007 Contender Luke Evans Praises James Bond Franchise’s Evolution

Luke Evans, commonly listed as a contender to be the next 007, praises the James Bond franchise’s evolution in recent years. After hitting screens back in 1962 with Dr. No, the Bond franchise has seen several different actors take on the iconic British superspy 007, including Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and, most recently, Daniel Craig. After Brosnan’s final Bond film, 2002’s Die Another Day, Craig took up the mantle with 2006’s Casino Royale, ultimately playing the role for five films in total.

The Craig era of Bond films is defined by a much more brutal and gritty approach to the character, with Casino Royale mainly being influenced by the Jason Bourne franchise. Craig’s tenure as Bond ended with last year’s No Time To Die, which saw 007 sacrifices himself to save Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), their child, and the rest of the world from a nanobot plague. With Craig’s Bond having met a definitive end, it’s unclear which actor may take on the role next, with Idris Elba, Tom Hardy, Tom Hiddleston, Henry Cavill, and Evans, among others, often at the top of the list when it comes to popular fan candidates for James Bond 26.

In a recent interview with The Independent, 007 contender Luke Evans praises the Daniel Craig era for evolving the James Bond franchise. The actor specifically mentions the franchise’s treatment of women and female characters in recent movies as an example of how it’s become more modern. Check out Evans’ comment below:

« We’re not in the Roger Moore [era] where he sleeps with five women per film, that’s not really what he’s about anymore. I think people are more interested in the série, the story,”

Has 007 Finally Outgrown The Bond Girl?

In addition to wielding a Walther PPK, driving an Aston Martin, and drinking martinis (shaken, not stirred), James Bond is known for being a womanizer. Since the character’s big-screen introduction in 1962, he has typically taken a handful of lovers dubbed « Bond Girls » in each film, often treated as disposable and not returning in subsequent sequels. The Craig era changed this, however, with Bond spending the entirety of Quantum of Solace recovering from Vesper Lynd’s (Eva Green) death in Casino Royale before he entered into a long-term romantic relationship and had a child with Madeleine in subsequent entries.

It’s unclear what the future holds for the Bond franchise after No Time To Die, but once again, entering into an era in which 007 casually sleeps with a handful of women who are then never seen again would likely feel like a step backward at this point. Not all of Craig’s Bond films were hits with fans, but they pretty concretely show that the franchise’s traditional treatment of women is unnecessary to craft a compelling narrative. It remains to be seen whether Evans will become the next James Bond, but the actor’s most recent comments suggest that he hopes the franchise continues to evolve.

Source: The Independent