Who Is Going To Be The Next 007?
Imagine watching a female James Bond seducing men and kicking butt? Of course her name wouldn't be "James". How about Jamie Bond? Perhaps it would be weird to see a woman playing this character as it has been portrayed by men since its inception. The character has also been adapted for television, radio, comic strip, video games and film - only performed by male actors.
Probably in 2018 that would be the perfect representation of our modern society. Or maybe not? The movie business is all about the box office numbers. Ghostbusters with female lead cast (box office flop) was an interesting version to watch. 007 started in 1962 with Dr No. starring Sean Connery as Bond. The films are the longest continually running film series of all time and have grossed over $14,702 billion in total, making it the fourth-highest-grossing film series to date. Does it affect the ticket sales to recruit a different race or gender?
Daniel Craig is still James Bond for now, however his tenure as 007 is probably going to come to an end after he wraps up shooting on the 26th Bond film. A bunch of names have been thrown around as to who will succeed him in the role, with Idris Elba, Tom Hardy and Tom Hiddleston all apparently keen on taking up the mantle.
Does gender and race really matter? As long the movie represents our 'reality' truthfully. If that means recruiting a female, asian or a black human being to play the role it doesn't really matter. Imagine a South African 007 spying in the streets of Durban saying, "Howzit, I'm James, ekse".
Did you ever ask yourself what cologne James Bond wears? I wouldn't be surprised if it's Hugo Boss. As this cologne is created for the man who strikes a perfect balance between confidence and nonchalance. That's the best description of 007 right there.