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Blacking up Bond

Ebony and ivory: Bond’s first black sexual conquest in 1973, Rosie Carver

Barbara Broccoli — the person who decides who the next James Bond will be (it’s not a democracy) — has reportedly opened the door for the first black 007.

Despite filming only being four months away, Bond 25 news is dormant at the moment. This news will undoubtedly keep Bond on people’s lips — maybe that was her intention. Although the anti-black Bond warriors will no doubt be furiously banging away at their keyboards and foaming at the mouth.

I’m a big advocate for Idris Elba as Bond. Not because he is black — but because I think he’d be a fantastic 007. Sadly, I feel that time is against him now. He’d be around 50 by the time of his debut film. Although currently, I still think that he looks he young and fit enough: “black don’t crack”, as they say.

When I mention Idris Elba in the same breath as James Bond on the Internet, it’s usually met with “PC gone mad” and “left-wing nonsense”, or comments such as: “they may as well cast a gay, disabled Muslim midget with a lisp as Bond” — yes, that really is a direct quote.

Is being black the logical equivalent of being a wheelchair user these days?

Cries of “Ian Fleming’s Bond was white” usually follow. The Bond series has evolved since Ian Fleming — it had to. Fleming often didn’t paint women or black people in a good light — it would have been impossible to stick to his notion that women and black people are inferior to white males.

Only five, six at a push, of the 24 Bond films have been faithful adaptions of Fleming’s novels. The producers have taken Fleming’s titles, but these films were far from faithful to the books, with only the characters’ names used. Fleming’s plots have been largely discarded since 1969. So why must everything go back to Fleming when there have been 19 Bond films that had very little to do with his novels? If we had to religiously stick to Fleming, then the series would have closed when George Lazenby threw the towel in.

The “Let’s cast a white Shaft” is often wheeled out, and “let’s have a white Martin Luther King or Nelson Mandela”. Shaft being black is fundamental to his character — Bond being white isn’t. Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela being black are integral to their stories — Bond being white isn’t. And one other slight thing: Mandela and Luther King were real people. James Bond is/was not. The Bond films have only referenced 007’s parents three times; Bond’s mother was Swiss, but whose to say that she had to be white?

Times evolve, and so has the series. From Russia with Love is a great film, but the franchise would have gotten pretty stale had there been 24 of them.

Some other points to consider:

Ian Fleming’s Bond wasn’t blonde — unlike Daniel Craig

Fleming would have gawped at a black Felix Leiter and Miss Moneypenny, and a female M — all have happened with huge success

Roger Moore was far removed from Fleming’s Bond but universally loved

Fleming probably would have hated the silliness of Moonraker, the humour of the Roger Moore films, and the campiness of Diamonds are Forever where his villainous creation, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, was seen in drag

When he first saw Sean Connery, Fleming reportedly said, “totally wrong”, or words to that effect

It’s entirely possible that a British agent in 2018 could be black, and the Bond films have always been set in the current day. It’s not about being “politically correct”. It’s not that I particularly want a black Bond either. It’s that I want the best man for the job — and I believe that’s Idris Elba.

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7 thoughts on “Blacking up Bond”

  1. You’re a complete fraud if a Bond fan…. A hack who doesn’t respect the Ian Fleming creation and if course Fleming would of hated Blofeld in drag as Dud all the real Bond Fans but you’d live that scene wouldn’t you Joe you closer fag….Interesting you couldn’t give one reason why Elba is “the vest choice for the role” but you did crap on about Black men being fit!!…I take it since you’ve come out if the closet your wife has left you…Fake Bond fan and very average person…

    1. Why not have a black James Bond. Here’s how Fleming described his hero…

      Name: Bond, James.
      Height: 183cm,
      weight: 76 kilograms;
      slim build;
      eyes: blue;
      hair: black;
      scar down right cheek and on left shoulder;
      signs of plastic surgery on back of right hand;
      all-round athlete;
      expert pistol shot, boxer, knife-thrower;
      does not use disguises.

      I see no mention of skin colour. Of his lineage, all that is mentioned are nationalities, and not the colour of his skin.

      Guess you need a name change, “White Bond”… “Racist Cockwomble” is more suitable.

      And if you struggle with what I’ve written here in any way, try using a dictionary.

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