James Bond producers just explained why Bond ‘will always be male’

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The role of James Bond is iconic, with actors across the globe falling over themselves to be considered for the part.

But while Daniel Craig is expected to return for another Bond film, it is thought that he is set to hang up his tux, with people speculating who will take on the role.

Idris Elba, Tom Hardy, Damian Lewis, Henry Cavill and Cillian Murphy have all had their hats thrown in the ring for the part, but another name that has been rumoured is Gillian Anderson.

Yes, there have been rumours that the next Bond could be a woman.

This is something however that James Bond producers have vetoed, explaining that Bond ‘will always be male’.

‘My response to Bond being played by a woman is, well, he was written as a man,’ Bond producer Barbara Broccoli explained to the Daily Mail. ‘What we should be doing is creating interesting stories for women, and not just turning men into women; or women into men.’

She continued: ‘I’m very much interested in making films about women, created for women; and not doing some sort of stunt casting by turning Bond into a woman.’

Going on to talk about the #MeToo movement, Barbara explained: ‘#MeToo has influenced our culture, which is a great thing, so of course it's going to influence everything we do on Bond.

‘[Bond] has been embracing Me Too for many Bond films. I don't think that any of our films would not be acceptable -- certainly since Daniel [Craig] started. Over the years, attitudes have changed, and so have the Bond films. The films are representative of the times they're in.’

But a female Bond? We’re not going to hold our breath.

Jenny Proudfoot
Features Editor

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