As the world waits with bated breath to see who will become the next James Bond, the incumbent superspy has weighed in with a potentially controversial take.
Daniel Craig, who has played Bond since 2006's Casino Royale, has said he doesn't think the next actor to take on the role should be a woman. The debate over who should or can play the role has been raging for years now.
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Some believe that James Bond could be played by a person of any race or gender, while others argue that being a straight white man is simply who Bond is. I did also see an argument from one person that revolved around Bond needing to be a man because "a woman can't be a womaniser". I had a good laugh at that.
Wherever you stand on this debate, Craig is soon set to hand in his Aston Martin keys and make way for a successor. But he's argued we shouldn't have a female Bond because we need to be better at creating strong and compelling female characters in their own right - not ones that have just been grafted onto a familiar face.
"There should simply be better parts for women and actors of colour," Craig told Radio Times in a recent interview. "Why should a woman play James Bond when there should be a part just as good as James Bond, but for a woman?"
This isn't the first time somebody heavily involved with the world of Bond has put forth this argument. Back in 2020, longtime Bond producer producer Barbara Broccoli said that James Bond "can be of any colour", but that he will always be male.
"I believe we should be creating new characters for women - strong female characters," she explained. "I'm not particularly interested in taking a male character and having a woman play it. I think women are far more interesting than that."
No Time To Die finally releases in cinemas at the end of September. It probably won't be too long after that before we discover who is taking over from Daniel Craig. Clearly at this point we probably shouldn't expect it to be a woman.
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