James Bond will always be a man, says producer

James Bond will always be a man, says producer

Daniel Craig discusses auction for James Bond's pants in 2019

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Craig, 53, is handing in his secret agent’s licence to kill with the release of No Time To Die, his fifth Bond. Asked if she believes a woman will ever take over, 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.

“I’m sort of in denial, I would love for Daniel to continue forever. So I’m not thinking about it, that’s something Michael [half-brother and fellow producer Michael G Wilson] and I will discuss next year.”

Asked if talks on a successor are imminent, she said: “No. We want to celebrate the fantastic tenure of Daniel Craig, who’s given everything to this character in this franchise for 15 years.”

No Time To Die director Cary Joji Fukunaga, the first American to shoot a Bond film, said Craig is a tough act to follow. Asked if he would like more diversity in the spy, he said: “It’s going to be hard for anyone to follow in Daniel’s footsteps.

“When Daniel came in, it was such a different version of the character. Whoever plays it just needs to have that ­charisma, needs to have those layers. The most important thing is that there’s ­attrition to the character, obviously, in terms of who they are.”

Captain Marvel actress Lashana Lynch debuts as agent Nomi and says she is “standing up for black women”, adding: “It’s a reflection of where we are right now, where I would like the world to go.

“It’s a real reminder that we need to keep having conversations about all communities around the world. That’s partly what I think she represents, but also she’s bold and fierce and standing up for women – black women.”

No Time To Die is out in UK cinemas on Thursday.

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