The producers of the James Bond movies have no intention of casting a woman as the title character. Barbara Broccoli, who has been instrumental in producing the Bond franchise, insisted they would rather create new roles for women to play. For her, race isn’t an issue, but Bond will always be a man.
“He can be of any color, but he is male,” Broccoli told Variety. “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.”
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There was once an attempt to bring this creative ambition to life with a spinoff movie following Jinx, the secret agent played by Halle Berry in the Pierce Brosnan-starring Die Another Day. These plans fell apart, though, when MGM pulled out due to the $80 million budget.
However, given Broccoli’s continued and vested interest, it may only be a matter of time until new Double-O agents begin to grace screens worldwide — like Lashana Lynch’s Nomi, who will give Bond a run for his money in No Time to Die.
Directed and co-written by Cary Fukunaga, No Time to Die stars Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Jeffrey Wright, Ana de Armas, Dali Benssalah, David Dencik, Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen and Rami Malek. It is scheduled for release on April 8.