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RE: The Black Bond Question - 17/11/2012 11:00:08 PM   
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Salmon isn't that great an actor.


RACIST!!!!


Hey, Homer is not a racist. He may be a liar, a pig, an idiot, a racist, but he is *not* a porn star!

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RE: The Black Bond Question - 18/11/2012 12:34:26 AM   
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But alas, that's diverting the point. As we've already established continuity in the Bond franchise is loose at best, with the odd exception. For what it's worth I don't think anyone pro-Black actors is saying that they'd expect a black actor to walk in to the performance in a film like Skyfall 2 or QoS. It'd be a cleaner break ala Casino Royale or Goldeneye



What you're saying there is pretty much exactly what I've been saying and you've been disagreeing with. That to bring in a black actor you'd have to reboot the character again and break away from current continuity.



You're oversimplifying my point. It all depends where they go with the next film. If they make a direct sequel to Skyfall (ala what QoS was to CR) then it would be a problem, in the same way that it would be were ANY OTHER ACTOR of any ethnicity to take over the role. If it's a case of a completely separate film, say as The World Is Not Enough was to Tomorrow Never Dies then I don't think it would be an issue at all. A soft reboot if you will. A reboot by proxy solely on account of the fact that a new Bond is in town. To be fair I did shoot myself in the foot with the poorly chosen example films, my point would have been better served if I hadn't cited films that were the first for their respective Bonds.


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RE: The Black Bond Question - 18/11/2012 9:55:29 AM   
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Also the "but he's white in the books" argument is just pathetic.


No it's not. It's a bit like saying Peter Jackson could have cast Lord of the Rings with black hobbits. Of course he could have. But he didn't because it would have been daft.

For the record, saying that James Bond is, was, and should be a white character is not racist. Its clear that the character was written as a white man by the author - end of.

I think this debate is largely one held by white people: I doubt very much if the vast majority of black Bond fans give a crap.

There's a part of me that thinks that changing the character to be black is really rather patronising and probably more racist than saying its a daft idea to make a white character black for no particular reason.

Are you saying that black screenwriters and authors can't come up with a viable black hero, they have to appropriate white ones? No, of course you're not. It's really infuriating reading this thread and watching people tip-toe around the word "racism" because someone throws out an idea and then resorts to barrack-room lawyer tactics to label anyone that doesn't agree with that idea a racist.

So ultimately, it seems to me that this whole debate is no longer about a black Bond at all - its about different people's - on this forum's - views on what is racist and what is not.

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RE: The Black Bond Question - 18/11/2012 10:19:35 PM   
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No, he's accusing me and others of racism, which is unfounded, and he knows it. He is being a tit.


For the record I never accused you personally of racism,


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personally for me it makes more sense for Bond to be white and I think he works better as a white character.



Obviously having a preference doesn't make you prejudice against the other option.

I thought the "black bond question" was whether or not a black man could play Bond to which the answer is obviously "yes if he is a good enough actor" maybe I've missed the point of the thread.

Can you imagine going to a high school play based on a Bond movie where Bond was played by a black kid and then openly discussing in front of the kids parents and teachers how you thought they shouldn't have really cast a black kid in that role and that the part should have went to your son because he was white.

It's posts like these that I found to be rather racist:



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ORIGINAL: dolfinack

Bond's a white guy. End of convo.




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ORIGINAL: Workshed

No. Just no.




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ORIGINAL: Dannybohy

Got to be the worst most pointless thread ever. Yet here I am.
Its very simple, NO you can not and should not have a Black Bond. The character is NOT black.
Would we ever have a black Superman?......no....no you won't, not ever




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ORIGINAL: Lydia_H

Asian James Bond? Latino James Bond? Slavic James Bond? Maybe we could have some kind of raffle where each race/country on the planet gets a chance of adopting James Bond as their own? We live in a multicultural society after all, why recognize only blacks and whites?

Could compromise and go for a half caste Bond at least, white mother and black father? Have Bond's parents been established at all? Could make an entire film out of Bond discovering one of his parents was black

What an amazing twist it'd be though if Bond had actually been Russian the whole time!



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ORIGINAL: Monkeyshaver

a black bond would be a gimmick nothing more. Wouldn't it be better to create an original black action hero rather than give an existing white one an ethnic makeover?

I've just had an idea, let's remake Shaft but give Russell Crowe the lead role!!



James Bond is a fictional spy who works for the British secret service.

Britain is made up of white people, black people, asian people, mixed race people, eastern european people and lots of people of various ethnicity's some of whom work for the secret service.

Ergo there is not a single logical reason that Bond can't be played by a black man.

If Daniel Craig hits the sunbeds too much and ends up with a dark tan before the filming of the next film should he get his contract cancelled and a new whiter actor brought in? Of course not, the melanin content of a person skin should not in any way define whether or not they can pretend to be a spy in a movie.





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RE: The Black Bond Question - 18/11/2012 11:27:46 PM   
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How would a Slavic James Bond look any different from Craig and people do know that Latino applies to a whole variety of people who also look very British, right? MY MIND BURNS



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RE: The Black Bond Question - 19/11/2012 4:37:01 AM   
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How would a Slavic James Bond look any different from Craig



I have no idea, there are plenty of slavic people where I live (north-west uk) and I can't tell that there not British until talking to them.

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people do know that Latino applies to a whole variety of people who also look very British, right?


Yeah some Latino people do look British but what does that have to do with anything?

Not trying to be a dick btw just curious why you wrote that.

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RE: The Black Bond Question - 19/11/2012 9:51:36 AM   
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As I said above, is it ok to have a Gay Bond? The character would be exactly the same but likes men instead, and if you would prefer Bond to be straight are you homophobic the same way you're racist if you prefer a white bond

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RE: The Black Bond Question - 19/11/2012 11:12:53 AM   
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Paul wins the thread.

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RE: The Black Bond Question - 19/11/2012 11:22:43 AM   
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As I said above, is it ok to have a Gay Bond? The character would be exactly the same but likes men instead, and if you would prefer Bond to be straight are you homophobic the same way you're racist if you prefer a white bond

But don't you dare call him Jamie!

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RE: The Black Bond Question - 19/11/2012 11:25:40 AM   
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ORIGINAL: paul_lfc

As I said above, is it ok to have a Gay Bond? The character would be exactly the same but likes men instead, and if you would prefer Bond to be straight are you homophobic the same way you're racist if you prefer a white bond


I'd watch it.

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RE: The Black Bond Question - 19/11/2012 11:41:35 AM   
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*comes back into the thread. Looks around.



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RE: The Black Bond Question - 19/11/2012 12:44:15 PM   
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RE: The Black Bond Question - 19/11/2012 1:40:20 PM   
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Bond's tuxedo is always black, isn't that enough?

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RE: The Black Bond Question - 19/11/2012 1:45:10 PM   
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Black Dynamite should be the next Bond...

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RE: The Black Bond Question - 19/11/2012 1:46:42 PM   
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Black Dynamite should be the next Bond...


But only if Daniel Craig can be the next Black Dynamite...

On the subject, I'm thinking Ronnie Corbett would make a brilliant Dolemite.

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RE: The Black Bond Question - 19/11/2012 1:51:02 PM   
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Craig spouting off lines such as "Bullhorn, no! At long last, our friendship bonded by the struggle against The Man has been brought to an end by kung-fu treachery!' = winner.


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RE: The Black Bond Question - 19/11/2012 1:51:17 PM   
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Racists.

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RE: The Black Bond Question - 19/11/2012 1:53:24 PM   
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Also, Johnny or Edgar Winter for the next Alex Cross film.

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RE: The Black Bond Question - 19/11/2012 2:09:06 PM   
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Black Dynamite should be the next Bond...


Hush now, there's a lot of cats called James Bond.

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RE: The Black Bond Question - 19/11/2012 2:23:22 PM   
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Black Dynamite should be the next Bond...


Hush now, there's a lot of cats called James Bond.




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RE: The Black Bond Question - 19/11/2012 2:26:11 PM   
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ORIGINAL: homersimpson_esq


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Black Dynamite should be the next Bond...


Hush now, there's a lot of cats called James Bond.


A veritable Pussy Galore?

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RE: The Black Bond Question - 19/11/2012 2:32:25 PM   
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RE: The Black Bond Question - 19/11/2012 7:19:53 PM   
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WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I know the answer to the problem, and it's an answer everyone will be happy with because it keeps both camps (all of us who are racists and those who aren't [but might be a little bit homophobic])...



It was staring us in the face all along. I don't know why none of us thought of it way back on page one.

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RE: The Black Bond Question - 19/11/2012 7:23:46 PM   
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DANIEL CRAIG IS COMPLETELY WRONG FOR BLACK DYNAMITE.HE'S BLONDE,LOOKS LIKE A THUG,LOOKS LIKE A BOUNCER,LOOKS LIKE A LABOURER,HE ISN'T CHARMING OR SUAVE.

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RE: The Black Bond Question - 19/11/2012 7:38:58 PM   
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That fucking movie! Lenny Henry, what were you thinking, dude?

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RE: The Black Bond Question - 19/11/2012 7:49:14 PM   
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Lenny Henry, what were you thinking, dude?


Getting ready for Bond, obvs.

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RE: The Black Bond Question - 19/11/2012 8:08:16 PM   
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As I said above, is it ok to have a Gay Bond? The character would be exactly the same but likes men instead, and if you would prefer Bond to be straight are you homophobic the same way you're racist if you prefer a white bond


Who said if you prefer a white Bond you're a racist?

Bond being gay would be a step too far in my opinion with him being the typical red blooded male action hero the fans love. You can reduce this argument as much as you want be spouting nonsense like "if he can be black, why can't he be a woman" "if he can be black, why can't he be a midget" "if he can be black, why can't he be a horse"

The fact of the matter is the colour of a persons skin is not in anyway a big deal.


Ok so everyone has ignored this so I'll ask again.


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Can you imagine going to a high school play based on a Bond movie where Bond was played by a black kid and then openly discussing in front of the kids parents and teachers how you thought they shouldn't have really cast a black kid in that role and that the part should have went to your son because he was white.


I have a feeling most of the parents would assume that you were pretty racist.

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RE: The Black Bond Question - 19/11/2012 8:36:58 PM   
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Ok so everyone has ignored this so I'll ask again.


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Can you imagine going to a high school play based on a Bond movie where Bond was played by a black kid and then openly discussing in front of the kids parents and teachers how you thought they shouldn't have really cast a black kid in that role and that the part should have went to your son because he was white.


I have a feeling most of the parents would assume that you were pretty racist.


Whereas you're more than likely to just be rather insensitive. But I fail to see how the analogy is relevant here in this thread. You're saying it's okay to prefer a white Bond but not okay to discuss why in case a black person reading the thread might be offended? Correct me if I'm wrong. Are you saying that you're black and that's why you find these posts offensive, even just the sarcastic ones?

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RE: The Black Bond Question - 19/11/2012 9:41:50 PM   
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Yeah some Latino people do look British but what does that have to do with anything?

Not trying to be a dick btw just curious why you wrote that.


My endless annoyance with Americans trying to label a language-group as varied as Hispanics as one thing or race.

Oh and Black Dynamite has already been in a Bond film. Somehow. It was actually an episode. He beat two of them. Kinda.

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RE: The Black Bond Question - 19/11/2012 10:24:04 PM   
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You're saying it's okay to prefer a white Bond but not okay to discuss why in case a black person reading the thread might be offended?



No not at all, Of course people are free to have their own preferences. There was a lot people saying that a black man can't be or shouldn't be Bond because of heritage or something.

He's been played by like 6 different actors already and I found it a bit ridiculous that some people seemed so offended at the thought of a black actor taking a turn.




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