In current society sexuality is more diverse than it has ever been and gender is also becoming more fluid. Given how the Bond films always evolve with the times I’ve been considering scenarios that may pop up during the next iteration of Bond.
For example… would the producers ever cast a man as Moneypenny? A male secretary who pines after Bond? I think I’d find this quite amusing however the reason I don’t think it would ever fly is any equivalent male on male flirtation would (oddly) be more ‘rude’ / provocative than its male on female counterpart. I mean, can you imagine anything like the, ‘I know exactly where to put that…’ exchange from The World Is Not Enough…?! I think not.
Plus, although I can imagine Bond being quite playful with a male Moneypenny, as the producers (I presume) would always want it to be clear that he ‘wouldn’t go there’, a male Moneypenny would come across as a bit of a sexual harasser…
The other thing that crossed my mind was us seeing Bond intentionally flirting with a male character to get him to do something. (Again, can you imagine the headlines…) But spies will use every skill at their disposal and it’s pretty unreasonable to think that all the characters Bond comes into contact with that have helpful information he needs to get out of them, are female.
What do others think? What scenarios would you actively want to see, accept seeing, and / or think are off-limits, either completely or just for the foreseeable future?