In the field of adaptations, no saga is as irregular and extensive as that of James Bond. Numerous actors have given life to different incarnations of the spy that has fascinated the cinema for decades. However, a new demand for better job opportunities for women, and other underrepresented identities, had led to reflection on the possibility of changing the gender of 007. Daniel Craig believes this would be counterproductive.
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In an interview with Radio Times, regarding the upcoming premiere of No Time to Die, the actor Daniel Craig was questioned as to whether or not it seems like a good idea for James Bond to become a female character in some future adaptation. The interpreter’s response was a negative, because he believes that we would rather have to find a way to ensure that there are female roles as good as him:
The answer to that is very simple. There just should be better parts for women and for actors of color. Why should a woman play James Bond when there should be a role just as good as James Bond, but for a woman?
The actor’s response, although correct, seems to forget some nuances. The problem is not necessarily that there are not good female characters or actors of color, but rather that they rarely have the funding or support to see their stories made. What does not happen in the case of established franchises such as 007 or many others that, historically, have been led by white men.
Nevertheless, No Time to Die seems to have approached this question in a more balanced way. While Craig (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – 86%, The Logan Scam – 93%, Between Razors and Secrets – 100%) will remain Bond, it has been confirmed that the new agent 007 will be the character of Lashana lynch. That is to say, although it adopts the name, or rather the number, of the spy, it is a different role and not a reboot that reconfigures the most well-known version of the role. In this way, actors are given that prominence within the saga who may not have had the opportunity before and without radically changing the original.
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The film also took great precautions to treat its female characters better, a theme that has also dragged the franchise through the use of the so-called “bond girl” as a mere object of desire. For this, the three-time Emmy winner Phoebe Waller-Bridge was hired as a screenwriter. This Craig had to say about his work:
He has a devilish humor. His influence permeates this film a lot. It stayed in the fantastic limit of keeping it a thriller, but still very funny. Phoebe didn’t get to change Bond, she got to improve him, that’s for sure. She’s a Bond fan, she wasn’t going to take him in a different direction.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge will have its premiere in Mexico on September 30. This will be Craig’s last film as the character and, within fiction, it will see Bond return from retirement to retrieve a dangerous weapon from the wrong hands.
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