Bond producer says James Bond will "stay as a male" character

Sorry female Bond hopefuls, but it looks like the film’s producers are very much adopting a Rachel Weisz-approach to the question of whether or not audiences will be seeing a female version of 007 in the future.

Earlier this year, Weisz argued that women “should get their own stories” rather than taking over a role typically associated with a man, and now Bond executive producer Barbara Broccoli has echoed that thought.

“Bond is male,” she said to The Guardian. “He’s a male character. He was written as a male and I think he’ll probably stay as a male. And that’s fine.

“We don’t have to turn male characters into women. Let’s just create more female characters and make the story fit those female characters.”

The producer also addressed one of the most common criticisms thrown at the Bond franchise, arguing that the films have come a long way from the un-feminist early Bond films of the 1950s.

“Look at the way the world has changed,” Barbara added. “And I think Bond has come through and transformed with the times. I’ve tried to do my part, and I think particularly with the Daniel [Craig] films, they’ve become much more current in terms of the way women are viewed.”

Either way, just maybe don’t expect a Jodie Whittaker-style recasting when Daniel Craig bows out of the Bond role.

Barbara’s comments follow on from a heated debate on yesterday’s (October 5) Loose Women, where panellists clashed on the issue of sexism in James Bond movies after Gemma Arterton shared a ‘re-written’ version of her Quantum of Solace role for the #MeToo era.

The next Bond film will be helmed by Cary Fukunaga following on from the departure of Danny Boyle earlier this year.

It’s due to start filming on March 4, 2019 at Pinewood Studios ahead of a worldwide release date of February 14, 2020, although it’s not yet clear if there will be the traditional earlier release in the UK.

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