Richard Madden approached the Golden Globes more modestly than James Bond ever approaches anything, with the actor claiming his win for Bodyguard was unexpected. “I didn’t see this coming at all,” Madden said, somewhat convincingly. That’s another problem then too — Bond is never surprised, always sees what’s coming. Then again, Madden (and his David Budd character) certainly looks like he could handle the 007 gig, given the chance. Bodyguard — ask anyone who’s seen it — surpasses recent Bond offerings in intrigue and suspense.
British media are quite ready to anoint Madden, even eager to line up a meeting for him to test some gadgets with Q. But who will be the next James Bond is one of those irresistible parlor games played all over the world, a game many see as a cultural bellwether. Along those lines, Idris Elba has been a favorite in semi-recent speculation. (Also: Tom Hiddleston, Tom Hardy, Damian Lewis, and on and on.) Elba would mark a racial transformation for the world’s most famous spy. That’s why the tweet below has a subtext that needn’t be spoken. It’s Elba and Madden together — which one is Bond? Again, the game is fun to play.
idris elba and richard madden. that’s the tweet. pic.twitter.com/Sz2TdjSyWc
— rebecca (@cptnromanox) January 7, 2019
On the surface Madden certainly wouldn’t mark any radical departure for Bond, but rather a return of sorts. Madden is of Scottish descent, born in Scotland and educated at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. That’s a familiar background for 007. It was Scottish actor Sean Connery who originated the role on film in 1962’s Dr. No, and played Bond in seven films in all.
— deb (@aliciavikandart) January 7, 2019