Bond, James Bond.
The name in itself carries so much charisma and class, mystery and suspense, sexiness and allure.
But could the iconic Bond character be anything but the White, middle-class Englishman we've become accustomed to seeing since the first film starring Sean Connery aired in 1962?
Former Bond actor Pierce Brosnan thinks so. The 007 veteran argued that the next British Secret Service agent could indeed be black, or even gay!
"Sure. Why not?" the Irish star was quoted as telling men's magazine Details when asked if he could picture a gay Bond, reported AFP.
If I were to ask Brosnan, with his "Pierce-ing" blue eyes, the question, I would have replaced "gay" with "Arab."
I can definitely imagine the tall, dark and handsome Iraqi superstar Kazem el Saher playing Bond. He's charming, sexy, mysterious and has a smile no Bond girl can resist.
Or perhaps Lebanese actor Youssef el Khal fits the criteria; his rugged good looks and ability to master various acting techniques make him a perfect candidate for a complex role like Bond's.
Unfortunately, it's no secret that Arabs are misrepresented in Hollywood films all the time. So what are the chances of an Arab actor getting the lead as Bond?
Although Brosnan said he doubted Bond producer Barbara Broccoli would allow a gay Bond to happen in her lifetime, my hopes are shaken, yet not deterred.
If we look back at the glorious career of international Egyptian actor Omar Sharif in Hollywood, it's not impossible to imagine one of our suave actors as leading men in Tinseltown.
Take US-born Egyptian actor Rami Malek for example. He's made his feature film debut in Night at the Museum (2014) and now has his own successful show "Mr. Robot" (2015) on the American TV network USA.
Until that happens, I'll patiently wait with a glass of
martini, shaken, not stirred.
By Arwad Khalifeh
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