We're Not Getting A Female James Bond Any Time Soon, 007 Producer Says
On today's installment of Cartoon Network's Totally Spies! continuing its reign as the best piece of spy-related media in all of film and television history, it seems the James Bond series has yet again proven why it will always come second to the animated, mid-aughts misadventures of Sam, Clover, and Alex, committing a gaffe that surprisingly isn't snubbing Idris Elba for the umpteenth time. In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Barbara Broccoli, one of Bond's very, erm, cruciferous-ly-named producers, revealed that a woman will probably never don the iconic role of 007, even after Daniel Craig's departure from the franchise.
“I think it will be a man because I don’t think a woman should play James Bond,” Broccoli explained. Her rationale? James Bond, a man, already exists. “I believe in making characters for women and not just having women play men’s roles," she said, clearly forgetting not only that M. Nomi, a spy played by Lashana Lynch, a Black British actress, inherited the title of 007 following Bond's retirement, and that Judy Dench absolutely bodied the historically-male role of M. “I don’t think there are enough great roles for women, and it’s very important to me that we make movies for women about women. He should be British, so British can be any ."
And it seems Broccoli isn't alone -- Craig also seemingly agrees that his successor should be a man, stating, like his colleague, that “There should simply be better parts for women and actors of color." “Why should a woman play James Bond when there should be a part just as good as James Bond, but for a woman?" the star told the Radio Times earlier this year.
Although disappointing for those who were still hoping for a Bond reboot starting Lynch, clinging to that glimmer of hope – SPOILER ALERT -- even with that No Time To Die ending, Broccoli reiterated that while there may not be a female 007 coming our way in the foreseeable future, James Bond has actually always been pretty woke, you guys.
“I think one of the successes of Bond is that it hasn’t been afraid to change with the times,” Broccoli explained of the series as a whole. “Sometimes it got a little stuck in the time, but the books were written in the ’50s, the films started in ’60s. I mean, the world has changed dramatically since then," she continued," adding that the Bond team has “had to constantly reinvent” the iconic character and that they've "had the opportunity with each new actor to recalibrate the series.”
So folks, even with all these changes to the iconic character, it seems Bond's produces, much like their leading man, will remain steadfast on their preferences – namely, liking their vodka martini's shaken, not stirred, and most definitely not sipped-on by a woman.
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