Welcome back to “This Week in James Bond”!
In SPECTRE news, production was temporarily suspended after Daniel Craig sprained his knee filming a fight scene at Pinewood Studios on February 5, but resumed two days later. Craig is no stranger to injuries on the set of James Bond as he previously had two teeth knocked out while filming Casino Royale in Prague, sliced off the tip of a finger while filming Quantum of Solace, and twisted a leg muscle while filming Skyfall. (Source: The Guardian and Rhein-Zeitung)
Hilary Saltzman weighs in on the Idris Elba as 007 debate
Hilary Saltzman, the daughter of Harry Saltzman, has shared her thoughts about the possibility of British actor Idris Elba playing James Bond in a future installment of the series. While promoting her new documentary You Belong to Me: Sex, Race and Murder on the Suwannee River, Saltzman said:
Purists, and we do love them, have argued that casting a black actor would be contrary to the fictional heritage written by Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming, which saw the character born in Glasgow, Scotland to a father from the region and a mother from Switzerland. That would be a fair argument if there were no Black Scots, but even though they make up barely one percent of Scotland’s population, they do exist and have become an important, if not intractable, part of Scottish history. There is a small Black population in Scotland, some of whom did extraordinary things in both World Wars — with one of them, Eugene Bullard, having worked as a spy for the French Underground during World War II. I’m not saying whether or not Idris or any other specific actor should play Bond, because up until now all the Producers starting with my father, have made excellent choices and I trust that they will continue to do so.
A lot of media attention has been invested in the discussion of a black James Bond, and while I appreciate fandom’s interest, James Bond is fiction, and there are far more important realities about the treatment of ethnic minorities and women that would show some progress if we spent half the time discussing them as we have a black 007.
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