Sean Connery was originally star as the most famous spy in cinematic history.
Idris Elba recently shot down rumors that he would be the next actor suitable for playing James Bond, was the first African-American in the role. Now, a British historian tells the audience that a female version of the English spy may be decades away.
Jeremy Black, a 007 expert, who recently published “The World of James Bond,” told Fox News that can take as long as 20 or 30 years for a female star to shake things up on the big screen.
“I don’t see why it shouldn’t happen”, he replied to the question of whether the next Bond should be a woman. “But I’ll tell you one reason why I don’t think it’s going to happen. If you are looking for James Bond as a commercial product, the leading film market in the world is the United States. And a growing part of the James Bond-market in the Far East, South Asia, and in parts of the world where their values differ, shall we say.
“These are the more male-oriented societies. And in those societies, I think it’s a hard sell to your supervisor and the secret agent as a woman. Now may change in 20, 30 years. But I think that one should be aware there are commercial reasons.”
TheWrap.com previously reported the latest 007 movie, 2015 “Ghost”, was the second highest grossing entry in the franchise with $750 million worldwide have called it by December. It is also better for 2012’s “Skyfall” in a number of foreign markets, particularly in China, where he had taken in $83 million since opening on Nov. 13, in comparison with the $59 million globally, by the previous film.
Both films starred the British actor Daniel Craig, who currently has four Bond films under his belt. The 50-year-old is set to return in the yet-untitled film, now known as “Bond 25.”
Although the idea of the first female Bond in a movie it would easily stir cups, Black pointed out, it would be a big gamble for a franchise that is “Star Wars” as his biggest competitor financially.
“The current Bond films are much more focused on action,” he explained. “More fights, high speed chases, and less talk than in the films of the 1960s or ’70s. That is because more of the audience is people who don’t speak English as a first language. The fights and chases a lot more sense than if you’re planning to be a lot of conversation. And it is a commercial product.”
The british actor Idris Elba announced that he would not be the next James Bond.
Elba expressed his support for a female Bond to Variety in January.
“We are interested in having a Bond character other than a man?” said the 46-year-old British actor. “It would be a woman — a black woman, a white woman. To do something else. Why not?”
But Rachel Weisz, an Academy Award-winning actress who is married to Craig, told The Telegraph in February, she was not in the idea of a female Bond because the brain behind the stories, the English writer and naval intelligence officer Ian Fleming, “spent a lot of time to writing this specific character, which in the particularly masculine and refers to a specific way to women.”
“Why not your own story instead of jumping on the shoulders and is compared with all the other male predecessors?” added Weisz, 48. “Women are really exciting and interesting, and should get their own stories.”
Still, Black is hopeful that the future will bring a female 007.
“I think at a certain point, they go for a female James Bond,” he said.
But Black pointed out on the most famous spy in cinematic history is already changing with the time.
“If you look at the recent movies with James Bond as a character is that there are fewer female relationships,” he explained. “He is a serial monogamist. Whereas Roger Moore (James Bond always with multiple partners, one after the other, in the same film. Now, there is generally a female partner and there is very little attention paid to that side.
“James Bond is not real smoke. He drink a little just to deliver his signature line. And while he has little to no sex, he is killing more people than ever before. It is a strange aspect of the political correctness of the character.”
There are currently 26 movies dedicated to the Bond in Hollywood. Black said that the maintenance of a specific formula in his story, that is the secret behind the continued success, despite the changing line-up of actors who are starring in the lead role.
“In a way, that she is a secret agent who was british, not American, was less controversial in many foreign markets,” he explained. “But, in fact, fast chases, cars, beautiful women, sinister villains, a plot that James Bond is to be captured, a villain who’d rather just shoot him, explains what he is going to do, this quest to save the world — that seems to me a market that works very well for different groups.”
When it comes to actors who have played Bond, Black has his favorites.
“I can believe that Sean Connery killing someone with his bare hands,” he said. “I find that very hard to believe Roger Moore or Pierce Brosnan. The one who is the most liked of the original stories is Timothy Dalton. The James Bond of the stories… He kills people, but he is very sad. Timothy Dalton best presents. [But] is “Diamonds Are Forever” was Sean Connery in his most polished… It just worked.”