(As the new-is editor/publisher of “Apple World Today,” this is my weekly column in which I discuss anything that’s on my mind. Which may or may not include Apple or even technology.)
“No Time to Die” will be Daniel Craig’s last outing as James Bond. Rumors are rife about whom will replace him. However, he says James Bond shouldn’t be played by a woman. He’s right.
“There should simply be better parts for women and actors of colour,” he told Radio Times. Why should a woman play James Bond when there should be a part just as good as James Bond, but for a woman?”
In “No Time to Die” Lashana Lynch plays a new 007 after James Bond “retires.” Of course, that retirement doesn’t last. And when the spy is recast, it shouldn’t be a woman, whether it’s Lynch or Gillian Anderson, who has said (perhaps seriously, perhaps not) that she would like the role.
How about a female 008 or the return of Jinx?
Let’s face it: James Bond is a dude. He should be played by a man. Who would want a male playing Wonder Woman or Supergirl?
Instead of a female James Bond (Jane Bond?), how about giving Lynch’s “No Time to Die” character a 008 designation and her own movie? Or bring back Halle Berry’s Jinx character from “Die Another Day” (there was talk of the character getting her own movie/series as far back as 2002).
So who should be the next James Bond?
So females aside, who should be the next James Bond? The list of rumored candidates is long, topped by Idris Elba, Tom Hardy, Reg-Jean Page, Sam Heughan, Richard Madden, and more.
All are good actors. However, I think Elba (49) and Hardy (44) are too old for the part. No, I’m not showing age-ism because I’m older than either of those guys. However, we someone who can play 007 for somewhere between 10-15 years. That’s why my choice is (drumroll, please):
Aidan Turner (pictured). The Irish actor is only 38 and has shown in the “Poldark” series that he has the smoldering intensity and physicality to play James Bond. And as the dwarf Kíli in The Hobbit trilogy (2012–2014) he shows a playful side so should be able to infuse a bit of mischief into 007. Also, he has been rumored for the role.
So Aidan Turner as the new James Bond. And you’re welcome, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson (producers of the series).
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