Mid-Week Musings: Lady Doctor or Black Bond?

With two of the most iconic perpetually re-cast roles looking like they are up for grabs, ‘Doctor Who’ for certain and ‘Bond’ for uncertain (as in it’s uncertain what’s going on with Daniel Craig), is it likely that they will change radically in their newest iterations?

Note: When I started drafting this both roles were believed to be in a process of recasting though doubt has been raised this week. I’ll come back to the latest rumours in a bit. 

Lady Doctor
This is canonically stated as possible so can’t be shot down as ‘impossible’ in a series that doesn’t know the meaning of the word. First choice is Olivia Colman who I must say would be wonderful and with ‘Broadchurch’ confirmed as over, she may be open to a new series. However, some of the best ‘Doctors’ have been unexpected castings, unlike Peter Capaldi who everyone knew it was going to be, for example Matt Smith turned out to be fantastic and nobody had heard of him. I think a female ‘Doctor’ is very likely, maybe even more than a non-white ‘Doctor’, yet being an acclaimed actress from the top of almost everybody’s list is not, she’ll be a relative unknown, like most of the companions have been, especially some of the best. I wouldn’t be surprised if the casting agents saw someone for a companion role and realised they were so enigmatic that the lead would suit them better.

The latest rumour is suggesting the Kris Marshall has nabbed the role, which has proven surprisingly well-received online from what I’ve seen so far. However this is unconfirmed and so I wouldn’t count it as a certainty just yet. With the series looking like it may be coming to another elongated hiatus, it’s the perfect time to go out on a shock, either jolting the viewership back to life, or sending a varied run off in noteworthy style, why not surprise us all?

Black Bond
I’ve loved Daniel Craig’s time as James Bond (except Quantum of Solace, nobody loved that) so I’ll be sad to see him go if he does leave the role. Latest rumours suggest he’s returning for at least one more film, but as he’s already the longest running actor in the role it’s inevitable that it’ll pass to someone else in the not too distant future. What’s going against the idea that the next Bond could be Black, most specifically the ever-wonderful Idris Elba, is that I’m saying it, fans are saying it, campaigns are saying it, bookies are saying it, Idris is being ubiquitously asked about it in every single interview. If the Broccoli’s are anything like me, they will want to pull a shock, some measure of surprise in an era of constant leaks and rumours, not something that EVERYONE and their bookie is calling an extreme likelihood. That’s not to say that whoever becomes Bond couldn’t be non-white, that seems brilliantly likely, especially as there are many other British actors whose stars are rising that might get consideration. Move aside perfectly perfect Tom Hiddleston who is the most obvious choice (apparently eschewed according to other rumours), make way for Daniel Kaluuya or Riz Ahmed to take on the famous codename of 007, both of whom are now clearly appearing on radars on the other side of the Atlantic and whose comparative youth would give scope for at least a trilogy of appearances.

I may be miles off base, only time will tell. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments!

This years ‘Best Original Song’ Nominees

Here is a playlist featuring the five songs nominated for ‘Best Original Song’ at the Oscars. I have selected the most official videos available (even if it’s only a partial version of the song) so they will be less likely to get taken down anytime soon and cause dead links.

It’s a strong field this year from melancholy to upbeat pop, with a nice bit of pure Disney in there too. I’m fond of a few of them, though I’m a little sick of JT as I’ve been hearing that on the radio for months already. I expect ‘La La Land’ will win it, most likely with ‘City of Stars’ (which is a proper earworm), though my personal choice would be ‘How Far I’ll Go’ from ‘Moana’ which might just have an outside chance of snatching the award.

Cast your vote below and feel free to comment any thoughts!

2017 Golden Globes Nominations

Somehow the Golden Globes has become the unofficial start of the main awards season, now announcing their nominations before the new year and awarding not long into it.

This years nominations are, as usual, a really varied mix thanks to the HFPA’s distinctions between ‘Drama’ and ‘Comedy or Musical’. This leads to some films getting nominations here when they are very unlikely to at the BAFTAs or Oscars. What I’m really pleased to see nominated are ‘Arrival’ and ‘Edge of Seventeen’ both of which I have still yet to see but I’m very much looking forward to, as well as ‘Sing Street’ which I’m watching very soon.

As for the TV categories, I’ve not seen many of these but I thoroughly enjoyed both ‘American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson’ and ‘Stranger Things’ which have some good nominations and very deservedly so.

The full nominations are as follows:

Best Picture – Drama
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Manchester by the Sea

Best Actress in a movie – Drama
Amy Adams
Jessica Chastain
Isabelle Huppert
Ruth Negga
Natalie Portman

Best Picture – Comedy/Musical
20th Century Women
Florence Foster Jenkins
La La Land
Sing Street

Best TV Series – Drama
The Crown
Game of Thrones
Stranger Things
This Is Us

Best Actress in a movie – Comedy/Musical
Annette Bening
Lily Collins
Hailee Steinfeld
Emma Stone
Meryl Streep

Best Director
Damien Chazelle
Tom Ford
Mel Gibson
Barry Jenkins
Kenneth Lonergan

Best Actor in a Movie – Drama
Casey Affleck
Joel Edgerton
Andrew Garfield
VIggo Mortensen
Denzel Washington

Best Actor in a TV Series – Drama
Rami Malek
Bob Odenkirk
Matthew Rhys
Liev Schreiber
Billy Bob Thorton

Best Actress in a TV Series – Drama
Caitriona Balfe
Claire Foy
Keri Russell
Winona Ryder
Evan Rachel Wood

Best Actor in a movie – Comedy/Musical
Jonah Hill
Colin Farrell
Ryan Gosling
Hugh Grant
Ryan Reynolds

Best Supporting Actress in a movie
Viola Davis
Naomie Harris
Nicole Kidman
Octavia Spencer
Michelle Williams

Best Actor in a TV Series – Comedy/Musical
Anthony Anderson
Gael García Bernal
Donald Glover
Nick Nolte
Jeffrey Tambor

Best Actor in a TV movie/mini-series
Riz Ahmed
Bryan Cranston
John Turturro
Courtney B. Vance
Tom Hiddleston

Best Original Screenplay
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
Nocturnal Animals
Hell or High Water

Best TV Series – Comedy
Mozart in the Jungle

Best Supporting Actor in a series/TVmovie/miniseries
Sterling K. Brown
Hugh Laurie
John Lithgow
Christian Slater
John Travolta

Best Actress Limited Series
Felicity Huffman
Riley Keough
Sarah Paulson
Charlotte Rampling
Kerry Washington

Best Supporting Actress, TV
Olivia Colman
Lena Heady
Chrissy Metz
Mandy Moore
Thandie Newton

Best Motion Picture – Animated
Kubo and the Two Strings
My Life as a Zucchini

Best Actress in a TV Series – Comedy/Musical
Rachel Bloom
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Sarah Jessica Parker
Issa Rae
Gina Rodriguez
Tracee Ellis Ross

Best TV Comedy
Mozart in the Jungle

Best Supporting Actor, Film
Mahershala Ali
Jeff Bridges
Simon Helberg
Dev Patel
Aaron Taylor Johnson

Best Limited Series or TV Movie
American Crime
The Dresser
The Night Manager
The Night Of
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Best Foreign Film
The Salesman
Toni Erdmann

Best Original Screenplay
La La Land
Nocturnal Animals
Hell or High Water