Not even James Bond is safe from today’s politically correct climate.
Rather than create a cinematic equal to the “007” movies with a female lead, “Thor” actor Chris Hemsworth wants to see a woman overtake the beloved James Bond role, and he already has a name in mind — “Mad Max” star Charlize Theron.
“She embodies every ounce of strength and nobility and dignity and integrity that that character should have,” Hemsworth told W magazine during a discussion about Theron’s upcoming film, “Atomic Blonde,” which has been dubbed “the first female 007.”
There has been speculation about the future of the role of James Bond since 2015, when actor Daniel Craig played the British Secret Service agent in “Spectre.” However, despite saying at the time that he would rather “slash my wrists” than play the Bond character again, it appears Craig has signed on for a fifth installment of the series.
Some, though, are ready for Craig to pass the mantle. Last month, actor Ian McKellen, who came out as gay in 1988, said he’s all-in for a gay Bond and is certain Ian Fleming, who created the fictional character, would be on board with the idea.
As for Theron, W magazine seems convinced it is a woman’s turn to star in the famous Bond role.
“[Theron’s] smart as hell. She’s physically able. Ya know watching her in those fight scenes, doing it in high heels by the way and 8-foot long gown [in ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’], was even more impressive,” Hemsworth recalled. “And I just think why not? It’s time.”
Theron responded to Hemsworth’s suggestion, telling Entertainment Tonight she was equally flattered and overwhelmed by the suggestion.
“Wow, that’s just so insanely generous and nice. I don’t even know what to do with that,” she said of Hemsworth’s kind words. “That’s really sweet.”
Theron, however, was quick to say that taking the role from Craig would be — in her words — “cray cray.”
“Daniel, you got the job,” she said. “I am not going to take that job away from you.”
So for now, at least, it appears James Bond is safe.