Black or Female James Bond is 'Possible', Says Producer

Posted 2018/01/03 0 0

Barbara Broccoli says she is totally open to having a Bond who isn’t white and perhaps isn’t even a man.


Daniel Craig is signed up to play James Bond at least one more time in the upcoming 25th 007 movie, but who may play the super-spy after Craig retires from the function? In an interview with Daily Mail, Barbara Broccoli, the producer of the James Bond franchise, spoke about the future of the James Bond franchise, and she was specifically asked about diversifying the lead role after Craig is done. She didn’t go as far as to say that the next 007 will definitively be non-white and/or a woman, but she is very much open to it, saying “anything is possible.“

Broccoli then was asked by the Daily Mail whether the idea of casting a black actor or a woman was on the cards when the time comes to line up a replacement for Daniel Craig.

She said: “These films tend to reflect the times so we always try to push the envelope a little bit. Anything is possible. Right now it’s Daniel Craig, and I’m very happy with Daniel Craig, but who knows what the future will bring?”

Craig has played the British super-spy four times already, in the movies Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, and Spectre. Bond 25, or whatever the movie ends up being called, could be Craig's last time playing 007. "I think this is it. I just want to go out on a high note," Craig said last year. "I can't wait."

There have been several suggestions for who should take over as James Bond after Craig, but no one has been fan-cast more than Idris Elba. Despite the persistent efforts by fans, Elba says he’s never been contacted about the role, and doubts he will ever play the part. Charlize Theron, who has been more frequently fan-cast as the new Bond since her turn in the spy thriller Atomic Blonde, has said that she would even prefer the role go to someone like Elba, rather than herself.