Atomic Blonde to play Bond?

The buzz surrounding the new Bond film, Bond 25 has been heating up and, as of late, it is beginning to point toward Academy Award-winner Charlize Theron. Former Bond star Daniel Craig is said to be uninterested in the project. So, the hunt for a new Bond has begun. Theron has wowed audiences in films like Devil’s Advocate, Monster, Snow White and the Huntsman and Mad Max: Fury Road.

A strong supporter of Theron taking on the role of Bond is her costar, Chris Hemsworth. Hemsworth was recently quoted in an interview with W Magazine as saying, ““She embodies every ounce of strength and nobility and dignity and integrity that that character should have.” Theron in the role of Bond would be extremely empowering to women and it makes us wonder…would a female Bond treat men the same way the male versions have treated women throughout the franchise? That would be a fun twist on the hierarchy of the sexes.

Critics have begun speculation on the new Bond and other frontrunners include Tom Hiddleston of The Night Manager, Idris Elba of Luther, Theron’s Mad Max: Fury Road co-star Tom Hardy, Michael Fassbender, and even Gillian Anderson of The Fall and, of course, The X-Files.

It is refreshing and exciting that a woman—any woman—is being considered for such an iconic male role. And none of these other actors are as suited to the role as Theron, according to Hemsworth and W Magazine. In a recent article, the magazine described Theron’s role in Atomic Blonde as almost an audition to play Bond. Broughton, Theron’s character in the film, is similar to Bond in that she is a fierce killer, a covert spy and has a very impressive wardrobe.

Like Bond, Broughton is not above using sex as a tool to get the job done. The film itself is sleek and sexy, just like the Bond franchise, toying with the spy industry without losing its cool.

Plus, Broughton’s consumption of vodka on the rocks puts Bond’s martini drinking to shame!

In Hemsworth’s interview he went on to support Theron’s claim to the role, saying, “She’s smart as hell. She’s physically able. You know, working with her on those fight scenes, [and her] doing it in high heels by the way—and an 8-foot long gown—was even more impressive. And I just think, why not? It’s time.”

And he’s right. It is time. We recently saw lady Ghostbusters on-screen, so why not a female Bond? Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon is in full agreement with the idea, citing the article and proclaiming “We are on board. We are all on board. This should happen, that should be a thing.”

Agreed.  Let’s make it a thing.

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