‘James Bond’ Producer Says Lead Can Never Be a Woman
Jane Bond? Not so fast! James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli revealed that the color of the lead’s skin doesn’t matter for the spy franchise, but when it comes to gender, a woman will never become 007.
“He can be of any color, but he is male,” Broccoli, 59, told Variety in an interview released on Wednesday, January 15.
Broccoli, who oversees the franchise with her half-brother Michael G. Wilson, explained that the vision for women in the franchise is expanding but not all the way to the top.
“I believe we should be creating new characters for women — strong female characters,” she told the publication. “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.”
Broccoli, whose father was producer Albert “Cubby” Broccoli, already switched things up after Pierce Brosnan’s four-film run as the coveted bad boy spy ended with 2002’s Die Another Day.
“He brought flesh and blood to the character,” she explained. “Bond in the novel is a silhouette. Daniel has given him depth and an inner life. We were looking for a 21st-century hero, and that’s what he delivered. He bleeds; he cries; he’s very contemporary.”
When it comes to who will be Bond next, the producer is not convinced that Craig is totally done — despite him revealing his plans to retire after the next movie.
“I’m in total denial,” she told Variety. “I’ve accepted what Daniel has said, but I’m still in denial. It’s too traumatic for me.”