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We’ve decided to flip the male-centric 007 talk by speculating what the Bond world would look like if a woman were behind the lens.

Our pick of female directors who would kill the next ‘James Bond’ movie

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With Danny Boyle confirmed to direct Bond 25 and rumors of Idris Elba being next in line as the British spy after Daniel Craig, we’ve decided to flip this male-centric 007 talk by speculating what the Bond world would look like if a woman were behind the lens.

After all, there are countless female directors who know their way around gritty, “masculine” subject matter appreciated by both male and female audiences, so why shouldn’t / couldn’t it happen? With this in mind, here are the female directors we think would nail Bond 25:

Kathryn Bigelow

According to Screen Rant, The Hurt Locker director was even urged by the former Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal to direct a Bond adventure. Although she dismissed the idea, Bigelow has proven herself to be a true master of big budget productions.

Patty Jenkins

Jenkins absolutely killed it with the portrayal of Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and her team of Amazon warriors, so why shouldn’t she be able to deal with Daniel Craig amidst a series of explosions and gun fights? Just imagine how much fiercer the Bond girls would be.

Niki Caro

If Spectre taught viewers anything about James Bond, it’s that the franchise had reverted back to its traditional misogynistic leanings. Perhaps for Bond 25 the film could use the magic touch of the Mulan master Caro, with her gender-inclusive sets and focus on strong male and female leads.

Ava DuVernay

Skyfall was another of the franchise’s flicks that was criticised for its portrayal of women, with each major female character being killed off to motivate Bond’s actions. Perhaps then DuVernay’s experience making movies and TV shows that have been firmly grounded in race and female power would add a nice touch to the next Bond instalment.

Susanne Bier

While rumors of The Night Manager star Tom Hiddleston becoming the next James Bond were flying around in 2016, why don’t we start our own fresh rumors linking the show’s director Bier as the next in line to direct Bond 25? After all, she’s already proven her ability to tackle big budgets and “masculine” themes.

Amma Asante

We’d love to see the actress-turned-director handed the reigns for the next 007 flick, mostly because she previously spoke out about how “women are pigeonholed into making ‘certain types of movies’ due to ‘misguided distrust’ from executives”. We’re sure Asante would be the ideal candidate to prove otherwise.

Jane Campion

No doubt the award-winning Campion could shake (not stir) the franchise up with her unique vision on gender politics and the female gaze. Maybe we’d see even more strong female leads alongside Bond (a la Judi Dench in Goldeneye).

Sam Taylor-Johnson

Another director with big-budget finesse, Taylor-Johnson raked in more than half a billion dollars for Universal Pictures with Fifty Shades of Grey (not that the Bond franchise has ever had an issue with selling tickets). If it were to ever happen though, she’d have to switch silver chains for golden guns.

More than a woman: The best actress performances on TV this year

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Not long now until the Emmys, folks (September 17, in case you’re interested). With the race truly underway since the announcement of the nominees, we thought it a good time to turn our focus to the talents of the fierce females of the small screen.

Because although there might only be a handful of women to take home the title of Outstanding Lead Actress in the various categories, there are dozens of winners in our eyes. Here are ten of the best from the past year:

Indya Moore as Angel – Pose

Indya Moore’s turn as Angel in Ryan Murphy’s Pose was one of the sweetest, most endearing, and yet also integral and determined characters we’ve seen on TV in recent times. From the scene in which her and Stan (Evan Peters) slow dance to Kate Bush to that moment she screams at him to get out of her apartment when he asks her to leave sex work, there’s no way Moore’s compelling performance won’t get you right in the feels.

Gina Rodriguez as Jane – Jane the Virgin

In this flaming trash heap we call earth, it’s characters like Rodriguez’s Jane that provide a glimmer of hope. Season four of the show was an absolute triumph in every episode, dealing with some very real life issues among a series of telenovela style shocks and surprises.

But it was once again Rodriguez’s performance as the sweet and charming titular character who pulled the show together for its fourth round, offering a layered knockout performance yet again as she dealt with familial problems, romantic feelings for Rafael, and a reunion with an ex-boyfriend. Drama!

Tessa Thompson as Charlotte Hale – Westworld

Thompson gives it her all in the second season of HBO’s Western / sci-fi hybrid, proving her villainous chops as the cold-hearted and brutal executive of Delos Inc. Her understated performance shines through in a show full of singular characters, showing that the females are the fiercest in this male-built world.

Gayle Rankin as Sheila “The She Wolf” – GLOW

There are so many characters to pick out from the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, but it’s Rankin’s turn as Sheila “The She Wolf” that really pulled at our heart strings throughout the first and second seasons of the show.

Giving an absolute howler of a performance as a woman who never loses sight of herself, unlike the other characters, Sheila is the only one who lives her persona 24/7. Her character’s dysmorphia is misunderstood by the others, forcing her to have to try and articulate why dressing and acting like a wolf is part of her identity.

Catherine E. Coulson as The Log Lady – Twin Peaks: The Return

Along with David Lynch, the world mourned the death of Catherine E. Coulson as she passed away from cancer four days after filming her final scene on Twin Peaks: The Return, giving a bittersweet air to her outstanding performance as the philosophically inclined Log Lady.

Coulson truly deserves all the praise she receives for her lifetime’s work – hopefully she is looking down on us right now from heaven above and musing such wise words as, “Where does creamed corn figure into the workings of the universe? What really is creamed corn? Is it a symbol for something else?”. RIP.

Alexis Bledel as Emily – The Handmaid’s Tale

Obviously, Elisabeth Moss deserves all the awards for her ability to express a thousand emotions with a single facial expression. But the fact is, Elisabeth Moss likely will get all the awards for her turn in season two (just like she did in season one), so we thought we’d allow Bedil to take center stage today.

A far cry from her Gilmore Girl days, Emily endures an absolute roller coaster ride of emotions in season two, culminating in the ever-so satisfying beatdown of evil incarnate, Aunt Lydia. Never before have we seen Bedil express such an extreme range of emotions, from joy, to fear, to rage, portraying with finesse a woman who has been damaged deeply by her experiences, but is not broken just yet.

Zazie Beetz as Van – Atlanta

Van is one of the most complex female characters on TV right now and this is in part thanks to Zazie Beetz’s star turn in the role. Beetz is an unstoppable force, running a range of emotions throughout every episode with a commitment to the performance that is both luminous and captivating. It’s no wonder Beetz is up for an Emmy this year and sweet lord, does she deserve it.

Christina Hendricks as Beth – Good Girls

Good Girls at the front! Hulu’s recent offering features three suburban moms who decide enough is enough and rob their local supermarket at (toy) gunpoint. A far cry from her award-winning turn in Mad Men, Hendricks’s character is a woman who at first glances is a cookie-cutting Stepford wife. However, as she gets into the business of money-laundering, she finds herself enthralled by this new life. Bringing a fresh comedic tone to the role, Hendricks steers her character with finesse and confidence, leading Beth’s journey with an air of grace.

Keri Russell as Elizabeth Jennings – The Americans

It feels bittersweet to include Russell on this list, since The Americans signed off with its sixth and final season back in May. But her performance as Elizabeth is well worth a mention, as the undercover KGB spy with enough pseudonyms to fill up a game board of “Guess Who”. Not only did she help create one of the most complex female characters ever seen on the small screen, but she also performed a lot of her own stunts because (in her words) “it’s fun”. Never change, Keri, never change.

 

Hear me soar: The best pop culture depictions of Amelia Earhart

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May marked the anniversary of a huge milestone in Amelia’s life – the day she landed her airplane in Ireland, thus becoming the second pilot and the first woman to complete a nonstop solo flight over the Atlantic Ocean back in 1932. In loving tribute, here’s a ranking of the best fictional TV and film depictions of one of the most important boss bitches in world history…

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