No, Please Not Another ‘Next Bond’ Article!

I am so sorry! Not only is this our 3rd article in the past year about the possible choices to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond, but we are getting bombarded lately from all sides with similar write-ups. I myself am getting tired of reading basically the same article, with the same list of contenders, over and over again! If you read one, you read them all. Are journalists copying each other now?

Then there is the fan casting, like by scatronixx …this is not how things work! You find an actor that fits the role, not the other way around. The character of James Bond, that Ian Fleming created, is a white British male. Just because of all that talk about “white washing” in Hollywood, we don’t have to use political correctness in casting. Aside from the fact that Idris Elba is too old, if you want a black agent, why not do a spin-off with a black 006? If you want a female spy, why not revamp ‘Emma Peel’, or cast a woman as 004? That way everybody is happy. But let James be James, not Jane.

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There were some funny reactions to ‘Jane Bond’ on Twitter. One guy suggested that in exchange for a female Bond we should re-think some female characters as well. He has a valid point, sounds only fair to me. So how about a ‘Cinderfella’? Other suggestions were ‘Sleeping Beau’, ‘Pocahoncho” or ‘Mark Poppins’. Our kids will be so confused! I have no issues with casting gays, lesbians, transgender actors, or any other color of that rainbow, as long as they play their characters true to their original story. Don’t mess with my childhood memories!

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Then there are jokes and rumors like Theo James being confirmed as the next James Bond. That article originated from a site that added the disclaimer:” All stories on this site are satire and the opinions expressed do not belong to any real people.” I guess nobody bothered to read to the very end?

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I think Vanity Fair is correct in saying the next Bond will not be who you expect, according to an interview with Sam Mendes who directed the last two James Bond movies, and is exiting the franchise. For example Tom Hiddleston is a great actor, but too charming and boyish, he does not have that “dangerous” vibe. I love Henry Cavill, but James Bond can’t be confused on screen with Superman. Tom Hardy is a bit too rough around the edges. Jamie Bell would have to wear elevator shoes, or have very petite Bond girls, as he is only 5’7″short.”Kinky Boots” anybody? Again, Idris Elba is not only too old with 44, since most 00-agents retire at age 45, he also has his own franchise “The Dark Tower”, and James Bond is not a man of color.

It will be entirely up to Barbara Broccoli to select her next agent. It might be a fresh and new face, or an up-and-coming actor, who is just starting to get more and more name recognition, like Luke Evans. I just can’t imagine anybody who is already too well known as another character, or too closely linked to another franchise.

In any case, if they cast a woman or Mickey Mouse as the next Bond, it might really be the ‘Last Bond’!

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Fan’s Voices On Social Media And Their Impact On Selecting The Next James Bond

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We have written before about the importance of an actor’s visibility on Social Media. If equally qualified actors compete for the same role, a studio might pick the one that is more active, talked about and followed on Social Media.
We also speculated about the next James Bond in a previous article. But there have been some interesting new developments lately. Entertainment Weekly correctly writes “Somehow it’s become unofficial law that Idris Elba’s name must be a part of any conversation about who would be the next best James Bond.”
So when Anthony Horowitz, the author of a new James Bond novel, said in an interview that Idris Elba is “too street” he caused an outrage and quickly apologized on Twitter.

Elba appeared on several TV shows and gave interviews, but denied that there was any truth to the rumors after the ‘Sony Leak’.

Then the British GQ Magazine started their James Bond weeks in time for the premiere of the new 007 movie ‘SPECTRE’ with articles about the Bonds of the past, the cars, the style and they announced a James Bond poll!

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The Battle Of The Bonds by the British GQ Magazine

For one week fans could vote for one of eight candidates or write in their own choice in a comment box. Apparently the name Luke Evans must have come up often enough because he was added to a list of ten contenders in a pre-round. By the end of that round the two with the least votes were eliminated and the remaining eight paired up.

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By the end of the Pre Round Luke Evans was in 4th place

The Luke Evans fandoms were happy! He made it from not being on the list into the top four! But how would he do matched up against a strong contender like Idris Elba? GQ predicted a win by a “white Persian cat’s whisker” for Luke Evans, calling it the tie of the round! But with the strong support of his fans Mr. Evans beat Mr. Elba with the healthy margin of 63 percent!

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British GQ Magazine’s prediction for round 1

During that first round some tweets suspected foul play when fans realized that the voting link for all candidates had the name of Idris Elba embedded. So everytime somebody shared their voting result using the link from GQ Magazine, it would show up under Elba’s mentions, which seemed an unfair advantage. But at the beginning of round 2 it became obvious that the complaints had been noticed when the remaining four semifinalists were introduced by GQ Magazine as shown:

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Beginning of Battle Of The Bonds, Tom Hardy versus Luke Evans

Now we have four contenders left competing for the next James Bond’s tuxedo. So far Henry Cavill has a clear lead over Aidan Turner and Luke Evans left Tom Hardy in the dust with a surprising 86 percent thanks to his fans voting, tweeting and supporting him.

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Luke Evans for 007 edit by Rocio Ramirez

Using the hashtag #LukeEvansFor007 the so-called Luketeers are sharing their personal edits and interpretations of Luke Evans as the next Bond on Twitter.

#LukeEvansFor007 edit by Karla Marx

#LukeEvansFor007 edit by Karla Marx

Luke Evans edit by Jonny Gillard

Luke Evans edit by Jonny Gillard

Today we heard that another big name threw his support behind Luke Evans. Vin Diesel says as quoted by Digital Spy that his “Fast & Furious co-star Luke Evans should play James Bond.” Considering that Vin stood together with Luke in front of cameras in an action movie he would know what his co-star is capable of, and with a fan base of 100 million on Social Media his support means a lot. Maybe Sony Pictures already picked their next Bond actor, but even if they did, they must have taken notice how many people are talking and tweeting about Luke Evans.

This is what I personally love about Social Media. You can take a stand, engage yourself and all our voices together really do matter and can make a difference.