Daniel Craig has said he does not believe James Bond should be played by a woman.
The debate over representation and the future reworking of the spy figure has been raging for years, with some fans suggesting that a woman could take over the iconic role.
However, the idea has also sparked a backlash from critics who either say it would do the character a disservice or that there are better ways to improve on-screen representation.
Talking to Radio Times, Craig has now offered his own opinion that “there simply should be better parts for women and colorful actors”.
He questioned: “Why should a woman play James Bond when there should be as good a role as James Bond, but for a woman?”
Craig is the latest member of the Bond Universe to speak out against a woman in the lead role.
In an interview with 2020 with Variety, said franchise producer Barbara Broccoli: “James Bond can have any color, but he’s a man.”
She explained that this is because she would rather create new characters that women can portray, rather than get a woman to play a role that was originally written as a man.
“I mean, we need to create new characters for women – strong female characters,” she continued. “I’m not very interested in taking a male character and getting a woman to play it. I think women are far more interesting than that. ”
In 2017, Halle Berry also told Entertainment tonight that “the series is steeped in history … you know, Ian Fleming’s stories. I do not think you can change Bond into a woman. ”
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No time to die will see actress Lashana Lynch play the first female 007.
However, talk to The guardian Prior to the film’s release earlier this month, Lynch denied speculation that she could take over as Bond in future installments, saying, “Nooo! You do not want me! ”
When asked who she thought it should be, Lynch replied: “We are a place in time where the industry does not just give the audience what it thinks the audience wants. They actually give the audience what the want to give the audience.
“With Bond, it can be a man or a woman. They could be white, black, Asian, mixed breeds. They could be young or old. At the end of the day, even if a two-year-old played Bond, everyone would flock to the cinema to see what this two-year-old should do, right? ”
Lynch’s comments came amid widespread speculation about who will be the next James Bond, with Tom Hardy, Idris Elba and Tom Hiddleston among the oft-cited candidates.
No time to die expected to be released on September 30th.