James Bond Makes His Entrance In Casino Royale
movie producer Barbara Broccoli says actors of any race can play the infamous 007 agent -- so long as they're a man and British.
Answering the question of whether there will ever be a Black or female Bond in a profile for THR
, Broccoli answered, "I think it will be a man because I don’t think a woman should play James Bond. I believe in making characters for women and not just having women play men’s roles. I don’t think there are enough great roles for women, and it’s very important to me that we make movies for women about women. He should be British, so British can be any [ethnicity or race]."
This response echoes the comments made by actor Daniel Craig
, who recently completed his five-film run as 007 with No Time to Die
. In September, Craig responded to similar questioning by saying, "There should simply be better parts for women and actors of colour. Why should a woman play James Bond when there should be a part just as good as James Bond, but for a woman?"
Barbara Broccoli, the daughter of previous James Bond producer Albert Broccoli, is the head decisionmaker for the franchise alongside her half-half brother Michael Wilson. Since 1995's GoldenEye, she's overseen Pierce Brosnan and Craig's films as the iconic secret agent and made efforts to modernize the franchise. Going back to Ian Fleming's original novels and the Sean Connery films in the '60s, Bond had long been a sexist character, but Broccoli has worked towards greater gender equality over the past three decades, casting Judi Dench as the first female M and developing stronger "Bond girls" who can keep up with the action.
"[Broccoli] brought the character and the franchise into the modern era without compromising what’s entertaining about a Bond movie and very discreetly did away with some of the less inclusive things that were OK back in the ’70s," said Donna Langley, chairwoman of Universal Pictures, the studio which released No Time to Die internationally. "She also [was behind] creating really fantastic female characters. That’s been done with a meticulous eye toward a more balanced franchise, while the brilliant casting of Daniel Craig kept all of the charm and elegance and fun of the character."
Even so, Bond's characterization is still heavily tied to notions of masculinity and nationalism, so casting a woman (or an American) in the role might be considered too big a change.
No Time to Die
is now playing in theaters.