James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has claimed she wouldn’t consider making 007 a woman in future iterations of the character.
The British American film producer revealed in an interview with Variety that although she wouldn’t want to cast a female lead, the spy could ‘be of any colour’.
Her comments come as speculation continues to grow on who could replace Daniel Craig in the next instalment of the franchise.
The long-standing producer of James Bond films explained: ‘He can be of any colour, but he is male. I believe we should be creating new characters for women — strong female characters.
‘I’m not particularly interested in taking a male character and having a woman play it. I think women are far more interesting than that.’
Barbara’s comments came as the current Bond, Daniel Craig was spotted at JFK airport after landing in New York City on Wednesday.
The actor is gearing up to play the spy for the final time in No Time To Die, yet looked worlds away from the iconic character as he swapped a classic tuxedo for jeans during his flight.
The actor, 51, kept his look low-key as he donned a dark blue coat over a comfy beige sweater that was paired with a light blue shirt.
Daniel completed his look with a pair of loose-fitting denim jeans, and the James Bond star offset his look by wearing brown suede boots.
He shielded his blonde locks with a grey baker boy cap, and wore a pair of black-rimmed glasses for the outing.
Ready to get on with his day, Daniel wore one bag across his torso and also carried another backpack on one shoulder.
Although Daniel now says he is ‘really happy’ he signed up for a fifth film, his comments starkly contrast with his response about signing up again when he was asked in 2015, shortly before the release of Spectre.
‘I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists,’ he said during an interview with London’s Time Out magazine. ‘We’re done. All I want to do is move on.’
The Layer Cake star added that if he were to sign up again, it would only be for the money.
But Daniel did agree to star in the much-anticipated No Time To Die, for a reported fee of £18.4 million ($25million).
As well as Casino Royale, Skyfall in 2012 and Spectre, Daniel also appeared in Quantum of Solace in 2008.
Now Bond bosses are in the midst of looking for a replacement, with the likes of Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Richard Madden and Tom Hardy tipped to play 007 next.
The Bodyguard star previously claimed in Vogue’s May 2019 issue that he’d be just as happy to be a ‘Bond Boy’ to a female version of the character, as he think’s there’d be an ‘interesting dynamic’.
Speaking in 2018, the actor – who found fame as the doomed Robb Stark in Game Of Thrones – admitted he was honoured to be associated with Bond.
‘This is what happens with all these shows, like Tom Hiddelston in The Night manager. Then there’s the next one. I’m the next one,’ he told GQ.
‘I’m more than flattered to be mentioned, for people to consider putting me in that role. I’m very flattered and thankful. It’s a really brilliant thing to be in. I don’t want to curse anything by saying anything.’
Other names mentioned to take on the iconic role include James Norton, Aidan Turner, Riz Ahmed, Henry Cavill, Damian Lewis, and David Oyelowo.
While Outlander’s Sam Heughan was also recently suggested for the part, and when asked by STV News about the possibility, he said: ‘I think any actor who says they wouldn’t would be lying, and I think it’s time we had a Scottish Bond again.’
X Files star Gillian Anderson was the only female whose name was thrown into the ring, but in light of Barbara’s recent comments, it seems her chance of playing the lead are slim.