Brian Cox has voiced his support for the traditional entries in the James Bond series, particularly in today’s constantly evolving and uncertain environment of political correctness.
In recent years, there have been demands for James Bond to become more “diverse” including suggestions from an intelligence expert this month who proposed that a “black,” “female,” or “black and female” actor should take on the role of Bond after Daniel Craig.
The classic spy films have also been scrutinized for their past portrayals of women as Bond’s romantic partners, along with accusations of Bond displaying sexist and chauvinistic behavior.
As fans eagerly anticipate Bond 26 and the ongoing search for Craig’s successor, they will have the opportunity to experience a new interpretation of Ian Fleming’s spy through Amazon Prime.
Cox takes center stage in the upcoming series titled “007: Road To A Million,” where nine pairs of contestants “must face Bond-inspired challenges from across the globe“, as described in the show’s synopsis.
It adds: “The Controller (Brian Cox) has hidden 10 questions around the world for each pair. To reach these questions, the pairs face Bond-inspired challenges, which push their physical strength and mental reserves to the limit.
“Each question is worth an increasing amount of money, and if answered correctly, they bank the cash and continue to the next question. If they get it wrong, their journey is over.”
Competitors in 007: Road To A Million have a chance to win the substantial seven-figure prize fund if they successfully overcome all the challenges set by The Controller, played by Brian Cox.
With his role in the Bond-inspired series, Cox has offered his perspective on the earlier reception of classic Bond films and whether or not the creators should alter the franchise to conform to contemporary sensibilities in 2023.
“(Daniel Craig) inhabited Bond brilliantly,” Cox said as he reminisced about the franchise. “But lately I’ve been looking back at the Bond films from the 60s onwards, which has been wonderful.
“They have a style that was really endearing and mapped a particular period of my life,” he added to Radio Times.
When asked if Cox had concerns about showing old Bond films to new audiences, potentially risking political correctness, he expressed no apprehension.
He eloquently summarized: “Yeah, I think that’s okay because the only way we can understand who we are is by acknowledging our history.
“Look what’s happening in the world today: if we had a real sense of who we are, we wouldn’t have had the idiotic clown from Eton [Boris Johnson] or the Pink Pinocchio [Donald Trump] or Borsch and Tears [Vladimir Putin].
“People have disclaimers now on some older programming which is fine, but at the same time, it’s a wonderful tradition that we try to carry on.
“We don’t muck around with Shakespeare; we shouldn’t muck around with James Bond,” he explained.
In recent weeks, Cox is not the only well-known figure to strongly support the iconic spy character, despite the calls for significant changes to the franchise.
Former UKIP leader Henry Bolton delivered an impassioned speech defending the preservation of Bond in his current form during a recent discussion on Patrick Christys’ GB News program.
Source: GB News