James Bond in Bond movies could be of any colour but no woman would be playing the character, the spy action series producer Barbara Broccoli said, according to reports.
“James Bond can be of any colour, but he is male,” Barbara was quoted as saying in Variety amid news of a Black Bond replacing Daniel Craig as Agent 007.
Craig is said to quit the franchise after his fifth and final stint in Cary Fukunaga’s No Time To Die, which is set for release in April. The film also features Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, Lea Seydoux and Christoph Waltz.
Since the news of his exit from the franchise, the names of actors Idris Elba and Lashana Lynch have been doing the rounds as a possibility to play the secret agent role.
Barbara, however, silenced all rumours as she said: “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”.
Echoing the same, former Bond girl Eva Green felt the character should remain a man.
With a five-Bond series deal and beginning with Casino Royale that was released in November 2006, Craig is one of the longest serving Bond after Roger Moore who starred in seven Bond films and Sean Connery in six.