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

Despite fans speculations, according to the series’ executive producer, James Bond will “probably” never be played by a female actress. 

Social media has been buzzing with fans guessing who will take over the lead in the Bond franchise after Daniel Craig’s expected departure. While some suggested various actors to take over the iconic character, like Idris Elba, some thought it was time a woman starred as the suave spy.

But the idea of a gender switch is off the table according to producer Barbara Broccoli, who told the Guardian that the change the production will go in that creative 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 Fukunaga and starring Craig is scheduled to hit theaters on February 14, 2020.