While Daniel Craig hangs up his tux and heads to a beach (maybe?) for a few years, Sony and the powers that be are working furiously to cast the next James Bond. And while names like Tom Hiddleston have been tossed into the mix, it seems the don’t want to take a traditional route. Whatever that means.
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones’ Mother of Dragons herself, has recently said she “would love to play James Bond.” And she even has her “Bond Boy” in mind: Leonardo DiCaprio. Brilliant! While Emilia Clarke may not be the first female choice to play “Jane” Bond, she might be an interesting take. Cate Blanchett has always been my leader in the clubhouse when the whole female Bond discussion comes up. Emily Blunt is a close second. But beyond whether or not Clarke is the right female choice, why not give her a shot?
Having a female play Bond would definitely ruffle the feathers of a toxic base of fanboys who cry foul whenever the loves of their childhood lives are upended by gender or race decisions. Think how the Ghostbusters haters would react! It would be greatness. Not to mention the fact males have ample super spy heroes to latch onto – namely Jason Bourne.
It makes perfect sense to change Bond’s gender, to inject life into the stilted franchise which ever-so-briefly upended the film series when Craig came on board before falling back into all the problems that plagued Pierce Brosnan’s run. Let’s see what Emilia Clarke has.