Henry Golding says diversity shouldn’t impact who is cast as next James Bond

Henry Golding talks James Bond casting

“Snake Eyes” and “Crazy Rich Asians” star Henry Golding recently shared his opinion on factoring in diversity during the search for the next James Bond.

The 007 mantle: After Daniel Craig bid farewell to the role of James Bond in “No Time to Die,” Golding shared that diversity should not influence the casting of the next Agent 007 in an interview with Radio Times

  • “It shouldn’t be a factor at all,” Golding said. “I think Bond represents something that we’ve all sort of grown up with and that’s a man of substance, a man who has stoic properties and is a protector, has a sensitive side.”
  • “So really, the talk of having to have them be diverse is – it’s great and all, but I think you have to do justice to the source material. He’s such an iconic character, so I wouldn’t say that there should be any pressure,” he added. 

The search for the next Bond: MGM executive Pamela Abdy has disclosed that discussions about Craig’s replacement have already started taking place. 

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  • Golding joins actors Tom Hardy, Regé-Jean Page, Richard Madden and Idris Elba as a popular suggestion among fans.
  • He believes that finding the next James Bond, however, should center on the spy’s “iconic personality traits” and spirit.
  • “I think they will choose the right person for the role. So be it Black, Asian, Latino, mixed… anything, as long as they have the attributes that they can bring to the screen. I think that is what the fans really want,” he said.
  • In an interview with NextShark,“No Time to Die” director Cary Fukunaga stated that the decision on who would playJames Bond next will be difficult. Fukunaga’s multiracial background shaped his filmmaking, and he was able to incorporate some of his Asian influences in the film. But in terms of casting, he is thankful that he does not have to decide the succeeding James Bond actor.  
  • “I’m sure it’d be an honor of a challenge for whoever wants to do it. I, thankfully, will not have to make that call. Because I think no matter who you pick, there’s going to be a lot of people who are upset,” Fukunaga said. 

Featured Image via IGN (left), James Bond 007 (right)

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