It’s certainly a tumultuous time for the James Bond franchise.
The wheels on the long awaited 25th film in canon continue to spin as Danny Boyle recently quit the production due to “creative differences” with Bond’s infamously interfering producers. Bond 25 is still searching for a director, with the film’s release likely delayed even more, already 3 years since Spectre and with star Daniel Craig not getting any younger.
And that’s not all. Amidst building public sentiment that the character of James Bond no longer fits the archetype of a hero, the franchise’s reputation has been increasingly tarnished by accusations of racism, sexism, and overt misogyny.
Calls for the series to force diversity into its title role are growing in volume, as are demands for the fictional character's romantic endeavours and humour to be completely revamped so as to set a positive example for wide-eyed youths.
Consequently, everything Bond says or does is being watched more closely than ever before for any signs of offensiveness, whether real or imagined. There’s no question that Bond, going forward, needs to abide by changing social guidelines, lest the outcry against the series continues to grow louder and more obtrusive.
Indeed, there are a myriad of moments in the storied history of the cinematic saga that many would love to eradicate for all time...
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