The name is Bond, Black Bond

2014-09-14 15:00

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Twitter was shaken and a little stirred again this week after Hollywood heavyweight Denzel Washington light-heartedly spoke about his secret desire to play James Bond during a Reddit chat.

Soon the hashtag #DenzellsJamesBond popped up on the social-media platform and the annual debate began about a black Bond.

It’s a good time to start talking Bond again because it has been two years since Skyfall and the unnamed “Bond 24” has been announced for release next year.

But perhaps the debate about a “black Bond” should be about Washington having two real disadvantages?–?turning 60 in December and being an American.

Pierce Brosnan, who played Bond before Daniel Craig, is a year younger than Washington. He was put out to pasture in 2002 after Die Another Day, when he was 47, which is how old Craig will be when “Bond 24” comes out.

Then there’s the whole point of James Bond being a secret agent who is the quintessential British gentleman.

Although Craig has roughened him up around the edges and the film makers have toned down his extravagant misogyny, filling the role from across the Atlantic would be a real scandal.

In an interview last year British actor Idris Elba said: “We don’t say ‘white Bond’, we just say ‘Bond’ so it suddenly becomes a black man and he’s a ‘black Bond’.”

Good point. Especially as he’s a front runner to be Bond in the future

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