“The Power Of Fandom” – The GQ James Bond Poll Part 2

We just wrote about the power of fan’s voices on Social Media and their impact 6 days ago. Now, as of today, we have the result! The good news is, Luke Evans won in a tight, head to head race! This is a huge accomplishment since he was not on the original list of contenders, but a wildcard entry. His fans worked tirelessly until yesterday 6pm UK time, and waited anxiously for the result until this morning.
When Mr. Evans realized he had won, he tweeted a very sweet, personal message for his fandom, the people that had supported and voted for him, as a “Thank you”, and yes, they knew who he meant!

Luke Evans' tweet

“The power of fandom” tweeted by Luke Evans

That tweet was so warm, friendly and personal, it made all the previous work worthwhile!
The only thing that ruined this special moment for his Luketeers a bit, was how GQ had handled it. The writer for GQ, that had run and written for the GQ ‘Battle Of The Bonds ‘poll, a Mr. Max Williams, who can be found at his Twitter account @maxwykeham, has an interesting writing style. While I may enjoyed some clever remarks as witty and funny, I could interpret others as veiled insults or backhanded compliments. This morning the article about Luke Evans winning the poll was online for 1 hour before GQ Magazine even tweeted it! Fans were already congratulating Mr. Evans and each other until, finally, GQ officially made their announcement.

Congratulatin Tweet

Congratulation tweet created by @FrenchLuketeer on behalf of other fans

The second disappointment was the article that Mr. Williams had written for GQ Magazine. After all those hints at “Pride” and “proud” I don’t find his article very polite or professional. We all know what Luke Evans’ Wiki page says, there is really no need to repeat it 3 times in one paragraph just to maybe further one’s personal agenda. Don’t try to claim a celebrity as a poster child for your own purposes, that is not the right thing to do.

I am tired of political correctness. It shouldn’t matter if a person is black or white, male or female to become President Of The United States. We should just elect the best person for the job!
It also makes no difference if an actor is black or white, or what he does in his personal life. A studio should select, in an ideal world, an actor based on his talent and if he has the right look for the role! Luke Evans looks very much like a James Bond with his masculine, chiseled face. He has proven he can play not only dark roles, but he also stood next to Vin Diesel, who highly recommended him for the next James Bond, in front of cameras in the action movie ‘Fast & Furious 6’. So he is obviously well qualified. His personal life has nothing to do with it!

It is one thing what I write on my personal blog or what Mr. Williams writes for GQ Magazine. We just expected a magazine with a good reputation like that to be a little more classy.

To finish this story, we just saw an interesting article by Deadline Hollywood about auctioning off the rights to the next James Bond movie. Several studios like Warner, MGM and Paramount are part of the chase. It looks like it’s going to be a wild ride until the next studio and the next James Bond will team up, but we really hope that this James Bond poll put the name Luke Evans on people’s radars, and studios and agents are taking notice!

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