James Bond producers say a woman will never play the famous spy character

Updated

January 16, 2020 11:20:22

The character of James Bond, the daring and elegant agent of MI6 with a penchant for martinis, could be played by a person of any color, but not a woman, say the producers of the saga.

Key points:

  • Former Bono Pierce Brosnan had backed the orders of a female protagonist
  • Producer Barbara Broccoli wants strong female characters, but not a female Bond
  • Co-writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge had said the franchise needed to ‘evolve’

There has been talk long before No Time To Die, the last installment of 007 that will be released in April, about who will take over the famous character of the franchise when Daniel Craig ends his five-movie career.

In an interview with Variety, Barbara Broccoli and her half-brother Michael Wilson, who inherited the production rights of Broccoli’s father, said they had not yet decided on an actor to replace Craig.

But Broccoli said that, despite online speculation, she would not be a woman.

“It can be any color, but it’s a man,” he said.

“I think we should create new characters for women: strong female characters.

“I am not particularly interested in playing a male character and having a woman interpret it. I think women are much more interesting than that.”

‘Out of the way, guys’

When it was revealed that Lashana Lynch, of the fame of Captain Marvel, was part of the cast of this new film, questions were asked about whether the franchise, one of the most successful in the history of cinema, would try to counter the accusations of sexism by Choose a woman. In the lead role.

For some, the “Bond girls” seem less characters and more conquests. Then there is the fact that Bond, a government employee, usually sleeps his subordinates.

In September, former Bond Pierce Brosnan supported the idea of ​​a woman taking over.

“I think we’ve seen the boys do it for the past 40 years,” he said.

“Get out of the way, boys, and put a woman up there.

“I think it would be exciting, it would be exciting.”

But the trailer, released in December, overturned that.

It was revealed that Lynch was playing a junior 00 that joins Craig’s Bond when the latter leaves retirement for one more mission.

Still, according to the trailer, the film addresses Bond’s famous arrogant approach to labor relations.

“The world moved on, Commander Bond,” says Lynch’s character, Nomi.

“Then stay in your lane.”

The idea that Bond is not relevant is ‘bollocks’

In fact, the world had advanced, Broccoli said earlier this year, and the films would move forward with him.

“The #MeToo movement has had a great impact, rightly, fortunately, on society, and these films should reflect that, as everything we do should,” he said.

For No Time To Die, the creator of Fleabag, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, was hired as a co-writer and did not hide her desire to update the saga, which is the creation of British novelist Ian Fleming and now has 25 films deep.

“There has been much talk about whether [the Bond franchise] It is now relevant for who it is and the way it treats women, “he told Deadline.

“I think it’s nonsense. I think it’s absolutely relevant now. It just has to grow.”

“It just has to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats women properly. He doesn’t have to. He needs to be faithful to this character.”

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January 16, 2020 10:55:04

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