No Jane Bond in sight: Executive producer Barbara Broccoli revealed that it is very unlikely that a woman be cast as James Bond, and fans are not pleased
Broccoli recently revealed that the director of the James Bond franchise, Danny Boyle, left the film 14 weeks before shooting began due to ‘creative differences’. He was replaced by Cary Farkunuga. Broccoli also enticed Daniel Craig to return as Bond after her publicly said that he would rather slash his wrists that take up that character again.
However, with the looming empty seat for James Bond, many have started giving suggestions for who should take Craig’s place in the future. Favorites to replace him are Idris Elba, James Norton and Tom Hardy.
Others have suggested that the series restructure itself with a female lead: Charlize Theron, Claire Foy and Margot Robbie are all thought to be ideally suited.
Broccoli, who is the executive producer of Eon Productions and involved in the hiring and firing of James Bond, revealed that a female lead for Bond was unlikely. Speaking to the Guardian, she said, “Bond is male, He’s a male character. He was written as a male and I think he’ll probably stay as a male.”
“And that’s fine. We don’t have to turn male characters into women. Let’s just create more female characters and make the story fit those female characters,” she added.
People had a variety of reactions to this news:
Not many women called James out there
— – (@GoonerFlair) October 6, 2018
What I want know is, will Lara Croft ever be a man?
— Steve (Eggy) 🇬🇧 (@Eggit1) October 6, 2018
because james bond is a fella. would never see a bloke playing miss moneypenny
— keithy (@keithyjonno) October 6, 2018
Time for ‘Bernard Jones’ Diary’?
— PW (@paulwill617) October 6, 2018
Good! James Bond isn’t a woman he’s a man for crying out loud the world has gone berserk I hate it 😩
— Toni (@toni1688) October 6, 2018
Charlie’s Angels could be three burly builders called Keith, Jack and Sean
— Nick G (@MrNakes) October 6, 2018
The 58-year-old producer explained that while she is not looking for female leads to fill in Bond’s shoes, she is happy to conisder female screenwriters and directors for upcoming movies.
She also talked about how James Bond was not necessarily a feminist series, saying that people tend to “reference those early movies. It was written in the 50s, so there’s certain things in [Bond’s] DNA that are probably not gonna change.”
She added that despite this, there have been positive steps taken in the development and representation of female characters. She said, “But look at the way the world has changed. And I think Bond has come through and transformed with the times.”
“I’ve tried to do my part, and I think particularly with the Daniel [Craig] films, they’ve become much more current in terms of the way women are viewed.”
The producer got involved in the Bond films when she was only 17 years old, and her presence on set has created a very safe environment for women to work in. Rosamund Pike spoke about her in reference to Die Another Day, saying, “I look back over my experience and think: ‘My goodness, Barbara Broccoli was way ahead of all this #MeToo movement. There wasn’t an ounce of feeling uncomfortable while I was on that set.”
Broccoli herself said, “I was allowed to – encouraged to – grow within the company and felt very supported by my father and my brother, Michael. So I always said what I thought if I didn’t like something. I’m acutely aware of what actors have to go through. They have to expose the most vulnerable parts of themselves. I think you have to create an environment where people feel free to experiment and not be ridiculed.”
James Bond 25 will be released in UK cinemas on February 14, 2020.