We already know that Daniel Craig is stepping away from the James Bond franchise, leaving plenty wondering who should be the next Agent 007 — though from what we’ve seen, the jury has returned and ruled that Idris Elba (“Luther,” “The Wire”) would be a fantastic Bond.
Speaking of “The Wire,” star Dominic West floated the idea of a transgender James Bond in an interview with the U.K. Sunday Times, saying it “would be cool.”
With Daniel Craig on his way out, actors believe it's time for a transgender James Bond https://t.co/KvJhe90Gql
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) December 31, 2018
That was all it took to inspire The Daily Beast to reach out to some transgender actors who would be proud to play the role:
[“Transparent” star Ian] Harvie has long daydreamed of playing 007, so getting the chance to don the tuxedo — or to watch one of his peers do it — would be personally meaningful.
“As someone who has been told over and over again through social messaging (and sometimes directly to my face) that I am someone who is not allowed to own my masculinity, that I am not a real man, that only cis white men are allowed to own masculinity, it would feel like a major triumph if I or one of my trans actor friends were to be cast in such a hypermasculine role as Bond,” said Harvie.
“Only cis white men are allowed to own masculinity?” Do people just instinctively insert the word “white men” into every tweet now to ensure there’s a racial component? Elba owns plenty of masculinity, doesn’t he?
Seeing how trans activists essentially killed a trans-positive movie by shaming Scarlett Johansson off of the project, we’re not in the best frame of mind to hear what they demand on screen.
If there was demand for a trans spy, someone would create one. This isn't about "inclusion," this is about destroying everything liberals hate – a man's man who kicks ass & sleeps with beautiful women without apologizing. Alpha-males must be destroyed, libs only tolerate pussies. https://t.co/c5BhA1DIkH
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) December 31, 2018
Derek gets a little hypermasculine sometimes.
That would change the character so much it wouldn’t be the same.
— goalpost moving co. (@ThatGuyFromHRL) December 31, 2018
— Jon franks (@Franksj81) December 31, 2018
Just because Dominic West ( I think it was) made some flippant comment, doesn’t mean people are clamouring for it.
— Lesley G (@Specialdiet1) December 31, 2018
I always thought that the idea of making a move was to make money.
— David Walsh (@Dgw4806) December 31, 2018
You do realize these films have to make money. You need a good actor not one solely based on sexuality. You also need a box office draw. If a Trans actor auditions and is find to fit the bill, so be it. Don't force the issue.
— stasiakay (@stasiakay) December 31, 2018
Let's test that one at the box office.
— Human Tornado (@abelljr60) December 31, 2018
Which will bomb at the box office
— James york (@Bluesjamhawaii) December 31, 2018
Personally I want to see an octogenarian female bond, and I want the film to be about penguins and narrative by Benedict cumberbatch and somehow involve blockchain
— Lloyd Waldo (@LloydWaldo) December 31, 2018
— Roberto Lago (@RobertoLago) December 31, 2018
— Just Be (@JustBeBaby18) December 31, 2018
— ❌Liberty❌?? (@coolioabc) December 31, 2018
007 faces his most deadly enemy, Cultural Marxism?
— EROB (@SocraticTruth) December 31, 2018
It shouldn’t matter what demographic plays Bond. What matters is if the actor can accurately and effectively portray James Bond. I don’t want a transgender Bond, I want James Bond. If he’s played by a transgender actor, I don’t care, so long as he’s good.
— R. Chase Brindisi (@RBrindisi12) December 31, 2018
Sorry but that would be the death of the Bond 007 brand. James should always be a handsome, witty, and outrageously brave, sometimes womanizing man.
— Teresa B. Lucas (@tblucas51) December 31, 2018
Did we skip over a black James Bond?
— Samuel B. Roberts (@maravillage44) December 31, 2018
Like we said, the people have spoken, and they do not want to skip over a black James Bond.
Time for a black James Bond. The handsome and talented @idriselba Let's make it happen, fans.
— Loretta (@lettienets) December 31, 2018
I think it needs to be @idriselba!
— Brad T. Snyder (@bradtsnyder) December 31, 2018
How about @idriselba first!!!!
— Amy Govea (@govea_amy) December 31, 2018
Mmm. No. How about Idris first
— pathetictweets (@tweets_toomuch) December 31, 2018
IDRIS first please! pic.twitter.com/zoN2ST3Q8a
— Shelly #StandsWithNancyPelosi (@MarvinGardens55) December 31, 2018
— Jon Lambert (@pogojoe2011) December 31, 2018
Trans culture critic explains why Scarlett Johansson deserved outrage for wanting to play a trans person https://t.co/2VUmYvWq85
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) July 14, 2018