James Bond Producer Rules Out a Woman Starring as the Suave Spy

Daniel Craig as Bond in "Skyfall"

Film series’ executive producer has said that James Bond will “probably” never be played by a female actress. 

With Daniel Craig’s expected departure from the franchise, rumors have been circulating who will take over the role of the British spy. A fan favorite to star as the lead was Idris Elda, who enjoyed teasing fans but confirmed that he will not take part in the franchise. 

Some fans suggested that the franchise cast a female Bond, but hopes of a gender switch were silenced by producer Barbara Broccoli, who told the Guardian that that direction is very unlikely. 

“Bond is male. He’s a male character. He was written as a male and I think he’ll probably stay as a male,” she told the outlet. “And that’s fine. We don’t have to turn male characters into women,” she added. “Let’s just create more female characters and make the story fit those female characters.” Finally, she added that the Bond character had in fact “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 next installment helmed by Cary Fukunaga and starring Craig is scheduled to hit theaters on February 14, 2020.