Ian Fleming is Rolling in His Grave …

bloom2.jpgOkay, I realize fully that I’m about to simultaneously excite and anger an awful lot of teenage girls and just how dangerous that can be, but onwards into the breach!

Whilst perusing the very bad sequel (?) to Battlestar Galactica on Canada’s Space Channel tonight I witnessed what, to me, was a very disturbing news segment. Apparently the folks who control the James Bond franchise are hot in pursuit of Orlando Bloom to take over the role after Brosnan finishes out his contract. These people are, quite clearly, out of their minds. First there were the ‘Americanization’ rumors and now their looking to cast somebody completely and utterly wrong for the character in the name of chasing a younger demographic. Hello people: you’ll destroy the character in the process, and considering that the most recent Bond film was the highest grossing ever I hardly see why you feel such a pressing need to mess with the character.

Don’t get me wrong, I think Bloom is a very talented actor and I’ve liked him a lot in what I’ve seen him in so far but he is horribly, horribly wrong for the role. First, he is at least a decade too young. Second, I don’t buy him as a cold blooded killer at all. Bond needs to have an edge of menace to be effective and Bloom just doesn’t.

You had it right with your first post-Brosnan choice people: Clive Owen. He was born to play this part. Stop messing around with something that wasn’t broken in the first place.

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