James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has been discussing what the next 007 could be – and what he definitely won’t be.
Barbara Broccoli has been facing more questions about the hunt to find the next James Bond. And while she made clear that the casting process still hasn’t kicked off, she did offer a few interesting nuggets as to her thoughts on a selection process that is sure to be scrutinised by many.
Firstly, Broccoli addressed the question of Bond being gender-swapped and being played by a female actor. The longtime 007 producer dismissed the idea, stating – as she has done before – that “I think it will be a man because I don’t think a woman should play James Bond. I believe in making characters for women and not just having women play men’s roles. 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.”
Also, Broccoli offered a few of her thoughts on the race of the next Bond, arguing nationality is important but ethnicity is not: “He should be British, so British can be any [ethnicity or race].”
On the subject of the wider future of the franchise, Broccoli said that she’d be keen to work with No Time To Die director, Cary Fukunaga again, stating that “we love Cary. He’s done an exceptional job. I don’t have any idea whether he’d do another one. I think he did this because he wanted a challenge, and he sure pulled it off. But I’m not sure if he’d do another one”.
Finally, for those of you hoping that a new era of 007 may spark some kind of Bond TV spin-off, don’t hold your breath, at least not whilst Broccoli holds the reins of the franchise. As she puts it: “Sure, there are other main characters like M and Q and all that, but we haven’t really wanted to make a Bond film without Bond. It would be like making Hamlet without Hamlet.”
So there you go, interesting tidbits that serve to further whet the appetite as we wait to see which direction the franchise goes in next. We’ll let you know more as we hear it.
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