Rumours have been rife since actor Daniel Craig announced that he would no longer play the James Bond character on the big screen. Could the next main protagonist in the series be a woman? Barbara Broccoli, co-producer of the franchise, finally decided: no Jane Bond on the horizon.
In the next film in the franchise, Dying Can Wait (No Time to Die), it is always Daniel Craig who plays James Bond, but for the first time, the title of agent 007 will be attributed to a woman, interpreted by Lashana Lynch.
After Idris Elba was considered to embody the first black James Bond, and ultimately refused, many wondered if a woman could be considered to embody a female version of the famous secret agent.
He may be of all colours, but he’s a man, said Barbara Broccoli in a rare interview with Variety magazine.
I am not particularly interested in taking a male character and having it interpreted by a woman. I think women are much more interesting than that, she added.
For better or for worse, we are the guardians of this character. We take this responsibility seriously, she told Variety, alongside her half-brother Michael G. Wilson, with whom she has been running the James Bond franchise for over 20 years.
This responsibility was passed on to them by Barbara’s father and Michael’s stepfather, Albert “Cubby” Broccoli, who produced the first 16 adaptations of the James Bond series, written by Ian Fleming in the 1950s. The producer has passed away in 1996, after having ceded control of the franchise to his two children in 1995, the year of the eye of fire (GoldenEye), the flagship opus of the series.
Dying Can Wait, which is the twenty-fifth chapter in the saga and the last with actor Daniel Craig as James Bond, will be released on April 10 in North America.
In this film, James Bond, who is enjoying a peaceful retirement in Jamaica, is contacted by an agent of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to search for a kidnapped scientist. He will face an enemy embodied by British actor Rami Malek, who won the Oscar for best actor for Bohemian Rhapsody in 2019.