There’s been buzz about a black actor potentially taking over as 007. Some hate the idea and others love it. Sounds like a job for Argue Anything!
Of course there can be. There original James Bond, from the novels Ian Fleming published between 1953 to 1966, had a specific context and background. Making Bond black wouldn’t have made sense. But it’s 2015. Bond’s original context has long vanished. He has to be reinvented for new generations, so why not invent him in a way that includes changing his race?
It was extremely humorous to see some commentators getting upset, as if Bond was real, instead of a fictional character.
If you can have multiple Bonds, why can’t you have a black Bond? The guy who’s up for the role is terrific. He was brilliant in The Wire… and he’s British. If we’re going to be THAT literal, since the first appearance of James Bond was in a novel in 1953, shouldn’t the current Bond be at least 80 years old? Of course not. If we’re setting Bond in a modern context the only qualifications would that he (or SHE!!! JANE BOND!!!) be British. Case closed.
However, it’s quite unlikely that Idris Elba will become that black James Bond. The next James Bond movie comes out later this year, with Daniel Craig as Bond. It would be at least three years before the next one comes out and Elba would be 45 years old. They would want the next Bond actor to last for some time (Connery did nine years, Moore 12, Brosnan seven, Craig nine). I suspect the producers would prefer someone a little younger.