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"Right wing American is slightly racist" shocker.

December 30th, 2014 (04:42 pm)

Apparently, in amongst the hacked Sony emails was a suggestion that Idris Elba would make a good James Bond. And...I honestly wouldn't know, because although he's definitely been in some things I've seen (most notably the two Thor films) he obviously didn't make much of an impression on me. Mind you, Pacific Rim is actually next on my watch list, and I keep being told how good Luther is.

Anyhew, American conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh has taken rather negatively to this idea. Bond, you see, "was white and Scottish, period."

And I got thinking...was he? Book Bond...I'm not sure his ethnicity is ever mentioned explicitly. Granted, if he'd been black, it probably would have merited a mention somewhere in Live and let die if nowhere else, but that can probably be handwaved. And yes, book Bond is definitely Scottish (although ISTR reading recently that that was Fleming's response to Connery's appearance in the films, and his nationality hadn't previously been stated), but even just sticking to the canonical movies that was only really adhered to once, in Connery himself; there's also been a Welsh Bond, an Irish Bond, and an Australian Bond. Taking the non-canon adaptations into account, there's also been an American Bond.

So yes, I think Limbaugh has a point, albeit probably not the one he intended to make - Bond should be more Scottish. And as I think that Bond, like the good Doctor, could do with being more mature in his next incarnation, I hereby nominate Tony Osoba.


Posted by: Diaries of a dolphin (luckykaa)
Posted at: January 2nd, 2015 05:42 pm (UTC)

I have mixed opinions over this story.

Part of me thinks people are a little too willing to accuse people of racism. After all, it would make sense to have a Bond who looks a little like the last person to play him. And while Daniel Craig doesn't look remotely like Piers Brosnan, it was explicitely claimed to be a reboot, and skin colour is a very prominent feature. Not sure if the same people had a problem with the white cast of the Avatar:TLA movie, but I did for similar reasons.

Personally I think Idris Elba would be great! Being white isn't really important to the character (although I like your point about being Scottish). I thought Michael Clarke Duncan was a great Kingpin as well. And I liked Starbuck being a woman in the BSG reboot. Hollywood should mix these things up a bit and keep doing so until nobody cares.

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