The James Bond icon is looking for a buyer

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(AFP) – An heir (or an heiress) for James Bond? Daniel Craig’s scheduled farewell to Her Majesty’s most famous spy role raises the question of the succession of a character who must remain both iconic and up-to-date.

For fifteen years, James Bond had the eyes of Daniel Craig. The 53 year-old actor, who donned the costume for the first time in 2006 with “Casino Royale” and had agreed to re-stack for a final episode, this time should leave its place.

Not easy to replace it : in five films, including “Skyfall” and “Specter”, Daniel Craig will have known how to bring his paw to the character of the agent with the license to kill, without upsetting the fundamentals set up by the writer Ian Fleming there 70 years.

Daniel Craig “sublimated the human side of the character”, exploiting the ‘idea of ​​a James Bond “credible, who doubts, who is afraid, who is a killer but has feelings”, summarizes for AFP the specialist in the saga Laurent Pierrot, co-author in particular of “Cult replicas of the Bond saga “, which comes out this fall.

A year after the death of Sean Connery, who had inaugurated the character in the years 1960 as a manly hero until the caricature, the cast the pl us ran the planet is open again.

– Send a message? –

Production will benefit Does she want to take a step towards diversity, or even entrust the role to a woman, definitely taking liberties with the work of Ian Fleming?

On paper , the actor must be “young, vigorous and attractive, it is the founding triptych. At the time, the morphotype was that of a white man, but nothing prevents to imagine a black, Asian Bond. . “, explains Guillaume Evin, author of numerous books on James Bond, including” Bond, la Légende en 25 films “, published this fall.

A choice that would send a message, in a film industry which never ceases to question its propensity to perpetuate stereotypes: hypothesis to entrust the role to the black British actor Idris Elba (“The Wire”, “Luther”), supported by an ex-0 007, Pierce Brosnan, has already elicited many racist comments.

As for the idea of ​​a J ames Bond feminine, she does not seem to hold the rope: in “Dying can wait”, James Bond tries to taste retirement and it is a young recruit, Nomi, who collects the number “0 07 “.

On the screen, it is therefore 31 year-old black British actress, Lashana Lynch, who is expected to don the spy costume but not take her name , a way of “strengthening the female characters” without replacing James Bond himself, underlines Guillaume Evin. A small revolution which has already earned the actress a smear campaign on social networks.

Asked about the subject by the magazine “Radio Times”, Daniel Craig underlined that “better roles for women and actors of color” were needed. “Why should a woman play James Bond, when there should instead be roles as good as James Bond, but created for a woman?”

– Tom Hardy, Luke Evans … –

All combinations are possible: face known to all as was at the time Roger Moore with the series “The Saint” and “Amicalement Vôtre” or less identified talent? Subject of His Majesty or American star?

One of the most cited names is that of Tom Hardy, who has been widely proven, for example in “Mad Max: Fury Road “or at Christopher Nolan taking on the role of villain opposite BGBatman (” The Dark Knight Rises “).

But his age (44 years) could work against him: if it takes a little bottle to play a hero like James Bond, the next one will probably be chosen so that he can last until horizon 2030 – 2035.

Other names are regularly put forward, including those cited by bookmakers: Rege-Jean Page, the hero of “The Chronicle of the Bridgerton”, James Norton, adulated on the small British screen, or even Luke Evans, seen in big productions like “Fast and Furious” …

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