James Bond: Barbara Broccoli on the next 007

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Barbara Broccoli shoots down suggestions that Daniel Craig’s replacement as James Bond will be a woman.

It’s not been officially confirmed but it seems a pretty well-known secret now that Daniel Craig will be leaving the role of James Bond 007, following this April’s No Time To Die. The new film will be his fifth in the role, and speculation is already rife as to who will be stepping into his tuxedo.

It’s a question that producer Barbara Broccoli has presumably had on her mind for some time too, and in a new interview with Variety, she and co-producer Michael G Wilson have insisted that the search for the new 007 hasn’t really got underway. But Broccoli also was clear that there are parameters in place.

“He can be of any colour, but he is male”, Broccoli said of the next James Bond. Referring to rumours that a woman may play 007 in the future, she added that “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”.

The current bookies’ favourite when we checked this morning was James Norton, of Grantchester fame. But it may be a little while yet before we get news of just who Daniel Craig’s replacement will be.

More as we hear it.


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