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As the time comes to reimagine James Bond, his origins might provide a model

With the release in October of the latest James Bond film, "No Time to Die," speculation is rife about what comes next for 007, now that Daniel Craig's 15-year tenure in the iconic role has ended. While some are calling "time's up" on an outdated character, others suggest new life could be breathed into the series if producers recast Bond as a woman.

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The filmmakers have so far rejected this idea. Meanwhile some critics warn that self-consciousness about Bond's masculinity is turning him into a killjoy - maybe even a feminist one - and destroying the essence of the character.

Yet the sense that a straightforward male chauvinism defines 007 is more a product of the movies of the 1960s and 1970s than an origin story that should forever bind the series. Readers and viewers have often found more than meets the eye in this celebrated character and his escapades. A deeper dive into Bond's postwar literary creation reveals interesting ambiguities about Bond's masculinity - which may offer a fresh perspective for Bond filmmakers in the years to come...

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