Fan theories about James Bond are almost endless. Years before Daniel Craig confirmed that he would hang up his Walther PPK after No time to die, fans were making bets on who would be his replacement. Of course, almost all of those speculations turn out to be 100% false, but they don’t diminish the fun of dreaming about Bond castings and plots. That’s why a post caught my attention on the Reddit page about James Bond. A user shared a photo of Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, dressed in a black suit, in which she said: “My suggestion for a new homegrown Bond villain: ‘Welcome Meghan, I’ve been waiting for you.”
Middleton’s photo is from Remembrance Sunday this year, when the UK commemorates the end of the First World War. Meghan, I presume, is Middleton’s sister-in-law, Meghan Markle, who is married to Prince Harry. Earlier this year, Harry and Meghan left their duties as members of the British Royal Family and moved to North America. If you’re not aware of all the drama within the Royal Family, well, I’m not going to explain it all (partly because I don’t care). But a book that came out this year, called “Finding Freedom,” rates the relationship as “cordial but distant” – in other words, the thing is not very there.
It’s unclear if the Reddit user is suggesting that Middleton or Markle could be that villain in question. Maybe this person is even suggesting that Markle, who was an actress, would do well as a villain. Honestly, it doesn’t matter because the idea is ridiculous, and that’s why I like it so much. It reminded me how much I want the Bond franchise to go back to its lighter past, winking at the camera. The turn to a darker Bond with Craig in the role helped revive the franchise after Pierce Brosnan’s last few special-effects-laden films. It has been good, no doubt, but with the world in such a dark time, it is time for things to return to their funniest place.
Imagine Markle as a rogue member of the Royal Family who starts his own evil organization alongside Specter. At the beginning of this year, Jezebel highlighted that Archewell, the charity that started with Prince Henry, sounds like a typical Bond criminal group. And now imagine Markle playing herself in this role. It would certainly give people who have already decided they are a real-life villain in the face for basically leaving the Royal Family.
I know, it’s very crazy, but maybe not as crazy as you think. The Royal Family has always had close ties with the Bond producers, and they have even been seen at times on the set of the films at Pinewood Studios in the UK. There were even some rumors last year that Enrique could appear in No time to die, marking the cinematic first for a member of the Royal Family. Maybe a cross between James Bond and The Crown it’s just what both franchises need.
Would Markle do it? It has already been linked to various rumors about Bond in the past. In 2017, when she announced her engagement to Prince Henry, unsubstantiated news emerged that she had been shortlisted at some point to appear as “Bond Girl” in the twenty-fifth film, No time to die. But the correct answer cannot be another: it almost certainly would not. Following her engagement to Enrique in 2017, Markle retired from the acting world. But the statement he issued at the time seemed to leave the door open if the right opportunity presented itself. “I don’t see it as giving up anything,” he said. “I just see it as a change.”
Come on, you cowards. Cast Meghan Markle to be in the 26th Bond movie!
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