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Saturday, 13 November 2010

Black Bond

Could it be the time for a black James Bond? Would it work? We've had a black Felix Leiter so perhaps a black James Bond would not be too much of a stretch of the imagination. It could work in the modern world, our society has moved on since Fleming penned the books back in an age when black and whites were still segregated.

The other often made claim is that it's time for a female Bond - now that would be totally ridiculous. But a black Bond would, I guess, be fine and indeed Will Smith has often been linked to the role. And at the end of the day as long as the actor catches the essence of the character then the skin tone becomes irrelevant.

These are some of the contenders for the first black Bond taken from various news sources

Boxer David Haye, who is planning to hang up his gloves at the end of next year, has already set his sights on turning to acting.
The WBA champ said that a role as first black James Bond will "definitely appeal" him.
"I've always been a fan of the action hero," the Sun quoted Haye as saying.
"Schwarzenegger was my hero growing up and obviously you've got Sylvester Stallone as Rocky. Me? I wouldn't mind James Bond. Yes, the first black James Bond definitely appeals," he added.

Every African American celebrity right now is obsessed with being the black version of James Bond. We’ve heard it from Jermaine Dupri, Tyrese, 50 Cent, and Jamie Foxx. And now we can add Will Smith to the growing list.

Will recently said he was confident that he could draw in moviegoers as the first black James Bond. When a fan asked him who cold play the role the best, out of him, P. Diddy, and Jamie Foxx, he replied, "Puff probably lives the most like James Bond, Jamie Foxx got the swag for James Bond. He can sing too, so he can add a new element to Bond.”

Jamie Foxx is making his intentions known to Hollywood that he wants to enter the elite franchise of Bond movies and become the first black “James Bond”. Foxx intends to bring his own personality into the 007 franchise saying, “I'd put a little swing in it. A little hip-hop, you know. Maybe not drinking martinis, but drinking some Hennessey, maybe.”  Hmm, not sure what that would look like, but black people do have a tendency to always add “flavor” to everything and make it fly! 

After his Oscar winning role – as Ray Charles in “Ray” there is little doubt Foxx can deliver the sleek and sexy mix that makes the Bond movies successful.

And the most way out suggestion of all came recently from both Daniel Craig and Pierce Brosnan when they said in seperate interviews that President Obama would make a cool James Bond.

What do Archive readers think? Are we ready for a black Bond?  Do we want a Democrat Bond?


Randy Johnson said...

I think I could adjust to it, though I still have horrible memories of Will Smith as James West(shudder). But I believe it was more of a wretched script than anything.

Although a black friend observed that for the time period, a blck secret service agent could not have gotten into some of the places West would need to go.

Ben Willans said...

Obama as Bond actually looks pretty damn cool

bish8 said...

I spat tea out my nose in surprise when I read this . . .