James Bond writers suggested that with people like US President Donald Trump, the Bond villain has become a reality. So we have Trump, we have Brexit, we have fake news (Tomorrow Never Dies comes to my mind). Do you think the next James Bond movie will be/should be influenced by this geopolitical reality and why and how? Read few comments.
Lisa Funnell, Assistant Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, University of Oklahoma, Co-author of The Geographies, Genders, and Geopolitics of James Bond
I think the Craig era films provide us with some insights into the potential direction of the series. There has been an increasing focus on political interference and/or corruption in the last three films from the political trade of human rights for oil in Quantum of Solace (2008) to the increased government scrutiny of M and her MI6 program in Skyfall (2012) to the plot to undermine the ‘00’ program by the Director-General of the Joint Security Service in Spectre (2015). In essence, we have been moving up both the political and intelligence service ladders. But what might be the ramifications—both diegetically (i.e. in the world of the film) and socially (i.e. for the franchise at large)—of presenting the head of state of a major Western/world power as a villain? The Bond films have always provided a perspective on geopolitical conflict and the producers will need to reconcile the impact of Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, and the rise of white nationalism on the world of James Bond. Whether they will address this head on or in more subtle ways has yet to be seen.
Klaus Dodds, Professor of Geopolitics, Royal Holloway University of London, Co-author of The Geographies, Genders, and Geopolitics of James Bond
President Trump does remind me of Elliot Carver in Tomorrow Never Dies as it happens. And perhaps Auric Goldfinger with an interest in money and shiny objects! But one of the things that Bond always tries to get it when he meets the villain for the first time – is under their skin. He wants to provoke them and to try and unsettle them. So I am quite certain he would have no difficulty in provoking the president…
Richard Aldrich, Professor of International Security, University of Warwick
My favourite essay argues that Ian Fleming’ books were ahead of this time. After his first two novels he lost interest in the Cold War. Most Bond villains are post Cold War part organised crime, part terrorist, part malignant spy chief monorails, cats, eyepatches.
But trump raises different questions. He is not like a Bond character he is much more like Nixon. Nixon also was at war with his spy chiefs and his term as president was short. I think trump will not go the full distance
Scott Lucas, Professor of American Studies, University of Birmingham
As soon as I read your question, I thought of the Rupert Murdoch character played by Jonathan Pryce. I have no doubt that the Bond team — now that they are working beyond the Fleming novels — will be thinking of possibilities inspired by Mr Trump.