Let’s let 007 take a nap, because he’s old, and start creating more new, exciting, female-led action heroes.
Hey, everyone saying Charlize Theron should be the next James Bond? Please stop.
Over the last few weeks, there’s been a growing buzz. Screenrant. W Magazine. Chris Hemsworth. Twitter. All saying that Charlize should take on that famous role.
Now, let me be clear, of course the James Bond franchise should open itself up and welcome all races and genders. Even if only to give Daniel Craig the reprieve he’s begging for.
But this whole thing of treating the role like it’s the only one that matters? Come on. James Bond is not the Dalai Lama. We don’t need to keep reincarnating him until the end of the world, which, in fairness, is about 45 minutes away. We have a powerful weapon in our quiver.
There is an infinite number of new stories, characters and car chases out there that haven’t been made yet. New writers are being born every minute. Instead of trying to shoehorn a great actress into a role that’s already a little frayed at the edges, why not let her try a brand new one? A character that can kick ass in a brand new way! A character that can put on evening wear and drink very specific cocktails if she wants to, but is not obligated! A character like the one she plays in Atomic Blonde, which, how convenient, is in theaters right now! Why push her into something old, when there’s something new right there! They already made it and everything! You just have to show up!
Look at it this way: the movie The Hangover starred four white men, and it was successful to warrant two sequels, which were one and a half too many. It would have been very easy for someone to say, “We need to give four black women the opportunity to star in those roles. We’re doing the Black Female Hangover.” They didn’t. They made something brand new. Familiar genre. New characters. New plot. They called it Girls Trip, and it’s a huge hit.
So let’s do that. Let’s let James Bond take a nap, which he needs, because he’s a million years old, and let’s start supporting new ideas. Go see what Charlize Theron is actually doing, rather than suggesting it’s not good enough because she hasn’t followed in the footsteps of Pierce Brosnan. Let’s move forward, and keep going, and then in ten years we’ll meet back here and argue over whether there should be a male Atomic Blonde. I’ll see you next time.