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    Race, Gender, and James Bond

    Debate surrounding the possibility of Idris Elba and, more recently, Gillian Anderson succeeding Daniel Craig as Bond raises questions about identity politics in franchise casting. Should racial and gender minorities strive to make inroads into existing franchises, or should they reject the homogenizing culture of the franchise in favor of more independent and original work? How do these questions relate to the concept of fan culture, and its potentially racist and sexist undertones?

    • Though possibly not a politically correct statement, I must admit that I would be absolutely disappointed to see Gillian Anderson as Bond. Though she is a phenomenal actress, I do believe James Bond should be played by a male. This franchise has been in existence for almost 40 years. As for Idris Elba...for him to be overlooked due to, as ignorant articles have suggested, his being too "hood," is asinine. He would be a wonderful Bond; he's charismatic, charming, commanding of the audience, and a versatile actor. Therefore, I am arguing against the gender aspect, but in favor of the racial facet. What I find disappointing is the manner in which people are discussing these topics. – danielle577 8 years ago
    • I think the backlash of switching the gender of James Bond would be greater than the backlash of the Ghostbusters reboot and I don't trust the Bond franchise to produce any more quality movies. The next Bond being a woman and the movie being bad coupled with a failed Ghostbuster reboot I think would solidify woman = replacements for mainstream audiences – Atticus 8 years ago

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    It would be interesting to take this analysis deeper and look at queer readings of the actual fairy tales on which many of these films are based. I’d imagine there’s potentially a lot to be said about transgressions of sexual and gender norms in the European folklore, and how those continue to influence contemporary Western culture.

    Is the World Ready for an LGBTQ Disney Princess (or Prince)?

    Interesting. I actually got in a fight with someone who said that Straight Outta Compton was irresponsible for its deviation from fact. I disagree; as we see here it’s okay for a biopic to be more pic than bio. In fact, it’s more interesting that way.

    On an unrelated note, I’m a big fan of the movie Walk Hard. It’s such a great parody of the more formulaic musical biopic.

    The New Wave of Biopics

    I think there is a point at which the audience is no longer supposed to root for Walter. In fact, there is a point at which he stops rooting for himself. In season 3 (?) he tells Jesse that he’s lived too long. He remembers the night that he let Jane die, and says that he never should have left home. “Oh, if I had just lived right up to that moment,” he says “and not one second more. That would have been perfect.” I think Jane’s death is also the point at which he becomes a full-blown psychopath, and thus no longer heroic.

    Breaking Bad: The Appeal of Walter White