While there’s been much talk of reinventing James Bond by recasting the character as a woman or gay, one former 007 is against both those ideas.
“I have heard people talk about how there should be a lady Bond or a gay Bond,”; says Sir Roger Moore, who played the iconic super-spy in seven Bond films, ranging from 1973’s Live and Let Die to 1985’s A View to a Kill. “But they wouldn’t be Bond for the simple reason that wasn’t what Ian Fleming wrote.”;
Speaking with the U.K.’s Daily Mail, the 88-year-old actor clarified his remarks: “It is not about being homophobic or, for that matter, racist – it is simply about being true to the character.”;
This isn’t the first time Moore has stepped in it when discussing Bond; back in March, he created controversy by discussing rumours that Luther star Idris Elba may take over the role. “A few years ago, I said that Cuba Gooding Jr. would make an excellent Bond, but it was a joke! Although James may have been played by a Scot, a Welshman and an Irishman, I think he should be “English-English.'”;
Despite Sir Roger’s views, his successor Daniel Craig seems perfectly at ease with the idea of a gay or female Bond. “Anything. Anything’s possible,”; Craig told AP. “I mean that’s the wonderful thing about this business; it’s like you can do anything and as long as it’s credible and it works and it’s good, then it doesn’t matter.”;
Spectre director Sam Mendes offered a slightly different take. “Can I imagine? Of course you can imagine anything. Do I think about it personally? No,”; he told AP. “What you need to remember is that all of this, the debate, the excitement over it, the “I think Bond should be this,’ “I think Bond should be that’ – that’s part of the joy of what Bond is. Bond is a myth, it’s owned by its audience, it’s owned by particularly the U.K. and the people who love it here and it’s really a home-grown thing and I think it’s something to be celebrated and that people have opinions about it could be taken a little too seriously sometimes.”;