Over the past few years, discussions about who will carry on the Bond legacy after Daniel Craig have gotten serious. While Craig will still be taking on the character for the next film in the franchise, Bond 25, for a while there, it seemed like that wouldn’t be the case. In the years between his announcement of his return and Spectre, speculation ran rampant.
In addition to the standard white male Brits that many fans threw out as potential contenders, there were also some fans who thought that the new bond should either be a person of color or a woman. As of right now, who knows if that’s even a possibility, but there is one actress who thinks he should stay a dude.
Speaking with Uproxx, Rosamund Pike, who played Miranda Frost in Die Another Day, said the following:
“I’d just say write a new story. I mean James Bond is a character that Ian Fleming created. I mean, you know of course the brand has become bigger and whatever, but take one of the Bond Girls and give her her own story. I think the character of James Bond is a man. He is really. But I mean, to have such a character in a completely independent series, why should a woman get sort of sloppy seconds? Why should she have once been a man and now it has to be played by a woman? Why not make a kick-ass female agent in her own right? … [Bond is] a very masculine creation. So sure, make an unexpected, unapologetic, kick-ass, amazing female agent and yes, I’ll play her.”
Gotta agree with her on this one, though I’d take it a step further. Don’t make it about a Bond girl, but just have the confidence to make a whole new property revolving around a female agent. Too often in Hollywood do we get those gender-swapped remakes, and I think that doesn’t really give enough credit to female characters and actors if we make everything rely on an established masculine brand.
But what do you think? Do you agree with Pike, or do you want to see Bond as a woman? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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