Trina Parks, the woman who starred as James Bond’s first black, female villain says that a black woman starring as 007 just does not work.
Parks, who starred as the dangerous villain named “Thumper” in the 1971 film Diamonds are Forever, is not at all happy with a female James Bond, the Daily Mail reported.
Controversy rose after Lashana Lynch was tapped to star as the next Agent 007, the special agent designation that James Bond has carried throughout the books and the movie series. However, Lynch will not star in the next Bond film as “James Bond.” She will only be given Bond’s 007 designation. Bond himself will still be portrayed by Daniel Craig.
But the announcement that the James Bond film series is going PC with a female 007 has split the fans with some all-in for the new female spy and others leery of the change. And one former Bond woman has come out against the idea.
Trina Parks, who starred as the first strong, black female villain in the movie series, does not feel that a female 007 works.
The New York resident told the Mail that she doesn’t agree with the casting.
“Lashana is a great actress, but I don’t really agree with her becoming 007,” Parks said. “It is not about her color, but just because Bond, the spy code-named 007, was written by Ian Fleming as a man.”
“So a black James Bond sure, I don’t see why that could not be a move, but as a man. Miss Bond doesn’t have the same ring to it,” she added.
“I think that there are lots of movies already where you have a woman taking center stage, defeating men – and I like that,” Parks continued. “But I don’t feel that the James Bond franchise has to go there.”
“They set a standard that has remained a classic film with a man as Bond – and that is how I think it should stay,” the one-time Bond villain concluded.
Parks also said that there is no reason to PC the James Bond because the films have already led the industry by showcasing strong female and minority characters since the first film back in 1962.
“The Bond franchise has gone out of the box with black actors and women of color more than any other franchise,” Parks told the Mail.
“Eon’s outlook on life and the world has always been much broader than many of the big studios,” Parks said. “In Hollywood, production executives were looking at women who were sexually attractive to their societal circles. Cubby was one of only a few who saw beyond that – and they could see black actresses as character actresses.”
Parks criticized old Hollywood back in the 70s for having “tunnel vision” on race and gender. But she noted that the British James Bond productions were more open to diversity.
“Other cultures too were included in their stories,” Parks insisted. “People forget Bond married a Japanese woman in You Only Live Twice and then had me as the first black woman in the franchise in 1971.”
“The Bond movies really did pave the way for the millions of people who watched the films at movie theaters or on TV to see a kaleidoscope of faces, different to their own. And over time these films do make a difference,” she concluded.
Others have also criticized the casting of a black female as a 007 spy. The American Spectator’s Lou Aguilar, for instance, noted that the whole idea of a black woman as a 007 agent is unworkable.
“The Double-Os have always been like undercover Navy SEALs: top assassins who can blend into hostile territory, think their way through a mission, and, if necessary, battle their way out,” Aguilar wrote. “Lynch’s 007 cannot believably do two out of the three. She’d be utterly worthless in male-dominated Asia, Arabia, or Latin America.”
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