The Name's Bond

Which of these gay icons should be the next James Bond?

Now that Daniel Craig’s run as iconic spy James Bond has run its course, the time has come once again to choose a new actor for the role. 

A recent tabloid rumor stated that the next Bond would be Aaron Taylor-Johnson — who, while certainly a heartthrob, wouldn’t bring much new to the role. His casting was later debunked, leaving the floor open for debate. Seven actors have played Bond since his first appearance in film — all of them men, all of them white, all of them cis, and all of them straight. It’s about time for a fresh take on the character, and Gay Twitter has plenty of ideas.

The only real criteria for being Bond should be looking stunning in a suit, right? Therefore, the gays submit for consideration a bunch of extremely hot people in suits. That includes Reneé Rapp and Lily Gladstone…

…Kristen Stewart and Cate Blanchett…

…and Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman, just to name a few.

And they may not be showing off their tux game in these posts, but athletic icons like Hannah Waddingham and Michelle Yeoh would absolutely demolish the role as well.

The next Bond movie could also switch things up by giving the role to an actor known for comedy. How about Melissa McCarthy, who proved in Spy that she has the action chops to pull it off? Or even camp icon Jennifer Coolidge — The White Lotus showed how she’d look armed, and the Bond movies could show how she’d look dangerous.

If Bond absolutely has to be a run-of-the-mill white dude, he could at least be someone with a little queer charisma. Why not Fellow Travelers star Jonathan Bailey? His initials are already JB; it only makes sense.

(P.S. While we’re casting the next Bond, is the villain role still up for grabs? Imagine an evil Chappell Roan fighting bond in full Lil’ Poundcake drag. It’s not a want, but a need.)

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