The British Board of Film Classification recently gave its seal of approval to the latest iteration of James Bond, the 23rd film in the iconic franchise. After teasing us with a glimpse of the movie’s new look in a recent trailer, BAFTA has given the official green light to “Bond 25”, the title of which will be revealed on March 4th, 2019.
A New Era For Bond
Bond 25 marks a turning point for the popular spy franchise. For the first time in history, the films’ titular character is an openly “woke”, black man named James Bond. The decision to make Bond an African-American was fueled by a desire to modernize the character while staying true to his British roots. Additionally, Daniel Craig’s tenure as Bond ended with the release of “No Time To Die”, allowing him to pursue other projects. This put a cap on what could be done with the character for at least the next ten years. Now, with the new film, producers have the opportunity to create their own modernized James Bond.
Why Robert Pattinson?
Of course, the most obvious choice to play James Bond would be Daniel Craig. The actor has expressed a desire to leave the role behind and focus on other projects, and the franchise has yet to find a suitable replacement. Even if they could, it would be difficult to replace the popularity of the character. After all, Bonds have been played by both men and women, but for the most part, it has been male actors who have embodied the character.
Enter “The Twilight Saga” actor Robert Pattinson. For those unfamiliar, Robert Pattinson is best known for his role as Edward Cullen in the “Twilight” saga. He also starred in the films “Cosmo Canyon” and “Lost Boys”, as well as the popular TV show “Guys With Kids”. Additionally, he has a supporting role as Ulysses in “The Goldfinch”, the latest film from director Pedro Almodovar. Most recently, he has been cast in the lead role of James Bond in the upcoming “Bond 25”.
Pattinson’s Physicality Adds A New Dimension To The Character
While Daniel Craig’s Bond was suave and sophisticated, Pattinson’s incarnation will be more physical. For example, the actor will be required to wear a tuxedo for the main character’s formalwear scene. Additionally, Bond is now in his 30s, so the producers have decided to give the character a more mature appearance. “Bond 25” will mark the first time that the character’s outfit will not be blue, as it has been for the entirety of the series. The producers stated that they wanted to “make it more realistic” and decided that the character should appear more like he does in the books, which, of course, are written by the legendary Ian Fleming.
Also worth noting is how “Bond 25” will be the first to feature a “twist” scene. In the scene, Bond reveals his identity to the audience, something that has never been done in the history of the franchise.
Pattinson Is The “First Of Its Kind” For A Character
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Pattinson shared his thoughts on taking on the iconic role of James Bond. He said:
“I was really excited and honored when they contacted me about [playing Bond]… It’s such an iconic role and I’m the first person that they’ve ever asked to play it. I think it’s fantastic… I feel like the perfect fit.”
Additionally, the actor expressed a desire to do “something different” with the character. He said:
“It’s funny, it’s such an iconic character and I feel like it’s something different, that’s for sure… Maybe it will be interesting to see how I embody this character and what makes him James Bond… Something different, that’s for sure. But I think it will be fascinating.”
One thing is for sure, fans of James Bond shouldn’t need to be told that this is a new era for the character, as it is clear from the film’s trailer that everything is changing. Whether it is the actor playing the role or the character itself, it seems that “Bond 25” will bring something new to the table. And, of course, we can’t forget about the granddaddy of them all, Skyfall, which was officially the best movie of all time. So far, “Bond 25” looks to be living up to the hype and may just be another leap forward for one of the most popular film series of all time.