Daniel Craig Says James Bond Should Not Be Played By A Woman
This is coming on the heels of speculation over who will replace Craig as the actor is retiring from the role since he first starred in 2006’s Casino Royale. The debate over Craig’s replacement has seen calls for inclusivity in the recasting of the spy character, with some suggesting a woman could take over the iconic role.
Craig, however, says that the role shouldn’t be played by a female actress because they deserve their own roles that haven’t been written for men.
“There should simply be better parts for women and actors of colour,” Craig told Radio Times when asked for his thoughts about a woman playing Bond.
He added: “Why should a woman play James Bond when there should be a part just as good as James Bond, but for a woman?”
He said the addition of Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge to the writing team was to ‘spice it up’ but she was a Bond fan so ‘she wasn’t about to take him in a different direction’.
Multiple actresses have supported Daniel’s statement that Bond should be played by a male actor, including Die Another Day star Halle Berry, who said on Entertainment Tonight in 2017: ‘That series is steeped in history… you know, Ian Fleming’s stories. I don’t think you can change Bond to a woman.’
Producer Barbara also said on Good Morning Britain in 2019: ‘We have to make movies about women and women’s stories but we have to create female characters and not just for a gimmick turn a male character into a woman.’
No Time To Die will see the introduction of the first female 00 agent, played by Lashana Lynch, sparking calls for the next Bond to be played by a woman.