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There has been a lot of debate recently with the uncertainty that Daniel Craig will not take up the mantle of James Bond again. I of course, hope he does at least one more (I’m a bit obsessed with his ears). Anywhoo, there was an interesting discussion in a 00Q fan group today and I’ve decided to share my opinion with the wider world.

In Noah Berltsky’s recent article, “The Names’s Jane: A female James Bond is exactly what the franchise needs right now,” he advocates Gillian Anderson for the role (I just love her BTW, she’s a fantastic actor). The examples of strong female character’s he uses to support his position are ALL original characters, not established long running male character’s made female.

I think fandom’s discussion about the possibilities of making 007 a woman or a POC is fascinating and relevant; however, I personally don’t agree that James Bond should be changed from Ian Fleming’s creation. When you change something fundamental about a character, it does change who they really are. That includes making James Bond gay in fanfiction, but he is still a man (and with the hint in Skyfall possibly bi-sexual). A woman would have a vastly different backstory, and realm of experience than a man.

I do think that we are in need of strong original female characters in films. They are very hard to come by, but I don’t think gender bending an established character is the answer to the creation of strong female characters. Gender and Race is inherent in who a person is. Perhaps a POC James Bond would work, but that would still fundamentally change Bond’s backstory and would fundamentally change the character that Ian Fleming created.

I’m all for equality between men and women (everyone really), but I don’t think changing the gender or race of an established character in film is the answer to bringing about equality. Filmmakers and writers would have to fundamentally change who that character is. I guess the best example I can use to finish off this opinion is the new Black Spiderman (Miles Morales). The writers wrote a whole new original character and basically killed Peter Parker.

I think 007 could be a woman. I think 007 could be a POC. But, 007 would no longer be James Bond. Anyway, my long windedness has gotten out of hand. Best, The Nut.

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I shouldn’t be so amazed by the talent people involved in fandom bring to the table. I’ve lurked long enough to absorb the high-caliber work created by those engaged in the community. Fiction, art, and film done by individuals around the world brought together for the love of a movie, television series, comic book, or graphic novel. A community of shared interest and fascination with the love of characters and worlds created by others. It’s worshipful and the work many fans generate is beautiful.

As a reader, I didn’t have a true inkling of the amount of time and effort writers and artist expended on the works I was enjoying. Writing my own stories, has brought into focus for me how challenging and time consuming creating works for fandom really is. If the words are flowing well, I average about 500 words per hour and my weekly word count goal is usually 7,500 to 10,000. To complete a story in a timely fashion, I allocate approximately 20 hours of my free time each week to writing. So my evenings and the weekends have become very full since I started writing last year. Between stories, I spend hours in preparation, creating character backgrounds and plotting, so when the time comes to write a story, I’m ready to go. It also, doesn’t account for the hours my beta, Xphil98197 an author in fandom herself, spends on dealing with my comma disability.

Memo. by Rachel Shenton, a 00Q fandom member, is a beautiful piece of fan video editing work that spotlights the fantastic, Ben Whishaw who plays Q in the films Skyfall (2012) and SPECTRE (2015). Rachel told me it took her about six hours to complete. Rachel’s work is a brilliant example of the excessive talent fandom has in its ranks. The direct youtube link to Memo. can be found here.

Becoming a fandom author has opened my eyes and enhanced my appreciation for the works I enjoy. I’m glad, I’m no longer ignorant in this regard.

Best, The Nut.

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On December 10th, three days after BBC Two aired the final episode of London Spy, I took a gander at the latest fandom added to Archive of Our Own (AO3). On that evening, there were already 49 fan works on the site, and I noted in a Facebook post that I was witnessing (and perhaps becoming a part of) the creation of a new fandom.

The show just aired its second episode here in the States, and I believe that this new fledgling fandom (a little speck of dust on the big floor of fandom) will probably start growing a bit. As of today at 5:00 pm central time, there are 117 fan works on AO3. I decided to do a bit more googling and came across a post that I think speaks to the majority of the feelings people in the fandom community have regarding the show.

vigilanteflower on tumblr, “The entire London Spy fandom is just going
to be an AU where Alex is alive and well. No one shall speak of canon.”

I would say in perusing AO3’s London Spy offerings, this is absolutely true. The feed is full of lovely fix-it, retellings, and AU stories to get our happy ending. There are also quite a few crossovers, specifically 27 stories crossed with the 00Q fandom (James Bond – Craig Interation) with 2 so far, crossing over with Kingsman:The Secret Service fandom. Also, some of the stories crossing over into the 00Q fandom contain the theme that Danny Holt becomes Q. For me, I don’t agree, since the character of Danny is very different from Q, but of course fandom’s writers and artists can do anything they want. It’s a beautiful thing, as well is Ben Whishaw, who plays both characters.

I do think the anguish I’ve seen on tumblr, facebook, etc., that people are experiencing from this tale of love found and lost, can only be assuaged through the literature and art created by fandom. Of course, many of us hope to hell the BBC will film another season (preferably with our happy ending). But, it also speaks to me of a need. I cannot remember ever seeing a high quality television show or movie that has a LGBTQ main character that doesn’t end tragically or extremely sad in some way. It’s frustrating and a travesty in my opinion, but I hope that I will see at least one in my lifetime.

In the meantime (while I’m waiting), I’m planning to write my own fix-it fic for Danny and Alex. I’m also caving to the crossover phenomenon, but not crossing my story with 00Q. If you have looked at this site, you know I’m a rabid, obsessed, 00Q whore (I mean that in a good way). However, I can just see Danny’s search for the truth to be a case the great detective and his blogger would take on. And yes, Alex is alive and waiting.

Best, The Nut.

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