progressive activists urging producers of 007 Franchise for LGBT makeover
British actor Dominic West was among a group of progressive activists urging producers of the traditional James Bond franchise to abandon 007’s male gender roots and cast a transgender for the next Bond.
West insisted there are plenty of transgender individuals in the UK’s military to support making the next MI6 agent male-to-female.
“They should have a transgender Bond because there are a lot of transgender people in the army. That’s a brilliant idea,” West told the Sunday Times.
West even had his ideas for the role, suggesting Hannah Graf, whom the Independent states is the “highest-ranking transgender soldier in the British army.”
Graf is married to his transgender partner, Jake Graf – both of whom have appeared in the film.
Telling the British media she though ti was a great idea:
“I don’t think I’m going to become an actress anytime soon, but there’s no reason why there shouldn’t be a transgender Bond. We’ve seen too many men in hero-type roles and women playing second fiddle.”
But liberal progressive may not get what they want anytime soon.
Longtime producers of James Bond, the Broccoli family, have frequently ruffled at the thought of intentionally changing Ian Fleming’s signature character.
Barbara Broccoli, the series’ executive producer, ruled out the idea of a female Bond earlier this year.
“Bond is male,” Broccoli she told the Guardian.
“He’s a male character. He was written as a male, and I think he’ll probably stay as a male.”
“Let’s just create more female characters and make the story fit those female characters,” she added.
Viewers can expect a modern and up to date Bond, but it’s not venturing into the LGBT realms just yet.
The Bond character, written int he 1950s, was modeled om Fleming himself.
Current Bond, Daniel Craig’s wife, seemed to agree with Broccoli’s comments.
“Why not create your own story rather than jumping onto the shoulders and being compared to all these other male predecessors? Women are fascinating and interesting and should get their own stories,” she said.
In July, we reported Supergirl was to have an LGBT makeover for its next TV series as it becomes the first of its kind to star a transgender superhero.
The choice for a transgender Superhero was announced Comic-Con in San Diego, California.
Actor and campaigner Nicole Maines will play the character Nia Nal, who is known by the superhero name Dreamer.