Rwanda Focus (Kigali)

10 December 2012

Rwanda: From Genocide Movie to James Bond?

While the James Bond movie franchise recently celebrated its golden jubilee, the character itself never ages. Which is slightly annoying, because the actors playing the iconic British spy do, and so regularly the producers have to go and look for new blood.

The best known Bond actors are undoubtedly Roger Moore and Sean Connery, with the latter being named by many as the ultimate James Bond for his outstanding performances in movies like 'From Russia with Love' (1971).

Daniel Craig, the latest actor to get under the skin of MI6 agent 007, has also been widely praised for his interpretation, with the latest movie in the franchise, 'Skyfall,' being hailed as on of the best of the series. But that was already his third appearance as Bond, and so no sooner was the red carpet rolled out for the film's premiere than rumors started circulating about new candidates for the role.

One of the more interesting suggestions was Idris Alba, famous for his role in the movie 'Sometimes in April,' in which he played the role of Augustin Muganza , a captain married to a Tutsi woman caught in the Genocide. It wouldn't be a huge change of character only for Alba, but also for 007, who would suddenly become a black man.

There is competition, though, with Hugh Jackman having expressed interest. "I keep telling pal Daniel, the moment you want to let go of Bond, I'm ready," he has been quoted as saying.

Alba, Jackman, or another turn for Craig? The bets are open.

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