Bond producers rule out the prospect of a female 007 in the next film
Daniel Craig's final appearance as Bond in No Time to Die will bring to a close his 14 year tenure as the secret agent, and for quite a while there has been a lot of discussion about who will succeed him as the next James Bond. Debate has continued as to whether the agent will be played by a female for Bond 26, but speaking to Variety, producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson have confirmed the character will remain male.
“He can be of any colour, but he is male,” said Broccoli, “I believe we should be creating new characters for women — strong female characters. I’m not particularly interested in taking a male character and having a woman play it. I think women are far more interesting than that.”
There have been rumours that Lashana Lynch will briefly appear as 007 in No Time to Die having replaced a Bond who has gone into retirement. She is seen in the trailer exchanging barbs with Craig, although nothing indicates she has taken over the MI6 agent's famous code number.
But the producers have not ruled out Bond being played by a person of colour, with Wilson going on to say about Bond: “You think of him as being from Britain or the Commonwealth, but Britain is a very diverse place.”
Given the furore caused earlier this week by the Academy when female directors were largely overlooked in the main film categories, and women of colour were almost completely overlooked in the acting categories, it might not be the best time to offer up this information. Opinions will remain divided as to whether Bond should be played by a male or female actor, but at least the door is not being closed on the character being played by a person of colour.
With Craig returning for the last time in No Time to Die, Gary Fukunaga is directing a cast starring Cristoph Waltz, Rami Malek, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Lashana Lynch, Jeffrey Wright, Lea Seydoux and Billy Magnussen.
No Time To Die will be released in UK cinemas on April 2 and in the US on April 8, 2020.
No Time to Die (2020)
Dir: Cary Joji Fukunaga | Cast: Ana de Armas, Christoph Waltz, Daniel Craig, Rami Malek | Writers: Cary Joji Fukunaga, Ian Fleming (based on characters created by), Neal Purvis, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Robert Wade, Scott Z. Burns