Female 'Bond' Producer Thinks Women Are Too "Interesting" To Play The Iconic Character
Barbara Broccoli has spent her life at the helm of the 'Bond' series, and she's stamping out any hopes that 007 may one day be portrayed by a woman.
The British-American film producer knows James Bond like he were a member of her own family. After all, it was her family that helped his story come to life.
The Broccolis have kept a strong hold on the franchise since the early 60s, when Barbara's father Albert R. Broccoli first brought the super suave book character to the big screen.
Barbara Broccoli now oversees the 'Bond' business. In a rare interview for Variety, she has finally responded to calls that the film franchise is in dire need of diversity.
And she agrees... to a point.
“He can be of any colour, but he is male,” Broccoli told the publication, shutting down any hope the enigmatic 'man of mystery' might one day be portrayed by a female.
It does sound like a step in the wrong direction for gender equality in the industry, but Broccoli says it's about more than having a woman play a male character.
“I believe we should be creating new characters for women — strong female characters. 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 then goes onto explain that she and Michael G. Wilson, her half-brother and fellow company head, were instrumental in the "contemporary" casting of Daniel Craig.
Craig may be white, male and British, but he is fair-haired - and Broccoli suggests that his casting broke the 'tall, dark and handsome' mould that has hallmarked the character for decades.
The spy series has crafted a total of 24 films, with eight separate actors stepping into the seminal protagonist's shoes. Craig announced that 'No Time To Die', the latest 'Bond' film set to hit British cinemas in April this year, would be his last appearance as 007.
This set off a title wave of speculation and recommendations, including many actors and actresses that don't fit that cookie-cutter casting we've seen in the past.
And despite Broccoli's comments branding a female Bond out of the question, the interview has fueled hope that the next actor to step into the role could be a man of colour.
Idris Elba is a name that continues to come up. The black English actor has long been tipped to take on the role of Bond, but he is cautious to throw his weight behind it.
"James Bond is a hugely coveted, iconic, beloved character, that takes audiences on this massive escapism journey," he told Vanity Fair last year. "But it's not something I've expressed, like, 'yeah, I wanna be the black James Bond'."
Barbara Broccoli and her team certainly seem to be interested in diversifying the character that is 007. Only, not quite as much as many people had hoped.