The adult TV series with LGBTQ spies will be an animated comedy and the internet is divided over the upcoming show.
The iconic character we all love and have loved for the last five decades is changing with time, and the hot spy is all set to crash Netflix, only this time, his sexual orientation is different. The LGBTQ community have always demanded movies and TV shows with gay lead characters and Netflix has decided to make them all happy! For the first time ever, a TV show with an LGBTQ spy in lead is coming to the streaming giant and while some people are beyond happy to hear the news, some cannot believe that the character Ian Fleming created over 66 years ago is being 'messed' with for the sake of cultural diversity.
The show titled Q-Force will be an animated comedy meant for adult audiences. Netflix has ordered 10 episodes of the LGBTQ spy series and according to Deadline, each episode will be half an hour long. Sean Hayes, Hazy Mills, Mike Schur (Parks and Recreation and Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Gabe Liedman (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, PEN15) and Universal TV are all on board and working together to make the first gay spy show for Netflix.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Gabe has written down the script for Q-Force which will revolve around a handsome secret agent and his fellow LGBTQ spies. Several reports are claiming that the role of the lead spy will be played by Will & Grace star Hayes but Netflix hasn't confirmed the cast as of yet. The Spies, tired of being constantly underestimated by their peers an colleagues, will step up and try to prove themselves.
Liedman is also serving as the showrunner and executively producing the show along with Schur, Hazy Mills’ Hayes and Milliner and 3 Arts’ David Miner. In fact, Hayes and Milliner have revealed that they have been trying to work on a show like this for quite long. “A spy TV series is so tough, because they’re so expensive,” Milliner said. “We were thinking how do we get to do gay spy and every week, and the only way to do that is animated, because we can do all of the fun parts of a James Bond film. We can travel, we can have big chase sequences; animation is allowing us that freedom," they revealed why the show is going to be animated.
“Also, I don’t know that the studios would greenlight a feature with a leading character that’s gay in that genre. Hopefully, they will, but that doesn’t seem like right now," Hayes added. “It does seem like it’s one of the last bastions of masculinity that seems like we can’t break the rule of who gets to play that part," Milliner chimed in. “I’ve been friends with Mike for a long, long, long time, and I was literally driving my car to work, and he was walking,” Hayes said. “I pulled over and I rolled down my window and I said. ‘Hey Mike, would you want to work on something together?” He’s like, ‘What is it?’ And I said ‘Gay James Bond’, and he said, ‘Yeah, I would do that’. So that’s how it all kind of started.”
Talks of Bond movies with a female, gay, or black lead have been here since years and looks like it is finally happening. In 2012, Daniel Craig when asked if James Bond will ever be a gay character, said a straight 'NO.' "Because he's not gay," he said. "And I don't think Javier's character is either—I think he'd f--k anything." Recently, Ralph Fiennes also said in a statement that the James Bond movies must stick to 'Ian Fleming's vision.'
"I would like to see a great black actor inhabit a Bond-like persona. But not necessarily be in the same franchise," he said. "I think we could remake the idea of a Bond as a woman or as an actor of any ethnicity in another vehicle," the 56-year-old actor who has replaced Judi Dench as Bond's Boss told DailyMail. But well, it looks like it is happening against all odds and an animated gay James Bond is coming to Netflix.
Do you think it is a good idea? The internet has mixed reactions. "C'mooon, don't fuck with James Bond. He doesn't need to be gay. Quit fucking with everything," tweeted a person. "I'm all for breaking the rules and establishing more gay characters but this would break all manner of canon that has been established with an iconic character," added another. But, like I said, some people are absolutely in love with this idea, "My ideal James Bond would be a gay secret agent who constantly brags about the guys he had sex with. Only it's the 60s so everyone just gets really pissed." Will you be watching Q-Force?