The first two being:
Is this Daniel Craig’s last film as James Bond?
If not, then when will it be?
Well the answer to only one of those questions is certain, and that is that Daniel Craig’s contract runs up until the next film, which is the as yet untitled Bond 25 project. Despite this being the case, Craig has done everything in recent interviews to distance himself from the job for the time being. He recently said;
“For at least a year or two, I just don’t want to think about it. I don’t know what the next step is. I’m not in discussion with anybody about anything. If I did another Bond movie, it would only be for the money.”
Asked if he wants to play the leading role again, Craig told Time Out magazine:
“I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists. No, not at the moment. Not at all.”
This comment was met with a lot of anger from fans and he was criticized for being insensitive about mental health issues.
I believe that his comments were blown out of proportion and it’s quite clear after a rigorous and exhausting filming schedule, the last thing he would want to think about, is doing it all over again immediately for another year. Whilst he hasn’t completely ruled it out, it looks increasingly likely that this could be Craig’s last appearance as Bond. If this is the case then it begs the third question;
Who will be the next James Bond?
There has also been controversy related to this question, as many start to question how flexible the job opening is. Idris Elba is thought to be one of the front-runners to take over as the next James Bond, but this has been opposed by a small number of fans because of the colour of his skin.
Rather awkwardly Roger Moore remarked that London born Idris Elba wasn’t “English-English” enough to play the role of Bond. As opposed to Scotsman Sean Connery, Australian George Lazenby, Welshman Timothy Dalton or the Irishman Pierce Brosnan who all previously portrayed the character. I for one feel that he would make an excellent James Bond.
Questions have also been asked as to what sexuality or gender James Bond should be. Should he be a woman? Should he be a gay or bisexual man?
I do wonder why these questions get asked. The Bond movie franchise has been around for 53 years now since Dr. No, with the novels having been in publication for even longer. James Bond has always been the tall, dark and handsome, womanising, gambling, drinking, some would say chauvinistic pig that we have grown to love over the past half century, so why should that change? Why should the character be changed so that he becomes a woman, or change his sexual orientation. The point is that it wouldn’t be James Bond anymore. It’s how the character was thought up, how the character was written and how the character has been portrayed. If people are unhappy with the way James Bond is, then don’t watch the films. If it is such a big issue, instead of there being pressure on the makers of James Bond to change the character completely, there should be pressure on studios and scriptwriters to come up with new stories and characters for a completely different film franchise.