Barbara Broccoli has silenced any possibility of James Bond ever being played by a female actor. Speaking to the Guardian, ‘James Bond’s executive producer Barbara Broccoli said that she will not change him to please feminists. She said, “Bond is male. He’s a male character. He was written as a male and I think he’ll probably stay as a male. And that’s fine. We don’t have to turn male characters into women,” she said. However, Broccoli said that she is open to the idea of making space for more female characters. She said, “Let’s just create more female characters and make the story fit those female characters.”
She continued, “But look at the way the world has changed. And I think Bond has come through and transformed with the times. I’ve tried to do my part, and I think particularly with the Daniel [Craig] films, they’ve become much more current in terms of the way women are viewed.” Broccoli is the daughter of Albert Cubby Broccoli, who was one of the people who laid the foundation for the Bond movie franchise way back in the 1960s. Broccoli had been associated with the franchise since she was 17 and has seen it since the time Sean Connery slipped into Bond’s shoes for the very first time. She makes the public announcements for Bond films – from Danny Boyle’s exit to Cary Fukunaga’s addition, it was Broccoli who was in charge of what cards we needed to see.
But she isn’t the only one who thinks Bond should be male. Broccoli’s sentiments were shared by Rosamund Pike who was Bond Girl in ‘Die Another Day’ from 2002.
In an interview with Uproxx, the ‘Gone Girl’ actor said, “I’d just say write a new story. James Bond is a character that Ian Fleming created. Of course, the brand has become bigger and whatever, but take one of the Bond Girls and give her her own story. I think the character of James Bond is a man. He is really. To have such a character in a completely independent series, why should a woman get sort of sloppy seconds? Why should she have once been a man and now it has to be played by a woman? Why not make a kick-ass female agent in her own right?” she had said in the interview.
Pike had also pointed out that Bond was too much of a man. “There’s nothing really about the James Bond character as written by Ian Fleming that resembles a woman,” Pike said. “It’s a very masculine creation. So sure, make an unexpected, unapologetic, kick-ass, amazing female agent and yes, I’ll play her.”
Similarly, Rachel Weisz had said, “[Fleming] devoted an awful lot of time to writing this particular character, who is particularly male and relates in a particular way to women,” said the wife of the current Bond, Daniel Craig. “Why not create your own story rather than jumping on to the shoulders and being compared to all those other male predecessors? Women are really fascinating and interesting and should get their own stories.”