Actor Michael Fassbender has rejected claims that he may become the next person to play James Bond.
Instead, he has suggested 007 should be played by a woman.
— Yahoo Movies (@YahooMovies) November 2, 2016
In an interview with GQ Magazine, Fassbender said “I just love Bond. Doesn’t everyone?”
But he went on to state that Bond needed to reform: “I think the franchise needs something new.” He admitted he had “thought about it [a shake-up] a lot,” going on to suggest, “even better, how about a Jane Bond? A woman.”
While I admire the feminist idea which Fassbender puts forward, it is hardly original.
Model Lily Cole has previously spoken out in favour of the idea, saying “I also don’t like male and female stereotype. I think it is about time we had a female Bond, put it that way.”
Mark Rylance completely confused matters by claiming he would only play Bond if Bond were female: “If it’s Jane Bond. If they decide to have a woman, then I’ll go up for that.” he told the Daily Mail.
Helen Mirren has also toyed with the idea of a female Bond, but didn’t seem exactly sold on the idea, telling the press”‘I think a woman could play, and has and should play, a similar character. But I think – hmmm, I’m wading into murky waters here, but I wonder if the iconic-ness of James Bond… maybe I’m wrong.”
All of this is just political correctness gone bananas. James Bond is not a woman. Neither is Father Christmas. Spider-Man – it says it on the tin.
Pop-Eye the Sailor Man was undoubtedly masculine. Similarly: The Virgin Mary was female. Wonder Woman is too. Lara Croft is without a Y chromosome, and we don’t resent her for it. Ditto Olive Oyl.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) November 2, 2016
Part of the romance and the excitement of great stories (Bible excluded) is the interplay between the two lead characters. That is not to say that same-sex relations are not equally romantic and exciting and loving. But Mrs Rochester and James Eyre just wouldn’t have been the same. And therein lies the issue with Bond.
There are parallels in America: some are pontificating at how it’s time a woman became president of the United States. Yes, it is. And it has been since George Washington. But why should a woman become president simply on the basis that there hasn’t been a female president before?
A president should become president based on their leadership skills, their integrity, their intuition and their ability to move the world forward, to make it a better place for us and for future generations. Were I in America, who would I vote for? Clinton – but not on the grounds that she’s a woman. No. I’d vote for her because I believe she is the lesser of two evils.
I cannot emphasise enough how much I advocate equality of opportunity and women’s rights. However, I don’t have any truck with the Bond debate.
As long as we live in a world in which females still cannot leave their houses when they are menstruating, or girls are shot in the head on the way to school, or women and girls are raped as a weapon of war, this feminist has bigger fish to fry than fretting over whether James Bond should be a Jean or a Joan.