For the first time in 20 years, British secret agent James Bond will be set up against a Russian villain.
The last time, in The World in not Enough, Bond went up against a former KGB agent, called Viktor Zokas, played by Robert Carlisle. Bond will once again be portrayed by Daniel Craig in the 25th film in the series, and will be directed by Danny Boyle.
The evil Russian hasn’t been cast yet, but producers are seeking a Russian or an actor from the Balkans for the role who is between the ages of 30 and 60 with the characteristics of being ‘charismatic, powerful, innovative, cold, and vindictive’.
The next ‘Bond girl’ is expected to also be a Russian, described as ‘very striking with strong physical combat skills’, while also ‘intelligent, brave, witty, fierce and charming’.
Slated for its global release on October 25, 2019, the next Bond installment will feature a theme song by pop star Dua Lipa.
While Russia is presently being pegged for various crimes by the West, between cyber crimes to election meddling to poisoning ex double agents with banned chemical weapons, it is now to also resume its place as the traditional villain on the big screen in Western popular culture.
As the West intrudes its fetish for rank feminism in its pop culture, with the description provided for the lead female ‘Bond girl’ it is to be wondered whether the script writers intend to portray her as some kind of super woman, with characteristics akin to those of the Russian Avengers hero ‘Black Widow’, a strong woman usually immune to the allure of a love affair, but just can’t resist the womanizing of James Bond.
The question comes about whether she will score the position as the victor in the film who vanquishes the villain and saves the day, which would run completely counter to the traditional story line, or whether she’ll end up just being a necessary part of the process, as feminism would never allow a female character to possess a traditional role in film, if that were even possible in a Bond flick.
So, once again, Britain is at odds with the Kremlin not only in real world geopolitics, but also, once again, in popular Western cinema.