibly going to play the role in the new movie, some controversy was sparked.
The new author of the James Bond Story, Anthony Horowitz, was asked in an interview if Idris Elba would play a good James Bond. His response:
“For me, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the part. It’s not a color issue. I think he is probably a bit too ‘street’ for Bond. Is it a question of being suave? Yeah.”
Street? What exactly does street mean? It felt like he wanted to say “ghetto” or “hood”, which have negative connotations behind them. Well, of course, the world didn’t like his comment and expressed their opinion on it. Horowitz, later on, apologized on Twitter saying he didn’t mean to offend anyone and that “street” was a poor choice word.
With all being said, I believe the Fleming’s legacy, James Bond, needs to be portrayed eloquently and respectfully at all times. The next Bond does not have to be Idris Elba; but, the gentlemen that is selected needs to capture all of the original characteristics that Ian and his directing cast had originally gone to create back in 1965. Daniel Craig did a satisfactory job with his last 2 films; hopefully, he can take it home in “Spectre” that comes out this Friday November 6th, 2015!