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Now that James Bond is back on the big screen, thanks to Spectre, the world needs to get used to a new face at 007 HQ—albeit one that is now an adult.
We all know what the new guy will be called—Sean, Hervé, Daisy, Navidad.
Of course, this would make a really bad movie, but since we’re talking about Bond no 007, it wouldn’t be in the American sensibilities, where the role is more known for actually beating the living crap out of baddies. We may have a contract with another place that will have 007 dispatching baddies in baseball uniforms, but it’s hard to tell which franchise will be best suited for replacing an aging, overweight model with the skinny, tabloid-ready babe.
Thankfully, Fox, the studio that is putting the flick in theaters, is sticking with Idris Elba. You might not recognize him right now, but you won’t ever see him on any screens until Bond 25 opens, probably in January 2019. I saw him in the trailer for Spectre in which he was knocked down, but, to be honest, I’m glad he’s still there.
Along with Elba’s “Sean” spouting James Bond dialogue will be Cap’d in the title role by Daniel Craig, who made a really successful comeback by taking the role of 007 when he wasn’t portraying the character as a jocular cocky lout. Thankfully, he’s now acknowledging the need to recalibrate the character to look more serious—he definitely wants to step back from the goofy, always-been-a-villainy mentality and be focused on the human element of the character.
There is one problem with scheduling in the capital: given the intense events in the world, you could never adequately have the unexpected elephant in the room, let alone the influx of Mohammed Salim (which may start to happen for the third instalment of Spectre, Spectre: Judgement Day). It is 2017 and, according to director Sam Mendes, it is far too late for the character to shed his old, hulking, divas-killing self. The franchise needs to get back to being a vigilante space opera that is about making good while the world faces a significant existential threat.