We’re just days away from the release of the next James Bond film, Spectre, and because this film feels like it could very well be the final outing for Daniel Craig as Agent 007, everyone and their grandmother has an opinion about who could replace him in the signature tuxedo.
Because we’re living in a rather progressive world, many fans have suggested that, next time around, Bond could be black, or gay, or even a woman. Many fans are quite OK with this, eager to see a change of pace, but some steadfast admirers of the character just aren’t having it, and one of them is former Bond Roger Moore, who’s played the character longer than any other actor so far. In a new interview with the Daily Mail, Moore (now 88), said that “political correctness” should not be an issue when casting Bond, and made it very clear that he wants the character to continue to reflect what creator Ian Fleming wrote.
‘I have heard people talk about how there should be a lady Bond or a gay Bond. But they wouldn’t be Bond for the simple reason that wasn’t what Ian Fleming wrote.’
On some level, Moore’s right. Fleming wrote Bond as a handsome and deadly man from the United Kingdom with brown hair (though Craig ultimately broke the hair rule). He also wrote Bond as a man with a scar down his face, something no actor who’s played the character in the primary series of films has sported. Beyond that, he wrote Bond as a man of very particular tastes that the films have often ignored (his original preferred car was not an Aston Martin, and his original pistol of choice was not a Walther PPK). The point is that the Bond of the novels has diverged from the Bond of the books for years, and we’ve seen two dozen films that, more or less, reflect the same kind of Bond. So, why not diverge from that from a while and have a little fun? Apparently, because people like Roger Moore are standing in the way.