Friday, July 08, 2011

Here we go again...

UK's Daily Mail - currently basking in the glow of being a British tabloid NOT shuttered by a horrific phone-hacking scandal - reports that the next installment of the rebooted James Bond series has found it's Miss Moneypenny: Naomi Harris, late of "28 Days Later" and "Pirates of the Carribbean."

If this is legit, it will make Harris the sixth actress (three in the "main" series plus two in the "side" films); and the first black actress to play the role. That second part will, of course, pass by largely un-remarked-upon and will not at all generate bleats of outrage from "racially-conscious" white people about "losing" this or that artifact of pop-culture; as everybody got that out of their system on "Thor"...

...right? ;)

16 comments:

Danny said...

Has the news of the world phone hacking scandal really reached the US news? And BTW, the daily mail have been somewhat light on their criticism of the NOTW, suggesting they have been doing the same. Anyway, seems like good casting. Hopefully they can find someone good to play Q (Michael Caine, I'm looking at you).

Adam said...

I always thought the Bond franchise of movies operated on a somewhat Simpsons-like formula in that each story was its own thing and there was no real ongoing continuity unless they felt like mentioning it: thus allowing them to change whatever they want without any real issue (like Judi Dench being Q and such). Do I have this wrong? I'm not really a Bond guy.

Mads said...

@ Adam

Well...the two newest have been heavy on the continuity, but in the brosnan era, it was toned down somewhat.

James Bond is a phenomenon first, a franchise second. It could be that's changed with the new guy, but who knows.

Dave from canada said...

@adam pretty much.

It's accepted at this point that the characters will keep changing actors. There have been 2 qs, several ms, a half dozen bonds, and felix leiter kept changing back and forth from being a black man.

Knight The Arsonist said...

Holy shit, racially inclusive comments in the Mail? Because that paper is HELLA racist.

And Bob, the Mail does it too. All the British tabloids have been pulling this shit, they just haven't gotten caught yet. Our stricter libel laws mean they have to work harder and dirtier for their underhanded headlines. I have it on good authority that most politicians have been putting up with this crap for years. People only care now that normal, unfortunate people have been struck.

A Tribe Called Helloween said...

She gets fucking vagina naked in a photo I found on google, so she has my vote.

A Tribe Called Helloween said...

To be brutally honest, the Bond movies should have stopped being made 15 years ago, after Goldeneye. It should have been that as a "reunion" movie, and then it should have stopped.

While I don't have any problems with Daniel Craig as Bond, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace were massive piles of dogshit and anyone who liked them are pituitary retards who shouldn't have been watching Bond movies to begin with.

Bob has made not one but two videos proclaiming more or less the same feeling, that Bond has just become another boring Jason Bourne knockoff.

TheAlmightyNarf said...

Ok, are you seriously going to pull this "everyone was outraged over a black guy in Thor" bullshit every time there's a racial change up in a movie? Everyone else was past this the day after Thor came out.

Get the fuck over it, man.

Arturo said...

Tia Dalma = Moneypenny??
Interesting...

Rob said...

I thought MGM scrapped it because they were broke.

Phantos said...

"Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace were massive piles of dogshit and anyone who liked them are pituitary retards who shouldn't have been watching Bond movies to begin with."

Keep up the contradictory EDGY talk, refusal to back up anything you say and baseless name-calling to people who disagree. The internet's never seen that before.

No really, we'll all lavish praise and fame upon you for being so unique and tellin' it like it is.

That'll show the other boys at school for making fun of you for not getting the big boy hairs yet. YOU'LL SHOW THE WHOLE WORLD YOU PRECIOUS SNOWFLAKE, YOU!

Just Gavin said...

Well Moneypenny was never a member of the Clan or a massive racist, so her character was never tied to her race, so whatever, and that's my general view on any ethnicity casting. If race isn't part of the character than whatever.

Oh, and to the troll talking about Casion Royale being bad, shut up. Casino Royale balanced the light heartedness of Bond and the darker more realistic tones brilliantly.

So now can we cast Q?

Aiddon said...

Fine by me. And yes, I'm not looking forward to idiots whining about a black woman being cast as Moneypenny. I say we get Christopher Lee or Sean Connery to shut some morons up. I will miss Samantha Bond though.

Laserkid said...

Unlike the Marvel universe which keeps a continuity over decades, and such changing ANYTHING about the characters will piss off fanboys to some degree, the James Bond series has changes in who plays who ALL the time - its much less prone to fanboy screaming because of this.

For example, once upon a time M was played by a guy, then came Goldeneye with the then forward female M - no one complained.

I will not complain here either, because the ONLY case for a bond continuity I've seen is that different people take the same codenames over time - which actually makes some sense.

TldR: 007's dynamics make bitching about this extremely unlikely

TonyCoog said...

Bob, you can never trust the Daily Mail, this is the newspaper who said Eddie Murphy was going to be The Riddler in Christopher Nolan's final Batman film and they likened the performance of Chloe Grace Moretz in Kick-Ass to the murder of James Bulger (a toddler beaten to death by two 10/11 year olds) and as a result I think they are trying to work out a way to legally execute her. Plus they say everything gives you cancer, watch this video if you don't believe me. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTu7GLfrmUI

Ralphael said...

I'm not annoyed that she's black, i'm just annoyed she's in it at all.

Monneypenny, just like Q, doesn't belong in this new Bond universe.

Also, A tribe called helloween is a fucking idiot