James Bond is one of the most iconic roles in British cinema history, having been portrayed on the big screen by Sir Roger Moore, Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan, Timothy Dalton and most recently Daniel Craig, among others.
However, despite speculation among fans, it looks as though the role will ‘probably’ never be played by a woman, producers have said.
Barbara Broccoli, who’s in charge of casting 007, told the Guardian: “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.”
So sorry to all the ladies who had their hearts set on the role, but it’s very unlikely we’ll be in the running.
However, this slightly contradicts what Barbara said back in 2017 in an interview with the Daily Mail, where she explained: “These films tend to reflect the times so we always try to push the envelope a little bit. Anything is possible.
“Right now, it’s Daniel Craig, and I’m very happy with Daniel Craig, but who knows what the future will bring?”
Come on pal, make up your mind!
Sir Roger Moore weighed into the debate before he passed away, in 2017, as he spoke to the Daily Mail about the idea of changing Bond’s identity.
He said: “I have heard people talk about how there should be a lady Bond or a gay Bond. But they wouldn’t be Bond for the simple reason that wasn’t what Ian Fleming wrote.
“It is not about being homophobic or, for that matter, racist – it is simply about being true to the character.”
Don’t be too disappointed though – if you’ve got a soft spot for the most recent incarnation of Bond, brooding Daniel Craig, it was confirmed that he’ll be starring in the next 007 film which is due out in 2019.
However, when he confirmed he would be returning for the 25th film in the series, the 51-year-old also said it would be his last stint at the all-action spy.
So it’s all still up in the air who’ll be taking on the iconic role after he hangs up his tuxedo and martini.
Back in August Idris Elba sent Bond fans into a frenzy when he sent out a cryptic tweet hinting he could be on the books as the next 007.
Credit: Twitter/Idris Elba
Along with a picture of himself, he tweeted: “My name’s Elba, Idris Elba,” which is obviously a direct reference to the movie franchise’s most famous line.
I guess we’ll just have to wait to find out who will be taking on the 13th incarnation of the role, but at least Daniel Craig will be back on our screens soon enough.
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