How are we feeling about Jane Bond?
It’s not news that Daniel Craig is on his last James Bond movie: he has at least five movies in his contract (making him the third longest-serving Bond). With Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, and Spectre tucked under his belt, we’ve got one more ride with Daniel Craig.
There are plenty of candidates for who will be Bond after Craig, with Idris Elba and Tom Hiddleston as popular favorites, but what about a female Jane Bond? There have been some female candidates that fans are begging producers to cast to play a genderbent James Bond. Although some Bond fans aren’t too big on the idea, having a female Bond could definitely breathe fresh life into the franchise and into the narrative. Here’s why:
- Male Bonds have always been free to behave as promiscuously as they so desire. I think it would be great to see a female Bond who behaves the same way, unafraid of her sexuality and readily embracing it. There’s definitely a type of confidence that comes from embracing that sexual power, and I think it would be a great thing to see. And would it really be so bad to introduce lesbian Bond girls or Bond boys?
- On top of that, Male Bonds have always been characteristically defined by their masculinity. But masculinity and femininity are all on a spectrum; why should masculinity be strictly observed through a male perspective? I think it would be interesting to bring the element of spectrum into the discussion: does Bond’s strident masculinity interfere with his ability to do his job properly? Do his flaws and unhealthy coping mechanisms sprout from his denial of femininity, or because they’re actual vices, or is it both?
- Male Bonds have always had a completely heteronormative narrative. But again, sexuality is on a spectrum: why not add a female Bond into the mix and see how stigmas against sexuality change the way the narrative behaves? On top that, the sexual objectification of women in Bond could really be challenged in a way that doesn’t simply ask for women who are educated and beautiful, but for real women with flaws and positive qualities.
The entire character and interpretation of James Bond has evolved from actor to actor, but his job is still the same: kick ass and get the girl at the end of the film. Adding in a female perspective offers so many creative possibilities: maybe Bond has a bigger chip on her shoulder due to the discrimination of her sex? Maybe she’s the underdog in all the fights she’s facing? Maybe she is attracted to the film’s antagonist and sleeps with him or her, and begins to form a genuine affection for them?
Are you ready to meet Miss. Bond?