— Archie Panjabi (@PanjabiArchie) June 4, 2016
Archie Panjabi posted this ^^ photo on her Twitter a few days ago. She was obviously standing outside the production offices responsible for James Bond. The speculation about casting a new James Bond has reached a fever pitch online and in the UK, with new names being thrown into the ring on a seemingly daily basis. One day it’s Idris Elba, another day it’s Tom Hiddleston, another day it’s Adian Turner. A few weeks back, Gillian Anderson tried to throw her hat in the ring in a “why couldn’t James Bond be Jane Bond?” movement. While I would love to see the Bond casting break out of the “white guy” mold, is the world ready for a female Bond? How about an Asian female Bond? That’s what Archie wants!
Move over, Idris Elba and Tom Hiddleston… Archie Panjabi has said “it’s about time we had an Asian woman playing the part of Bond” – and that she’s more than proved her credentials with her role in The Good Wife.
Speaking to Digital Spy about whether she could take on the iconic role, the British actress said: “I wasn’t being funny about it, I was being very serious about it! I think it’s about time we had an Asian woman playing that role. And I think my skills on The Good Wife have displayed that I’m perfectly capable of playing it! I’m really waiting for that phone call…”
Discussing the possibility of Tom Hiddleston replacing Daniel Craig in the franchise, she continued: “I do think he would be a good [pick] – but they’ve done pretty well in the past [with casting]. It’s a huge decision to make and whoever they go with will be the right choice.”
In my ideal dream-casting situation, both Archie and Idris Elba would be Bond. Like, imagine them both as MI6 agents with licenses to kill… and they happen to be lovers. Wouldn’t that be HOT? Wouldn’t that breathe fresh air into this stagnant franchise? To see James Bond with an equally capable woman? To see a partnership of equals, with two characters around the same age? So hot. So yes, I do think Archie should get an approach from the producers.
Photos courtesy of WENN.