Actress Rachel Weisz is not thrilled about the idea of having a female version of the James Bond character and she rejects the movie idea that many feminists think is a step forward for women in the movie industry, but Weisz says why can’t women create their own unique stories instead, reports The Daily Wire.
In a recent interview with The Telegraph, Weisz, whose husband Daniel Craig actually played James Bond in the most recent adaptation of the films, said “no” to the question if the historically womanizing British secret agent should have a sex change.
Her reasoning is actually much more feminist than what the movie industry thinks is feminist. She thinks women deserve their own original characters, instead of leaching off of an already historic and successful franchise.
“[Fleming] devoted an awful lot of time to writing this particular character, who is particularly male and relates in a particular way to women,“ she said. “Why not create your own story rather than jumping on to the shoulders and being compared to all those other male predecessors? Women are really fascinating and interesting and should get their own stories.”
There have been plenty of woman superheroes and James Bond-like characters that feminists seem to be forgetting about in recent years. Uma Thurman in “Kill Bill” and “Wonder Woman” are just a few examples of what Weisz is talking about interesting roles written for a woman that show off how dynamic and compelling female characters can be.
Social justice warriors have also advocated for a black James Bond, and that also should not be done for precisely the same reasons that Bond should not be female.
As “Black Panther” will show the world this coming weekend, not to mention “Blade” and all things Will Smith, black men are perfectly capable of heading a successful franchise without filling a white man’s shoes.
Speaking with Variety at the Sundance Film Festival, actor Idris Elba reflected on the future identity of James Bond, suggesting that he could be anything.
“Are we interested in having a Bond character other than being a male?” Elba asked. “It could be a woman, could be a black woman, could be a white woman, but I think, that character, everybody would like to see it have — do something different with it, why not?”
When it comes to the entertainment industry, being unique and creative to push through innovative ideas is what’s going to make the most success and the biggest impression for an industry like Hollywood.