Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Idris Elba as James Bond

by Rob - December 27th, 2014.
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Of course Idris Elba can play James Bond. Below is how Sam Spade is described by his creator Dashiell Hammett in the first paragraph of The Maltese Falcon novel, and the picture is Sam Spade as portrayed by Humphrey Bogart in the definitive film version; Bogart looks nothing like Space — but nonetheless nailed the part, perfectly capturing the character (after two previous filmed versions failed to do so):

Samuel Spade’s jaw was long and bony, his chin a jutting v under the more flexible v of his mouth. His nostrils curved back to make another, smaller, v. His yellow-gray eyes were horizontal. The v motif was picked up again by thickish brows rising outward from twin creases above a hooked nose, and his pale brown hair grew down — from high flat temples — in a point on his forehead. He looked rather pleasantly like a blond satan.
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1 Response to Idris Elba as James Bond

  1. And for those with shorter memories, we can point to Hugh Jackman as the Wolverine. The comics’ depictions, starting with the art of Herb Trimpe and moving onward to Dave Cockrum and John Byrne left no doubt as to how we were to expect him to be cast. Jackman was most definitely taller than we were trained to expect.

    And we can move on to recent film depictions of Nick Fury and Perry White among others from there…

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