Pierce Brosnan, famous for his turn as 007 in Goldeneye and Tomorrow Never Dies and for his “passable” singing voice in Mamma Mia!, has made even more headlines regarding casting decisions about James Bond.
After a firestorm of controversy erupted in the wake Anthony Horowitz‘s comments that Idris Elba is, “too street” to play the famous super spy, Brosnan decided to add his own thoughts to the debate during an interview with the Press Association for his upcoming film, Lessons in Love. Brosnan has already made his thoughts clear that an LGBT James Bond is out of the question, but went a step further to branch out into other cringe-worth territory as well.
“There’s wonderful black actors out there who could be James Bond, and there’s no reason why you cannot have a black James Bond. But a female James Bond, no, I think it has to be male. James Bond is a guy, he’s all male. His name is James, his name is James Bond. Anything is possible for sure, but I think he’ll be male and he’ll be white.”
It would be easy to throw a temper tantrum about this blatant ignorance if it weren’t so predictable. And while his support for a black James Bond (#elba007, #idrisbond) is admirable and noteworthy, his disrespect for expanding and disrupting such a non-inclusive canon is, quite frankly, highly disappointing.
Whoever takes on the next iteration of Bond, in order for the series to grow and expand with the times and changing attitude of our culture, it would be in the best interest of the series to break away from Bond’s image of toxic masculinity. That job could be done by anyone- man, woman or other; white or person of color.
…But we really hope it’s Idris Elba. Or a woman. Just to annoy the fanboys.