Before we even begin our discussion, lets put our hearts and minds to an un-deniable & un-biassed fact- If you ever want to see an Indian James Bond, Hrithik Roshan is your best Bet!
To briefly lay his repertoire– Hrithik Roshan is a 40 year old leading Indian actor. He is known worldwide – for his oodles of charm, Greek god looks, impeccable physique & rare versatility. His broodingly suave presence and hunger for perfection, puts him leaps & bound ahead of his contemporaries in Indian cinema.
His selected filmography includes–
‘Kaho na pyaar hai, Koi mil gaya, Lakshya, Krrish-2 &3, Dhoom-2, Zindagi na milegi dobara, Agneepath’ .
Seemingly, he can rightly pull off lover & fighter’s combo with masterful superiority. His on-screen brilliance in his roles, that sway in romance & action have brewed this whole discussion.He is five feet & eleven-a-half inches tall,wears coolness with ease and aces nods of acceptance with sharp looking suits. All these befitting of a perfect spy under discussion.
It makes him a thoughtful prospect for the role of James Bond. The recently released movie Bang-Bang has torched this idea. This possibility has turned a fond out-cry, among his fans around the world.
‘The role of James Bond is simply the fantasy of every man and soaring ambition of every actor’.
Can he get shortlisted by MGM among the finest in the world?
Q. But firstly, how do we describe James Bond ? before the selection of actor is discussed.
Ans. The character of James Bond owes royalty to the genius of Ian Fleming‘s first James Bond novel (1952).
James bond, Commonly defined – ‘He is a brooding man of mystery, who is irresistible to ladies and world’s most favorite spy – 007’.
Ian Fleming inspiration– Ian Fleming was a war veteran and naval commanding officer, who served in world war-II. His desire to write a spy novel got inspired from – his wartime experiences, his sense of esteem about British spy’s achievements in World war-I and him closely observing individuals, whom he came across during his tenure in Intelligence division.
He wrote his first novel in the spring of 1952. He devoted two months to its completion and also used this time to drew away from personal problems. He was well-known to be a heavy drinker and smoker.
James Bond stories– His Plot is originally set in post world-war Britain, conceptualizing a free world against the soviet union situation and enemy leaders of complex-obscure origin (Slavic, Mediterranean, or Central European ). It was often said, that thewhole plot was set to pandering the inflated & insecure self-image of British in post war era.
Structure & Character of james Bond– The bond character would vacillate between – duty & sacrifice, love & death, cupidity & ideals, Luxury & discomfort, Chance & planning.
Bond’s character– A Good looking heterosexual male, cold in eyes & cruel mouth(jaw-line), dark-short hair, measures half inch shy of 6 feet & weighs round-about 76 kg.
Bond is depicted as a spy in his mid to late thirties. His idiosyncrasy and habits would involve – simple dining ( like cold beef & potatoes), heavy drinking (preferably dry martini or scotch) & heavy smoking (60- 70 sticks a day). Along would compliment an affinity for drugs, at eventful occasions ( professional moments or psychological reasons). His life suffers with mild amnesia and his world is full with laws of gun. Where murder is done as a playful trick & enemy is a wild beast, who savages with no thinking. However, bond is – perspicacious, skillful and deals with equanimity.
Bond is also an exceptional marksman, one of the best in the secret service. His abilities cuts through other fields of action such as – hand-to-hand combat, underwater swimming, playing golf & driving fancy automobiles. He loves to shoot with an automatic pistol ( .25 ACP Beretta or Walther PPK 7.65mm) and drives elegantly, in his Mark II Continental Bentley.
Adaptations to fleming’s bond – After Fleming’s death in 1964, there have been lot of adaptations to his novels with screen-writing,new novels & setting the plot in the current times. One of the most recent being the work of William Boyd’s bond novel ‘solo’, released in 2013. Boyd agrees that there have been massive changes, that have shifted the bond movies far from Fleming’s projection. However, there are lot of intrinsic things than cannot be changed about the story. It is most certain that the next movies will focus on adaptation in current scenario .William Boyd agrees that his story of a plot in africa, a 1969 civil war is highly unlikely to become a movie.
William Boyd undeniably states about the bond character– “There is a certain amount of weaponry, automobiles and two beautiful women he has relationships with. It would not be a Bond novel without these things in it”
Pros and cons in selection– MGM’S Selection is a long race of worldwide voting and nomination, based on popularity and actor’s international impact. It is followed by shortlisting, based on actor’s filmography and screen tests (action scenes for the movie or previously performed). It is long before the MGM Lion roars in agreement.
if Hrithik is to be chosen as the new bond, following shall fall for & against him in the process-
a. Looks and physical description of Fleming’s bond matches picture-perfect with Hrithik (almost 6 feet, thin ,dark short hair, elusive & alluring spy)
b. Bond attires in sharp suits & carries attitude which is cool yet sharp ,brooding yet engaging & smooth yet active. Hrithik conduct these passionately since the beginning of his career.
c. Bond movies are majorly themed on romance-action, which is reflective of Hrithik’s major filmography.
d. Bond is a spy in his late thirties. Hrithik is perfectly aged for that role at 40.
a. Ethnicity– Bond is primarily British in origin. Hence, it has to be a historic decision to choose someone from Indian background. Most stalwart actors have turned down the role( clint eastwood, burt reynolds & adam reynolds) on their professional opinions that bond must be enacted by a British actor. Hrithik will find that a tough ground to break, even with his exceptional considerations.
b.English accent– Something that is non-negotiable, bond must and must have an authentic English accent.If an indian accent slips through screening, with a flat tongue or indian accent tourettes start acting up in the scenes. It is simply a cross-marking by the MGM and British director.
C. Bollywood and world image – Though bolly-wood has broken lot of grounds at different levels, with personal or combined achievements. It is still not as widespread,critically acclaimed and popular as American or British cinema. Hrithik will find it tough to sway the votes in his favour. He will not only face accomplished British actors, in race for the seventh title but needlessly carry hopes of Indian cinema to break grounds with his single spectacular achievement. Quite Simply, Indian actor chosen for a bond role will be the breakthrough of the century for bolly-wood at world stage.
D. Domestic comparisons & mongering– India being largest democracy in the world, filled with loudest and most chaotic mouths. The whole scenario will break clouds over apple to apple comparisons. However unimportant, Hrithik will face lot of criticism at home,sully comparisons, news-hour debates and media created competition with Indian stalwart actors. These all names are in no less measure, deserving of a consideration-
Now, lets look at some of the stalwart International actors, that our home boy is up-against. Can he shine among the light of these giants? All these actors are well-earmarked,critically noted &publicly approved of favourable bond choices.
Finally, have a look at these six actors who have played James Bond over the years.
MY NAME IS BOND,JAMES BOND…
Now, have one final look at the man on our weighing scale-
Choose to vote for or against this idea–
Surely, India has a big advantage with a large populous supporting Hrithik Roshan for the role of James Bond. The same frenzy helped Taj Mahal get voted as world’s no.1 wonder of the world, among the top seven. Hrithik Roshan is no less than a wonder man to the masses of Indian cinema viewers.
Note of Dedication: At last,this post and information is intended for all Hrithik Roshan’s fans. It is however dedicated to the masterful acting skills, dialogue delivery and on-screen performances of stalwart actor Late. Jeremy Brett.
He is one of my all time favorite actors and best to portray as Sherlock Holmes. Owing to reasons best known to him, Mr. Brett denied the role of James Bond, as offered to him before Sean Connery.
However, it is my firm belief that he would have out-classed the performances of even Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan by quantum proportions. Here it is ( my dedication),to the Best James Bond that could never happen somehow.He smiles with his perspicacity & broodiness,those thoughtful depths unknown to most men. A picture of him as Sherlock Holmes is below-