There's been talk about the possibilities of a gay James Bond and even a gay Spider-Man for the past few years. But as much as we'd like to think the best of Hollywood (pause for eyeroll), it seems the public isn't quite ready.
In a new poll from The Hollywood Reporter, people were asked if they support the portrayal of a gay James Bond. The results showed that 52 percent either strongly or somewhat opposed the idea, while 28 percent either strongly or somewhat supported it. In addition, it showed that 48 percent opposed a female Bond, 29 percent were opposed to a black Bond, and 26 people were opposed to an American Bond.
Even former Bond star, Pierce Brosnan is somewhat onboard with the idea of a gay Bond. In 2015, he told Details:
"Sure. Why not? Actually, I don't know how it would work. I don't think Barbara [Broccoli, the James Bond producer] would allow a gay Bond to happen in her lifetime. But it would certainly make for interesting viewing. Let's start with a great black actor being James Bond. Idris Elba certainly has the physicality, the charisma, the presence. But I think Daniel [Craig] will be there for a while yet."
Although LGBTQ representation in television has recently reached an all-time high, according to GLAAD, the debate around queer roles in film still wages on. Disney recently came under controversy for casting a straight actor in the studio's first openly gay role, which was described as "effete and camp." Even Bond shoo-in, Elba came to the actor Jack Whitehall's defense.
It seems there's still a lot of work to be done in Hollywood before we can seriously try to reimagine an iconic character like Bond as queer.