Rachel Weisz isn’t here for a female James Bond.
The actress, and wife to James Bond actor Daniel Craig, said instead of replacing the traditionally male role with a female, women should be given their own stories instead.
“[Author Ian Fleming] devoted an awful lot of time to writing this particular character, who is particularly male and relates in a particular way to women,“ she told The Telegraph. “Why not create your own story rather than jumping on to the shoulders and being compared to all those other male predecessors?”
She continued: “Women are really fascinating and interesting and should get their own stories.”
Weisz’s comments come after Craig confirmed he was returning to play the iconic spy for the fifth time following months of speculation that he was leaving the franchise.
“I always wanted to, I wanted a break,” Craig said, referring to the character that launched him into stardom. “I’ve been doing interviews about it all day and I’ve been rather coy. I kind of felt like if I should speak the truth I should speak the truth to you.”
But before he announced his highly-anticipated return, a swell of celebrities expressed their interest in seeing a woman as the titular character.