'Future 007' James Norton addresses diversity in Bond

‘We need to treat the cause’: ‘Future 007’ James Norton addresses diversity in Bond, ‘comfortable’ sex scenes and defends the balance between female nudity and ‘c**ks’ in film

James Norton has addressed casting a BAME actor as the next James Bond in a new interview.

The screen star, 35, who has been tipped to replace Daniel Craig in the role, insisted that while having a ‘Bond of colour’ is important, executives should focus on ‘treating the cause rather than the symptom’.

Alongside an edgy cover shoot for this week’s GQ HYPE, the Grantchester hunk also stressed the importance of feeling ‘comfortable’ in sex scenes and defended the balance between seeing female nudity and ‘c**ks’ in film.

‘We need to treat the cause’: James Norton has addressed casting a BAME actor as the next James Bond in this week’s GQ Hype

The War & Peace star has been long reported to be Daniel’s successor following his outing as the spy in No Time To Die, with bookmaker Ladbrokes even temporarily suspending betting on the character. 

Bridgerton heart-throb Regé-Jean Page and Luther star Idris Elba were also rumoured as potential 007s, as well as Tom Hardy, Sam Heughan and Richard Madden.

On calls to choose a black performer to take on the position, James highlighted the significance of diversity and representation in the industry as a whole.

The TV star said: ‘That, I think, is more important. Obviously, casting a Bond of colour is important if handled in a sensitive way, but there’s a bigger picture: we need to treat the cause rather than the symptom. 

‘There’s a bigger picture’: The screen star, 35, who has been tipped to replace Daniel Craig in the role, insisted executives should focus on ‘treating the cause rather than the symptom’

Next in line? The War & Peace star has been long reported to be Daniel’s successor following his outing as the spy in No Time To Die (pictured) – set for release in September

In conversation: Bridgerton heart-throb Regé-Jean Page and Luther star Idris Elba were also rumoured as potential 007s, as well as Tom Hardy, Sam Heughan and Richard Madden

‘There is an argument, that, rather than make Bond a person of colour, why not create a new story that is authentically representative and isn’t repurposed? 

‘But, then, you’re never going to create a franchise that will compete with the power of Bond from the off. It has to be a bit of everything, doesn’t it? I realise I’m talking in platitudes.’

Available now: Read the full feature online at GQ Hype

The Cambridge alum went on to discuss ‘constantly making an effort’ to avoid being ‘pigeonholed’, adding: ‘I’m very aware of it. 

‘We love our labels, so I do see people’s careers limited by pigeonholing. People think they know you because of your school or how you sound.’

Elsewhere in the chat, James spoke about on allowing actors to have a say when ti comes to shooting intimate scenes.

The McMafia star said: ‘There is so much potential for trauma. Everyone is sensitive about their naked body, so if you are going to have a sex scene, write ‘sex scene’ and have actors say what they’re comfortable with. 

‘We’re so used to seeing female nudity that when you see a c**k you go, ”This is so explicit!’ But it’s just balanced.’

Read the full feature online at GQ Hype now.

Candid: The McMafia hunk also spoke about ‘comfortable’ sex scenes and defended the balance between female nudity and ‘c**ks’ (pictured with Elliot Page in 2017’s Flatliners)

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