Ana de Armas doesn’t have a prospect on who should be the next James Bond, but she emphasizes one thing – it should not be a woman.
In a recent interview with The Sun, the 34-year-old actress, who portrayed No Time to Die’s Paloma, said a female version of Bond is not necessary.
“There’s no need for a female Bond. There shouldn’t be any need to steal someone else’s character, you know, to take over. This is a novel, and it leads into this James Bond world and this fantasy of that universe where he’s at,” she said.
Rather than doing that, de Armas states that she would want to witness the already-introduced female roles in the franchise be given their spotlights.
“What I would like is that the female roles in the Bond films, even though Bond will continue to be a man, are brought to life in a different way,” she stated.
Then, she adds, “That they’re given more substantial part and recognition. That’s what I think is more interesting than flipping things.”
No Time to Die was the last outing of Daniel Craig as the legendary 007 character, which made many wonder who would step in as the character next.
Women Don’t Think Bond Should be a Woman
De Armas is not the only one who wishes that the role be left as it is – a male.
Long-standing showrunner of the famous spy franchise, Barbara Broccoli, poured out her concerns about the possible gender swap.
“Bond is male,” she said in a 2018 interview with The Guardian. “He’s a male character. He was written as a male, and I think he’ll probably stay as a male.”
“And that’s fine. We don’t have to turn male characters into women,” Broccoli continued. “Let’s just create more female characters and make the story fit those female characters.”
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Not even a year later, Rosamund Pike, who played the character of Bond Girl in Die Another Day in 2002, voiced the same view.
“I think the character of James Bond is a man. He is really,” she stated. “Why not make a kick-ass female agent in her own right?”
Craig’s replacement will have to wait, as the next installment will not be in production soon. Last month, Broccoli said in an interview with Deadline that filming the latest movie was at least two years away, if not more. She added that “nobody’s in the running” for the role.
James Bond has One Hell of a History
The original novel was written by Ian Fleming, who has already written twelve novels and two short-story collections starring agent Bond. But after his death in 1964, eight other authors have taken over the Bond novels – don’t fret, they are authorized.
These writers include Kingsley Amis, John Gardner, Christopher Wood, Sebastian Faulks, Raymond Benson, William Boyd, Anthony Horowitz, and Jeffery Deaver.
The most recent novel starring the iconic spy, Forever and a Day, was written by Anthon Horowitz and was published in May 2018.
Moreover, Charlie Higson has authored a series featuring young James Bond, while Kate Westbrook authored three novels inspired by the diaries of a returning series character, Moneypenny.
The film has earned more than $7 billion in total, becoming the fifth highest-grossing film series to date.
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