‘James Bond is a male character!’ No Time To Die producer Barbara Broccoli insists a woman won’t portray the spy

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Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has said that she believes 007 will always be a male character.

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The head of Eon Productions, which signs every major hiring and firing in the franchise, said she’ll be discussing who will take on the role from Daniel Craig next year — and it will be a man.

She told the PA news agency: ‘James Bond is a male character. I hope that many, many films will be made for women, for women, by women, about women.

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‘James Bond is a male character!’ Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has said she believes 007 will always be a male character

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‘I don’t think we have to take a male character and have a woman portray him. So yes, I see him as a man.’

He also admitted that he has not faced the fact that current Bond Craig – who will no longer play the role, following the latest film No Time to Die – is stepping down.

“I’m kind of in denial, I want Danielle to last forever,” she continued. ‘So I ain’t thinking about it [his replacement]. it’s something michael [G Wilson, her half-brother and fellow producer] And I will discuss next year.’

Asked if there are going to be talks about a successor to Craig, he replied: ‘No. We want to celebrate the illustrious stint of Daniel Craig, who has given this character everything in this franchise for 15 years and it is really time to celebrate him.

Stepping Down: The head of Eoin Productions, which signs every major hiring and firing in the franchise, said he'll be discussing who will take over the role of Daniel Craig next year — and it will be a man [pictured in 2006's Casino Royale]

Stepping Down: The head of Eoin Productions, which signs every major hiring and firing in the franchise, said he’ll be discussing who will take over the role of Daniel Craig next year — and it will be a man [pictured in 2006’s Casino Royale]

“No Time to Die” director Cary Joji Fukunaga, the first American to direct a Bond film, said anyone who replaces Craig will have to take strong action.

Asked if he would like to see more variety in the character, he said: “It’s tough. I don’t really have a strong opinion on that by any means. I think it would be hard for anyone to follow in Daniels’ footsteps, because for me, as much as I liked Pierce Brosnan, I was in my early 20s, checking out a little bit of movies.

“When Danielle came, it was such a different version of the character that I hadn’t seen before, it made me hooked back as an adult. Whoever plays it just needs that charisma, those layers.

‘So, I think the most important thing is the attraction to the character, obviously, in terms of who they are and what they’re made of, but I really don’t have an opinion beyond that.’

A Family Affair: 'I'm kind of in denial, I just want Daniels to last forever,' she said.  'So I ain't thinking about it [his replacement].  it's something michael [G Wilson, her half-brother and fellow producer] And I'll discuss next year' [the three are pictured in Jamaica in 2019]

A Family Affair: ‘I’m kind of in denial, I just want Daniels to last forever,’ she said. ‘So I ain’t thinking about it [his replacement]. it’s something michael [G Wilson, her half-brother and fellow producer] And I’ll discuss next year’ [the three are pictured in Jamaica in 2019]

53-year-old Craig told Radio Times Last week that he also believed that Bond should remain male.

The actor said: ‘There just needs to be better parts for women and actors of color.

‘Why should a woman play James Bond, when there should be just as good a part as James Bond, but for a woman?’

She added that adding Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge to the writing team was to “spice it up” but that she was a Bond fan so “she wasn’t going to take him in a different direction”.

Several actresses have supported Daniels’ statement that Bond should be played by a male actor, including Die Another Day star Halle Berry, who said on Entertainment Tonight in 2017: ‘That series is steeped in history. … you know, the stories of Ian Fleming. I don’t think you can turn Bond into a woman.

Craig, 53, said: 'There just needs to be better parts for women and actors of color'

Craig, 53, said: ‘There just needs to be better parts for women and actors of color’

The franchise has taken a significant step forward with the casting of Captain Marvel actress Lashana Lynch as a new 00 agent who she says ‘stands up for black women’.

Lynch told PA: ‘It’s absolutely important, it’s a reflection of where we are right now where I personally want the world to go. This is a real…

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