Bond as a dad? The granddaddy himself would approve

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Bond as a dad? The granddaddy himself would approve

The Bond of the books was a more complicated character than the screen version from the very beginning

Jake Kerridge

From now on, in James Bond’s household, it’s the Calpol that will be shaken but not stirred. Reports earlier this week suggested that in the forthcoming Bond movie No Time to Die, the 25th entry in the franchise, Daniel Craig’s secret agent will be retired from MI6 and have a five-year-old daughter. No doubt Q has been busy babyproofing the Aston Martin. But it seems a safe bet that the film will see Papa Bond rapidly swap domestic bliss for deadly peril.

Aficionados have already been complaining that giving Bond a kid and a long-term partner – he appears to be shacked up with the lovely Dr Madeleine Swann (his conquest from the last film, Spectre) – will mean that Bond will start boringly fretting about whether it’s right to put himself in danger – and, even worse, won’t be seducing any babes now somebody’s finally put a ring on it.

A certain type of Bond fanboy has already been laying the blame for turning Bond from lone wolf to family man at the door of screenwriter Phoebe Waller-Bridge, of Fleabag fame. Some are even bleating that this attempt to give Bond a gooey, touchy-feely side is not just political correctness gone mad but the first step in a campaign to feminise him, with the ultimate aim of having the character eventually changed into a woman...

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