We’ve been up all night arguing the toss with our boyfriend Daniel Craig (here’s one we made out with earlier – and no, we don’t think we’ve seen enough of this picture yet). Apparently, he said at the opening of Quantum of Solace – in a kind of celebration of the B.O. victory in Americaland – that he thought the next James Bond should be black. Now, Danny…
While that would be OK for Doctor Who, because Timelords can do what the freak they like, James Bond, the character written by Ian Fleming (no relation to Jason) was not black. Nor was Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice. Nor was Queen Victoria. Nor was Paddington Bear. And neither, incidentally, should Othello be white.
Now while we would like Angela Bassett to get a whole lot more work than she does, and while we can’t get enough of our Denzels and our Wesleys (though Wesley wasn’t very nice when we met him), we do think it’s getting silly if character traits as created by writers are going to be ignored. Why not a female James Bond, by your argument? Or a gay one? Or an old one? Or a cat one?
Or, how about someone writes a character who is a black secret service agent…? That might be a start.