After countless delays, on October 1 – I still find it hard to believe – ‘No time to die’ will finally be released, Agent 007’s brand new adventure directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga which, in addition, will mean the dismissal of Daniel Craig from a role that has accompanied him for the last fifteen years.
How could it be otherwise, an end of the cycle in James Bond’s cinematic adventures implies a barrage of speculation and pools about who will be chosen to put on the boots the designer shoes of the British spy. For the moment, who will take the witness remains a mystery, although, on this occasion, two potential alternatives have come into play that have raised the odd blister: black women and actors.
The future of Bond
But be careful, because Daniel Craig has scored a Bondsplaining and has explained why 007 shouldn’t be played by someone other than a Caucasian male. It was during a conversation with Radio Times magazine, in which he was asked about his collaboration with the screenwriter Phoebe Waller-Bridge and the possibility that a Jane bond take the reins in the next installments of the saga.
“The answer is very simple. There simply should be better roles for women and performers of color. Why should a woman play James Bond when there should be as good a role as James Bond, but for a woman?”
I will not go back into the mud to defend the nature of an adaptation and the null problem of the ethical change of gender or race in the vast majority of cases, but it must be recognized that Craig has managed to weather the storm triggered by a question that could have sparked a much less diligent response.
For my part, I can’t wait to get my hands on ‘No time to die’ and to discover who will be chosen – or chosen? – to carry double zero status. My kingdom to see Henry Cavill in an XXXL designer suit handing out bullets.