To be clear, the current incarnation of 007 is a woman. British actress Lyshanna Lynch plays Nomi in No Time To Die. She has taken over from Bond as the next 007. But fans know that this is simply the secret agent’s designation, passed on to a successor when the previous holder dies or retires. The matter of being James Bond is an entirely different question. And the woman who holds the power in the film franchise has a very categorical answer – with equally clear reasons why.
Barbara Broccoli succeeded her father Cubby as the guardian of James Bond on the big screen, alongside long-term producer Michael G Wilson.
As No Time To Die prepares to finally hit cinemas worldwide later this week, everyone involved in the film has been giving interviews and one of the big questions that keeps coming up is whether James Bond will ever be played by a woman.
British bookies like Ladbrokes have Lashanna Lynch at 5/1 to be the next Bond. William Hill recently offered excellent odds of 11/2 for a female James Bond in the next movie, with Vigil star Suranne Jones (9/1) and Lashanna Lynch (10/1) leading the way. That may all quickly change after Broccoli’s latest comments.
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Broccoli said: “James Bond is a male character.
“I hope that there will be many, many films made with women, for women, by women, about women. I don’t think we have to take a male character and have a woman portray him. So yes, I see him as male.”
Current Bond actor Daniel Craig, who was instrumental in bringing Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge on board for No Time To Die, also had a clear answer on how the issue should be tackled.
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Craig told Radio Times: “The answer to that is very simple. There should simply be better parts for women and actors of colour.
“Why should a woman play James Bond when there should be a part just as good as James Bond, but for a woman?”
Much has been made of the inherent sexism in the classic-era Bond films, reflective of the times in which they were made.
Everyone involved today has been very clear about how that is no longer acceptable, with Broccoli stating: “I think people are coming around — with some kicking and screaming — to accepting that stuff is no longer acceptable. Thank goodness. Bond is a character who was written in 1952 and the first film [Dr. No] came out in 1962. He’s got a long history, and the history of the past is very different to the way he is being portrayed now.”
This has been reflected Lynch’s character and also the involvement of Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
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Lynch told The Hollywood Reporter about her faith in director Cary Fukunaga: “Cary had big discussions with Barbara and Daniel about how to give the female characters equity, how to keep them in charge of themselves, how to give them solo moments where the audience learns who they are.
““It was really important to empower the female characters as stand-alones. And I think that he kept that in mind throughout the whole shoot. I didn’t feel like Nomi, as a young Black woman, was constantly standing behind the white guy, which, for me, is job done. And that was a very conscious decision for Cary.”
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