Riding off the recent success of The Gray Man, the Russo brothers recently did an interview with The Radio Times and revealed who their pick for the next James Bond would be. It’s none other than British actor Regé-Jean Page who recently starred in The Gray Man alongside two other pretty boys, Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans.
Page is in high demand in Hollywood ever since his appearance as Simon Basset in Bridgerton, and you’ll also soon see him as The Paladin in Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves. Joe Russo gushed:
“He’s fantastic. I mean, he has more charisma in his pinky (racist) than most people do in their entire body, so you know, we’d watch him do anything – I mean we’d watch him read the phonebook!”
“Yeah, he’s a very savvy performer and has so much charm.”
The Elephant In The Room
Ok, let’s get this over and done with. No.
Page clearly has the looks. He seems to have the acting chops too. My wife watches Bridgerton and tells me he’s one charming mo-fo. Fine, all absolutely fantastic attributes for a leading man. But James Bond is white and he should stay that way.
Some of you can start crying “muh racism” but it’s nothing to do with it. I strongly believe that main characters of established franchises, particularly one as huge as Bond should not, under any circumstances be race or gender swapped.
There are enough white, British actors who could take on the mantle of Bond. You know Henry Cavill gets my vote but you could include Richard Madden, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Tom Hardy, Sam Heughan or Tom Hiddleston to name a few.
If Hollywood want a suave, black man, secret service agent, then invent a new character. Simple as that.
Race And Gender Swapping Trend
I’m not totally against Hollywood’s latest virtue signalling trend. We’ve had plenty of examples where it’s worked, but I stress that none of them are even remotely as established as James Bond.
Denzel Washington makes a great Equalizer, Queen Latifah doesn’t. But then The Equalizer was a TV show from 1985 that only ran for four seasons.
Starbuck from Battlestar Galactica was gender swapped from Dirk Benedict to Katee Sackhoff. You can argue that she was a new character who just had the Starbuck call sign.
Johnny Storm in Josh Trank’s ill fated Fantastic Four was race swapped to Michael B. Jordan. Nick Fury is now played by Samuel L. Jackson. MJ is now Zendaya. Catwoman is Zoe Kravitz, Perry White is Lawrence Fishburne, and the list goes on and on.
The fact is that even though they may be established characters, they are supporting characters to a bigger franchise. These characters are not remotely in the same league as Bond.
Bond has been around for 69 years. He’s been in 25 movies, five radio broadcasts and 57 novels and counting. James Bond is white, he’s heterosexual and he’s a he. Leave James Bond alone!