Sir Ian McKellen has a few thoughts about the next James Bond, namely that he should be gay.
The X-Men star and all-around gay icon talked about the famous British super spy in a recent interview with Variety, which touched on the need for better queer representation in Hollywood.
“I wouldn’t say the films coming out of the mainstream are quite as related to what’s going on in the real world as I would like them to be,” McKellen said. “One indication of that is LGBT people don’t really get quite a big enough say. If you’re one of those initials yourself, you do notice that actually these movies are not about me at all.”
“I do have an idea,” the 78-year-old actor admitted, explaining that James Bond would make the perfect gay superhero and was never intended to be portrayed as overly suave or macho.
“James Bond is a wimp! He’s a silly Englishman that wants his martinis stirred,’ he remarked. “He changes his underwear, like Superman, and he can save the world. [All the actors] play it the same—he’s heroic all the way through. No, he’s not.”
He concluded: “If you play James Bond as an outwardly camp, silly gay man that no one took seriously and then he turned out as many gay men are underneath their clothes—buff and strong and as hetero as any hetero—we might have a more truthful story than the one that has been told.”
While it doesn’t seem like 007 will be coming out as gay anytime soon, there are a number of openly LGBT superheros set to make their ways onto the big and small screens in 2017 and beyond.