In 1953, when Ian Fleming created James Bond and featured him in a series of 12 books and 2 short stories: it was a man, a very risk-taking masculine character with enough beards to shave at every scene, and a masculine name to suit the features that ravenously drew women to him without him blinking an eye.
That was then, 1953, before the era of gender transition and #MeToo movement that have put a question mark on masculinity and adventures associated to men.
So when the rumor started that the latest James Bond movie, No Time to Die, began with Daniel Craig, the latest James Bond Actor, (now retired) and ended with Lashana Lynch, all as James Bonds, it was not surprising to anyone following the trend. They only have to brace up for the effects of disappeared macho behavior that has lured viewers from around the world to the James Bond series for decades now.
Although no evidence apart from rumor and little leaks to suggest the authenticity, former James Bond actors believe it’s time for a woman to play the role.
Pierce Brosnan, who in his role as James Bond saved the world four times, thinks it’s time to hand the baton to a woman.
“Yes!” he said with excitement. “I think we’ve watched the guys do it for the last 40 years. Get out of the way guys, and put a woman up there. I think it would be exhilarating, it would be exciting.” He said.
Daniel Craig and Chris Hemsworth notably concurred to Brosnan’s view – it’s time for a woman James Bond.
Although Brosnan acknowledged it will be difficult to effect such a change into the James Bond’s legacy, he believes it’s possible with time.
“I don’t think that’s going to happen with the broccolis. I don’t think it would happen under their watch.” He acknowledged.
He also pointed out that the #MeToo movement has become so important in our era that recognition should be giving to them through serious roles like James Bond.
But a co-star of Die Another Day, Rosamund Pike, who co-appeared with Pierce Brosnan disagreed.
“James Bond is a character that Ian Fleming created. And the character is a man. It’s a very masculine creation. Why should a woman get sort of sloppy seconds? Why should she have been a man and now has to be played by a woman? Why not be a kick-ass female agent in her own right”?
Exactly how Piers Morgan analyzed it in his column: “Don’t You Feminist Snowflakes Dare Turn James Bond into a Woman.” He urged all the pro #MeToo to create a genre and a character of a feminine gender that will be played by a woman, instead of trying to emasculate the most masculine icon in movie history.
He also warned that any such move will do more damage to James Bond legacy than good. Using the poll he conducted in his breakfast show, Good Morning Britain, where 86 percent of viewers voted “no to a woman James Bond” as an indication, he opined that the movie legacy is doomed as soon as the idea is bought. And more women will hate to watch it more than men.
The perception of many about the #MeToo movement and their yearnings is that it’s no longer about equality, it’s more about a woman taking a man’s place at all cost.