To think that just a few months ago, there were semi-credible rumors of Idris Elba taking over as the venerable James Bond, in this creaky old film franchise. We do have a black, female, 007, but if the Daily Mail is to be believed, it is not only a fake-out, but one which seemingly pokes fun at both the concept of diversity and of women in general. I know that this has worked for the brand before, but it has grown very tiresome and now feels inappropriate, like a bunch of old white men laughing at the idea that they would ever permit progress, and I have more than enough of that in my daily news consumption.
I have high hopes that the film might propel the career of actress Lashana Lynch, but I don't love the way her character is presented according to this article from the Daily Mail: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7244671/Thought-007-never-woman-black-shes-James-Bond-hand-number-over.html
It's also day one of Amazon Prime Day (s), and I have a few thoughts on the pros and cons of this event. So, before you click that buy button, make sure that you listen to tonight's podcast!Read More