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‘Ian Fleming was still our touchstone’: James Bond Screenplay Writers Hint Idris Elba May Not Become Bond, Fuel Henry Cavill as 007 Rumors

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There are three things in life that you cannot escape – death, taxes, and a James Bond movie every decade. Ian Fleming’s efforts in creating a character like Bond has translated into a successful series based on the character that’s loved by every action movie lover. But the series still hasn’t addressed this one looming issue.

We’ve had a brilliant set of actors who have been cast to play the British secret service agent over the years. It started off with Sean Connery starring in the first Bond movie Dr. No and ends with Daniel Craig in No Time To Die. Of course, a new Bond movie will be made, but with Craig’s departure from the series will we finally get a POC as 007?

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Craig as Bond

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James Bond Writers Hint That Idris Elba Is Not The Next 007

There have been far too many movies than we can count off the top of our heads where POCs get little to no representation, and that culture needs to change.

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Neal Purvis and Robert Wade

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The James Bond franchise is a culprit of such a trend where it’s always a white man who gets to play the role of 007.

While we do understand that Daniel Craig was contractually made to play the character, it’s a bit concerning that a new 007 still hasn’t been hired yet. Fans have been wanting a POC 007 (preferably Idris Elba) for quite some time now, but that’s not going to happen.

We don’t say this lightly – the recent comments about the Bond franchise by screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have only confirmed our criticism. The pair have worked on over seven Bond movies, and an excerpt from a recent interview with them by BBC answers some of our questions-

“Ian Fleming was still our touchstone, even though the plot wasn’t his. You go back to the Flemings and you try to include nuggets of how Bond spoke.”

For those who haven’t read the books- Fleming’s enabling of racist stereotypes, denigration of POC characters, and all in all casual racism is pretty evident.

A lot of us today who still follow the franchise would love to see Idris Elba as the new bond for sure, but the screenwriters relying on Fleming’s work to this extent only makes us doubt whether we’ll ever get a POC James Bond at all.

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Henry Cavill As James Bond Gains Traction From Fans

It’s not for sure, but it’s highly unlikely that we’ll get Idris Elba as the next James Bond. There have been various contenders who have been curated by fans to take on the helm of the world’s most famous spy.

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Henry Cavill

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Since we’re ruling Idris Elba out of the equation, we have Tom Holland, Tom Hiddleston, Michael Fassbender, and so on that fans would love to play Bond. But the one standout actor that has been catching our eyes is Man of Steel star Henry Cavill.

Twitter has been fronting a campaign to make sure that the 39-year-old actor makes the cut for EON Productions-

Oh we forgot to mention he’s already been in a spy movie! –

An interesting thought-

Amen! –

That’s a bold comparison-

Since it looks like Warner Bros. has no plans to include him in any of their movies in the future (at least officially), there definitely shouldn’t be any scheduling conflicts. So what are the Broccolis waiting for?

Source: BBC

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