James Bond’s future is uncertain. Daniel Craig has made no secret of his desire to step down from the role after this latest upcoming film, No time to die. (He made no secret of his desire to step down from the role after Spectrum too, but he came back once more.)
The franchise will obviously continue, but it’s unclear who will play James Bond next. In fact, we don’t even know if the character will be called “James Bond”, as maybe a talented actress will inherit the role eventually.
It would certainly be different, and perhaps very interesting, and it’s a concept some Bond fans have been championing for decades. But according to Craig himself, that’s a bad idea. Requested by the Radio schedules whether the next Bond should be a woman or an actor of color, Craig replied:
The answer to this is very simple. There simply should be better roles for women and actors of color. Why should a woman play James Bond when there should be a role as good as James Bond, but for a woman?
Craig’s comments match those given a few years ago by James Bond franchise producer Barbara Broccoli, who said in 2018 “Bond is a man. He’s a male character. He was written as a man and I think he will probably stay as a man. And it’s good. We don’t have to turn male characters into women. Let’s just create more female characters and tailor the story to those female characters.
Craig’s statements are a matter of personal opinion, but Broccoli is one of Bond’s most important behind-the-scenes figures. If she says Bond should be a man, there’s a good chance he’ll become a man. As to who this man will be, we’ll have to wait and see.
In the meantime, farewell Craig’s Bond, No time to die, hits theaters on October 8.