Spectre hasn’t hit theatres yet but there has been no shortage of discussion about the James Bond franchise over the past couple of weeks as rumours continue to circulate about who might be next in line to play 007. For quite a while now there has been a very vocal contingent campaigning for a black actor to take on the role with Idris Elba apparently at the top of that list of possibilities. Anthony Horowitz, author of the upcoming Bond novel Trigger Mortis, put his foot in his mouth last month when he suggested that Elba might be “too street” for the part, although the real question is if he might be too old. Recently Damian Lewis (Homeland) has surfaced as another contender along with Tom Hardy and even Emily Blunt. But before any of these can be considered we have to ask… why is everyone so eager to get rid of Daniel Craig?
In a recent interview with Time Out magazine, Craig said that he would rather slash his wrists than do another Bond movie, but it was obviously said with the understanding that he just finished an exhausting shoot and it was how he felt at that particular moment. He has stated that he is contractually obligated to do one more movie after this, but back in 2011 it was being reported that they had made him an offer to star in five more movies after Skyfall and that he would potentially break Roger Moore’s record of seven straight Bond movies. That now seems unlikely, but if Spectre is as big as Skyfall was, anything is possible. What do you think? Is it almost time for Daniel Craig to throw in the towel or should he keep going as long as he can? Is the world ready for James Bond to be someone other than a white male? Who would you like to see as the next James Bond? Give us your thoughts here on Open Forum Friday.