Dominic West calls for a transgender James Bond, nominates trans soldier Hannah Graf for role
When asked about West's suggestion, the British soldier, who serves as a captain in the Royal Electric and Mechanical Engineers, admitted she was flattered
Dominic West is now propagating for a transgender James Bond in the future, and he already has an inkling about who would be the best person for the job. The 59-year-old actor thinks that Daniel Craig should be replaced as the eponymous secret agent in the long-running film franchise by Hannah Graf.
Thirt one-year-old Graf is the highest-ranking transgender soldier in the British Army. Expressing his views about the 007 position, West told Sunday Times, "She's a beautiful girl who could be Bond. That's actually a brilliant idea. They should have a transgender Bond because there are a lot of transgender people in the army."
West and Graf met each other when the actor starred alongside her husband Jake, who is a transgender man himself, in the film 'Colette'.
When she was asked about West's suggestion, the British soldier, who serves as a captain in the Royal Electric and Mechanical Engineers, admitted she was "flattered".
She told the Times: "I'm very flattered that Dominic thought of me. I don't think I'm going to become an actress anytime soon, but there's no reason why there shouldn't be a transgender Bond. We've seen too many men in hero-type roles and women playing second fiddle."
The veteran went on to add that it would be inspirational for young girls to see a female playing the prestigious role of 007. Hannah and Jake started seeing each other in 2015, and later, tied the knot in the March of 2018.
Even in the past, there have been a lot of calls for a female to play the role of 'James Bond' in the movies. However, one person completely disagrees with the idea of a woman playing 007, and its Daniel Craig's wife Rachel Weisz, and she explained her reasons for doing so in an interview.
The actress explained that the character had been created by novelist Ian Fleming, who spent a lot of time creating a character who is 'particularly male' and relates to women in a certain way. She said: "Why not create your own story rather than jumping onto the shoulders and being compared to all those other male predecessors?"
She added, "Women are really fascinating and interesting, and should get their own stories."
Meanwhile, her husband Craig will soon begin work on his fifth and final Bond role in March. There have been quite a lot of names that are expected to replace him, which include Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, and Tom Hardy.