October 25, 2012 11 Comments
Suddenly seeing multiple stories/speculation today regarding the question that I’m sure was on everyone’s mind, who will be the ‘first black James Bond’? (The consensus seems to be Idris Elba, who I think is “Stringer Bell” from The Wire.)
This makes total sense because of course there has to be a ‘first black’ everything, and James Bond is a thing, so there has to be a first black one. It’s not as if James Bond is a specific literary character with any sort of fleshed-out backstory involving a Scottish father (!), a Swiss mother (!!), a family pedigree whose motto translates to ‘The World Is Not Enough’, a single curled lock of dark hair falling onto his forehead, looks that remind Vesper Lind of ‘Hoagy Carmichael’, or any number of other character traits that on the face of them would seem to logically preclude his being ‘black’.
There just has to be a first black one. Period.
Similarly, I assume there has to be a first Korean Zorro, a first Paki Sam Spade, and a first Australian-Aborigine D’Artagnan. These things all just go without saying and so therefore all that remains is to monitor the countdown until we get all these very important and rational firsts.
Now this might raise some symmetric questions such as: Shouldn’t there be a first Scotch-Irish Sun Wukong? How about a first French king Shahryar of 1001 Nights fame? A first Slavic Kunta Kinte anyone?
But for some reason such questions never arise. Puzzling!