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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

In recent years, there’s been a lot of conversation regarding the future of the James Bond character. On the heels of the disappointing Spectre, it was expected that Daniel Craig would be calling it quits as the 007 agent. But who would take his place?

Rumors went swirling about countless actors that included Tom Hiddleston and Idris Elba. Elba’s name then brought into question whether or not the character needed to be white, or whether he needed to be a he at all. Could James Bond, in fact, be female?

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Well, there’s one actress who thinks he should hold on to his cojones, and it’s none other than Rachel Weisz. Speaking with The Telegraph, Weisz said:

“[Ian Fleming] devoted an awful lot of time to writing this particular character, who is particularly male and relates in a particular way to women. Why not create your own story rather than jumping on to the shoulders and being compared to all those other male predecessors? Women are really fascinating and interesting and should get their own stories.”

I actually couldn’t agree more. While I don’t necessarily have a problem with there being a female Bond (I’ve admittedly never been the biggest fan of the films in general), she makes some great points. At the end of the day, the character is very much the embodiment of masculinity in many ways. Rather than try to shift that into a female version, why not just create an all-new franchise around a female agent?

What do you think of Weisz’s comments? Do you agree that James Bond is better left as a dude? let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: The Telegraph

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.