Yup, that’s right, we do not.
Sure, I guess it’s fine if they do choose a black or female Bond, but if recent reports are correct, Daniel Craig will reprise his role as the MI6 agent for what is likely the final time. He’s good, and he’s done fine as the broody, emotionally troubled Bond with his expensive suits and badly hidden product placement.
There’s been talk for ages now that Idris Elba should be the next Bond, and make history by becoming the first ever black actor cast in the iconic role. Or simply, the first ever Bond that has not been a suave white dude who kicks serious butt. There have been headlines asking for a female James Bond since we’re all feminist now. Well, except for lots of white people who incidentally support Donald Trump and Steve Hofmeyr.
Chris Hemsworth recently revealed in an interview with W magazine who he thinks should be the next James Bond: our girl Charlize Theron. According to him, “she embodies every ounce of strength and nobility and dignity and integrity that that character should have.” He also goes on to say that she’s smart and physical and that she does action scenes in heels like it’s nobody’s business.
But Charlize doesn’t need Bond to prove that. She has Atomic Blonde, her latest action flick in which she stars as a bad ass female spy who, like Bond, works for the MI6. She kicks butt in mini-skirts and leather and boots, and she’s broody and emotionally wrecked, also like Bond.
To compare Charlize in Atomic Blonde to James Bond is fine, I’ll invite the comparison, the similarities are there. She owns it. She wears her bruises and her darkness like a second skin.
Lorraine Broughton, the character Charlize portrays, differs from many other action heroines we’ve come accustomed to over the years. Most recently, we had Wonder Women, the first superhero flick with a female lead. It was a very well done summer blockbuster. She kicks butt but still ultimately succumbs to the charm of Chris Pine. I’m nit-picking a tad, but it’s true. Wonder Woman must fall in love.
Then there’s Lorraine, who doesn’t. She’s messy and complicated, the heroine we need.
Charlize is no stranger to portraying strong, complicated female characters, and she nails it every time. Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road was one of the most memorable performances we’ve seen on the big screen in quite some time, we hardly needed to see Tom Hardy’s Mad Max to be enthralled.
The same goes for Idris Elba. He doesn’t need to be Bond to be an action star. He can walk into any action flick and portray a complicated spy who just happens to be black.
Charlize and Idris can carry a franchise, alright, a franchise to kick Bond’s butt.
Author: Reinhardt Botha
Writer, producer and occasional asshat.