The producers for the 007 franchise have confirmed that the next James Bond will 100% be a man.
No Time to Die, the next film in the 007 franchise, will also be the last time Daniel Craig appears in the iconic role of James Bond. As always, there has been plenty of speculation about who might get the part next with some even wondering if it could be a woman.
Well, that particular question can be put to bed as producers for the franchise have said the next Bond will definitely be a man. Speaking to Variety, producer Barbara Broccoli said:
“He can be of any color, but he is male. 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 search for the next Bond hasn’t begun quite yet but once No Time to Die has been and gone, expect the casting rumour mill to go into overdrive ahead of an official announcement.
Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.
No Time To Die is set for release in the UK on April 2nd 2020 and in the U.S. on April 8th 2020 and stars Daniel Craig (James Bond), Ralph Fiennes (M), Naomie Harris (Moneypenny), Rory Kinnear (Tanner), Léa Seydoux (Madeleine Swann), Ben Whishaw (Q), Jeffrey Wright (Felix Leiter) and Christoph Waltz (Blofeld), while new additions include Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody), Ana de Armas (Blade Runner 2049), Lashana Lynch (Captain Marvel), Billy Magnussen (Velvet Buzzsaw), Dali Benssalah (A Faithful Man) and David Dencik (Top of the Lake).