It’s hard to argue No time to die, 25th James Bond film from Eon Productions, without massive spoilers. Some things are happening that will fundamentally change the way you view the character and the franchise. No, he’s not moving to Seattle and starting a food cooperative, but it’s close.
What we can say for sure is that Daniel Craig has finally officially abdicated the role of 007. As these films always promise, “James Bond Will Return” – but as who? Will it be another white man? Can Eon take another big risk and occupy a black person or woman? Or will they keep the status quo and find a guy who acts kind of like Daniel Craig?
At this week’s Galaxy Brains, special guest co-host Jon Gabrus and I’ll be joined by comedian and Bond fan Paul F. Tompkins to share our love for the British super spy and speculate on who will get into the Aston Martin DB5 next.
As always, this conversation has been edited to make it sound less strange.
Dave: Who is the next James Bond and is it Kumail Nanjiani?
Paul: I will say this. You will never let anyone play James Bond who doesn’t have a British accent. They will never allow anyone who was not born in the UK to ever play James Bond.
Jon: I support this rule. I don’t care about race, creed, color, gender or anything. But I think you have to have a British native accent. It’s the only rule. I am with you
Paul: But see, I find it kind of unfair. We had an English superman. That’s fucked up.
Dave: It always goes the other way, right?
Paul: Yes, exactly.
Dave: I understand and agree with you that James Bond should be British, but George Lazenby is from Australia. He was Australian and we know that accent sounds like death and shouldn’t be James Bond. I have no problem with the Australians. I have a problem with her accent and possibly James Bond. It just doesn’t work for me.
Paul: Didn’t he make a British accent or an English accent?
Dave: He tried. He definitely tried an English accent for James Bond.
Paul: My wife and I said that afterwards, it can’t be Idris Elba. He’s already too old. Like the way they do these films. Now you have to find someone who is 40 or less.
John: I think Hollywood 40 is culturally 28.
Dave: Daniel Craig dragged his ass afterwards spook to the point where he said, “I’d rather slit my wrists than do another one of those movies.”
Jon: Well, he says straight out: “The stunts are tough now.” And that’s the best relatable shit in the world! He says, “Dude, I just did it” Knife out. I sat in his sweater and played with the best actors of my generation. ”
Dave: When you look at the behind-the-scenes photos of Roger Moore Mondrakerhe sat smoking a cigar and eating a turkey sandwich. He doesn’t have to do anything.
Paul: I think he’s in the background for some stunt scenes.
Jon: “Well, that was the facility we had money for.” Who do we want? Who would we love to see as James Bond if we followed our own rules of the British accent? I mean, it would be tough to see Michaela Coel von I can destroy you.
Dave: Yes sir.
Jon: I was trying to think of someone who would be surprising to dress them up and get badass and who is also British and has some juice that people want to see in the movie. That’s where my brain landed.
Paul: That’s the thing now, it has to be someone who is a well-known figure, like back in the days of “We ran a nationwide talent search.” It’s over. It has to be someone who makes you say, “Oh, I like this person.”
Jon: I didn’t think of it until you said it before. The age has to be right because they may register films for 12 years.
Dave: And all the press, and you have to stay in shape, and you don’t appear in sweatpants. Dev Patel got whirled around quite a bit. Dev is incredibly handsome. Everyone loves him. Everyone thinks he’s sexy and cool. I don’t know if you saw it The Green Knightbut that was a movie where he just lived in gravitas and sexual attraction, wore a sword and did all these cool things. I think he would really be more meaningful than a black James Bond. Have a South Asian James Bond? Because of the history of British colonialism. So I think Dev Patel would be great and able to do all the things you need and it would really send a signal to the people in the UK.
Jon: And the press around Dev Patel is yoked or hand-to-hand training or whatever. You know, there’s going to be a lot of Instagram thirst and shit for him – including you.