James Bond Producer Says Daniel Craig’s Replacement Will Definitely Be a British Man

In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, producer Barbara Broccoli said the next Bond won't be a woman

Daniel Craig attends pre-race ceremonies prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 10, 2021 in Concord, North Carolina. A James Bond producer says the next Bond will be a British man.
Daniel Craig at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in October.
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Since Daniel Craig stepped down from the role of James Bond following this year’s No Time to Die, there’s been plenty of speculation over who the next person to portray the iconic spy will be — and whether that person might be a BIPOC actor or a woman. We can rule out the latter, according to a new profile of Bond producer Barbara Broccoli in The Hollywood Reporter.

Broccoli explained that while she’s open to changing 007’s race, she doesn’t want to simply force a woman into a man’s part. “I think it will be a man because I don’t think a woman should play James Bond,” she told the publication. “I believe in making characters for women and not just having women play men’s roles. I don’t think there are enough great roles for women, and it’s very important to me that we make movies for women about women. He should be British, so British can be any [ethnicity or race].”

But it sounds like she’s in no rush to speculate over who the next British man to play Bond will be.

“I want to let this film play and really celebrate Daniel’s incredible achievement that he has done over 16 years,” she said. “People always ask, ‘Oh, who’s the next James Bond?’ It’s like asking a bride as she’s going up to the altar who’s her next husband going to be. I don’t really want to think about who is going to be the next person until I absolutely have to.”

But whoever the new Bond winds up being, there’s a chance they’ll collaborate with No Time to Die director Cary Fukunaga. Broccoli said she’s open to bringing back Fukunaga to direct another installment of the franchise if he’s open to it.

“We love Cary. He’s done an exceptional job,” she said. “I don’t have any idea whether he’d do another one. I think he did this because he wanted a challenge, and he sure pulled it off. But I’m not sure if he’d do another one. We’d love to work with him again.”

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