There has been talk in recent years of shaking up the James Bond franchise and re-casting the 007 character with a female. Long-time Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has come out against that, and another female associated with the franchise, Ana de Armas, has come down on Broccoli’s side.
Speaking with EW she says:
“There’s no need for a female Bond. There shouldn’t be any need to steal someone else’s character, you know, to take over. This is a novel, and it leads into this James Bond world and this fantasy of that universe where he’s at.”
De Armas instead calls for something else:
“What I would like is that the female roles in the Bond films, even though Bond will continue to be a man, are brought to life in a different way. That they’re given a more substantial part and recognition. That’s what I think is more interesting than flipping things.”
You can read my review for No Time to Die here, I gave it a 2/10. It is the worst Bond movie I’ve ever seen, worse than the one where Brosnan was driving around in an invisible car — widely regarded as a low point for Bond, which spurred Daniel Craig’s ‘grit’ reboot. Craig left differently from how he arrived, I’ll tell you what…