Continuing in my series of “Just how-pissed-off-can-I-get-those-Daniel-Craig-Bond-fans,” I thought I’d pose another question/idea: Why haven’t we had a female Bond counterpart? And please don’t even mention Angelina Jolie. Codswallop! I simply cannot take her seriously as a spy. Wanted, Mr. & Mrs. Smith and Salt may have had their entertaining moments, but Jolie’s presence always snaps me out of the fantasy. The closest I’ve seen to a believable female film spy (off the top of my head) is Bridget Fonda in Point of No Return and no, I haven’t seen the French original, but I really should. (Whatever happened to Bridget? She was a decent actress…) Diana Rigg was über cool on the television side, but she had a partner and can’t be considered a Bond equivalent.
So let’s have at it and cast a dream Bond Woman. I’d want to see a woman with a fast wit, a physical presence that doesn’t look the same sideways as head-on (Jolie), one who can handle her gadgets, weapons, words and men with a keen, yet graceful ease. The first person who immediately came to mind was Alex Kingston, whose River Song has so impressed us. And really, she’s playing a variation on Bond. I’d like to see her dressed a little sleeker and tougher, with faster, wittier dialogue and a slew of men at her service. But, I predict the Pajiba collective will go with a younger model and I’m curious to see just who.
So, if Bond was a chick, who should play her?