[Kyle A.] Daniel Kaluuya and I’m ready to die on this hill.

Competition Brief: Competition Brief: Who Should Be the Next James bond and Does it Matter?

Beginning in 1962, James Bond has been a staple of the film industry ever since.

In order, he has been portrayed by:

  • Sean Connery (1962 – 1971), David Niven (1967), George Lazenby (1969), Roger Moore (1973 – 1985), Timothy Dalton (1987 – 1989), Pierce Brosnan (1995 – 2002), Daniel Craig (2006 – 2021)

The classic character, a British Secret Agent, is set in contemporary setting and perhaps that’s just it. The contemporary setting is not a static things. The real life British Secret Service certainly cannot be stagnant and must evolve and so why not the artistic franchises that reflect it?

Government intelligence agencies are fundamentally pragmatic institutions. Art, and the world of art, has the option at least to be anything but pragmatic. It can serve any number of purposes including nostalgia, social commentary, or nothing but the joy of its creation.

Art, in the form of blockbuster movies at least, is tied to business and business, no surprise, must be pragmatic. Here, at the intersection of art, culture, and business lies an important intersection of considerations. The tremendous success of the James Bond franchise means that the decision cannot help but go unnoticed even though, fundamentally, what difference does it make? From X-ray shades to alligator submarines and laser space battles, James Bond routinely forays into the ridiculous and so should we, the public, even care who plays this fanciful figment of imagination?

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Statement of Fact
  • James Bond is based on a fictional character from the novels by Ian Fleming.
  • The first movie was release in 1962.
  • Daniel Craig was the last actor to play the iconic character.
  • Daniel Craig is retiring and this opens the way for another to take his spot.

Before every iteration of a beloved character is put to the big screen, whether it be Batman, Sherlock Holmes, or Katniss Everdeen; one thing is for certain. There will be blood. The passing of the torch, as history has shown, has never been a tranquil event. Subreddits commence war against each other, trending hashtags on Twitter showcase arguments that easily violate the Geneva Conventions, Buzzfeed makes its quarterly earnings off of clickbait articles, and all because we got Robert Pattinson as Batman.

Oh, the horror.

But I’m not here to talk about Batman. I’m here to convince you that Superman should not be James Bond.

Henry Cavill is Britain’s sweetheart, and for good reason. The man is a walking masterpiece. He’s tall, built, good looking, is imbued with incredible charisma, and the cherry on top? He’s a dork. The man is one of the biggest nerds I’ve ever seen on the big screen and I love him for it. So why shouldn’t he be James Bond?

In essence, Cavill shouldn’t be the next James Bond, because he is currently building his legacy in other areas of the film industry that should be respected. With the recent revival of his portrayal as Superman making an appearance in Black Adam (2022), Cavill is this generation’s Man of Steel. An encumbering mantle to carry, considering the breadth covered by superhero movies since the birth of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In addition to this point, Cavill has also been depicted as a spy in other adaptations. To list a few these include, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.(2015), and his upcoming films Argylle(2023), and The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare(TBA). Considering the fact that two of the three movies listed are directed by the spy movie connoisseur himself, Guy Ritchie; Cavill’s current CV, and his updated resumẻ to be seen in a couple years, already showcase some of the biggest names in the spy movie industry. This being said, who is most fit to wield the vodka martini (shaken, not stirred), and carry the title of 007?

I believe this honor should go to Daniel Kaluuya. Now, I’m ready to die on this hill; so if you wanna use that pitchfork, go right ahead, but allow me the burden of explaining.

Kaluuya is stylish, sleek, and powerful on screen. He’s exemplified this in countless breathtaking experiences on the screen. These include Get Out (2017), Judas and the Black Messiah (2021), and Nope (2022). He offers a sense of urgency that hasn’t been replicated by another actor. When his character is in a panic, you feel that sweat break on your own forehead. I believe Kaluuya has the opportunity to offer us a Bond we haven’t seen before. One with emotion and a violent passion without sacrificing the suave mentality we all love about Bond. You want to recreate Bond, changing just enough to make the new saga refreshing, but not so much that the original character is lost in the creative process. Serve the martini, but if it’s not shaken, we won’t drink it. Superman can’t hold his liquor. Daniel Kaluuya will.

Kyle A: I have plenty of experience throughout my professional and academic life with writing. Very passionate about my writing. I love picking up extra jobs here and there on this site to improve my skills and get more exposure, as I hope to make a living with my words.

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