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part of a small rebellion | by maryann johanson

curated: is it time for James Bond to retire?

I say yes.

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  • Kate W

    Yes, but what franchise can I use to meet my overwhelming desire for gadgets on film if Bond goes? I’m still yearning for my invisible car.

  • Plenty of other spies to tell gadget-filled stories about.

  • Danielm80


    If the film gets made, it will be just as historically accurate as the Bond films.

  • Tonio Kruger

    People don’t exactly watch the Bond films for historical accuracy any more than they read Jane Austen novels for the swordfight scenes.

  • Tonio Kruger

    People have been arguing for the character’s retirement since the end of the 1960s but as long as the franchise makes money, I don’t see that happening.

  • The linked article makes an excellent case why not a black Bond.

  • Danielm80

    I was reading a book not too long ago about Buffalo Bill Cody, who helped create the mythology of the Wild West. He massacred Native Americans and then performed in Wild West shows that made his actions look noble and heroic. They were hugely popular and made an enormous amount of money. The book reminded me how dangerous a powerful story can be. Our country still glorifies violence and bigotry and toxic masculinity, and it’s partly because of him. But near the end of his life, he employed large numbers of American Indians who had trouble finding work anyplace else, because of the prejudice he’d inflamed.

    James Bond is another myth that needs to die. A black Bond would add some diversity to the world, and Idris Elba is a great actor, but no matter how much money the franchise makes, we’d be better off if 007 had been retired in the 1960s.

  • Bluejay

    Ah, so THAT’S why I’ve been so dissatisfied with the Austen novels! I wanted more of this:



  • Idris Elba in an action spy drama would be amazing. But that doesn’t mean he has to be Bond. Time to invent a new character!

  • RogerBW

    Film Bond is not as bad as Book Bond, who comes straight out of Ian Fleming’s fantasies, but I think there have been plenty of stories about “good guys shoot, stab, strangle, poison bad guys” and we don’t really need lots more. We have the DVDs…

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