Is Daniel Craig right James Bond shouldn't be a woman?


Fact Box

  • British novelist Ian Fleming created the character of James Bond in his 1953 thriller Casino Royale and went on to write 12 more novels and a series of short stories based on the secret agent. Bond originated as a Cold War-era operative and “always used the latest gadgets, thwarted Soviet agents, brought international gangsters to justice, and inevitably bedded a beautiful woman.”
  • The role of M—James Bond’s boss and the head of MI6—was traditionally played by men in all of the James Bond movies until Dame Judi Dench assumed the role in 1995’s Goldeneye
  • As of September 2021, there have been 26 movies in the James Bond movie franchise, including the most recent No Time to Die starring Daniel Craig as 007.
  • James Bond has been portrayed in films by several different actors, including Barry Nelson, Sean Connery, David Niven, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig.

Ethan (No)

Young women need more role models to show them that they can be whatever they want to be—even a secret intelligence officer. In many films with a lead male character, the females play supporting roles for the men, often taking the form of love interests or sidekicks. Female-led action stars and flicks have been kicking butt in the box offices for over a decade: Kill Bill, Æon Flux, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Rogue One, Wonder Woman, and more recently, Black Widow, for example. Having a female James Bond will keep the movie series relevant with the times

James Bond is a fictional character, so it wouldn't be inaccurate to portray a female James Bond. The first name James is actually a unisex name, just like Alex, Blake, Drew, Morgan or Taylor. The hype around the Bond franchise isn't solely due to Bond being a man—it's the stories that accompany the name. Lashana Lynch, who stars alongside Daniel Craig in No Time To Die, said, 'At the end of the day, even if a two-year-old was playing Bond, everyone would flock to the cinema to see what this two-year-old's gonna do, no?'

Main characters have been 'gender-bent' (originally male characters are recast as female) in both TV and movie adaptations and remakes for years: Starbuck in Battlestar Gallactica, Dr. Watson in Sherlock-based Elementary, the Ancient One in Doctor Strange, and the all-female Ghostbusters. And while these characters have their own origins aside from just being gender-bent, Superman has Supergirl, Batman has Batgirl, and Spider-man has Spider-girl. While many of these roles aren't as popular as the originals, they led successful spin-off shows, such as the Supergirl and Batwoman series. Why? Because content creators know female audiences matter. 

Curtice (Yes) 

Bond, James Bond, is a man. Simply put, he was written as a man by Ian Fleming, the creator of the character and writer of fifteen James Bond novels. James Bond has become one of the most iconic characters in all of film history—as a man. Although several actors have taken on the role of James Bond, some better, some not as good, unsurprisingly all were men.

Iconic characters are iconic for a reason. Fleming wrote Bond as a man who enjoyed women, drinking, and gambling. He is the embodiment of masculinity and male swagger. Although Bond's womanizing has been toned down a bit in recent years, particularly since Daniel Craig took on the role, it is nonetheless an integral part of who the character is. The character would simply stop being James Bond if he were cast as a woman.

Not everything should bow down to the woke imperialism of the present day. If someone wants to create a female character like Bond, they are free to do so and already have, such as in Angelina Jolie's Salt. There is nothing wrong with strong female characters in action movies. In fact, they exist now, and many do quite well at the box office. Should Alien's Ellen Ripley be recast as Ethan Ripley? Would Little Women's Jo March be as compelling as a Joe? Could Star Wars’ Princess Leia become Prince Leo without completely reimagining the role? I think not. Men and women are not interchangeable in real life or in the fictional world (unless poorly written to begin with). Fortunately, the Bond producers agree that he should always remain a man.

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