Long Live James Bond and His License to Trigger

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Posted: Oct 12, 2021 12:30 PM

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PARIS – Is anyone else disturbed by the idea that espionage author Ian Fleming’s James Bond character, currently depicted on silver screens worldwide in the latest 007 film, “No Time To Die,” must somehow evolve in order to keep up with modern times? Is nothing sacred anymore in this era of ripping down historical statues and canceling comedians?

“Why a non-white actor should replace Daniel Craig as James Bond,” Forbes argued last year.  “It’s Bond, Jane Bond: 11 Women Who Would Make a Killer 007,” proposed Vogue magazine, citing actresses like Lucy Liu, Lupita Nyong’o, Emily Blunt, and former Bond girl Rosamund Pike for the role.

All of these women are indeed incredibly talented and could pull off a Bond-like action role. Just as Lashana Lynch, in the role as Bond’s colleague — also given the 007 designation within the 00 section of MI6 in this installment — bestowed ample credibility on that casting choice. Her performance laid waste to fears of critics

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