Ana de Armas has said she does not have a prospect on who should be cast as James Bond. However, her opinion is clear – it should not be a woman.
The 34-year-old actress told The Sun that she doesn’t think a female version of Bond would be necessary.
“There’s no need for a female Bond. There shouldn’t be any need to steal someone else’s character, you know, to take over. This is a novel, and it leads into this James Bond world and this fantasy of that universe where he’s at,” she said.
As she sees it, de Armas states that if there are already female roles in this franchise, they should be given their spotlight.
“What I would like is that the female roles in the Bond films, even though Bond will continue to be a man, are brought to life in a different way,” she stated.
Then, she adds, “That they’re given more substantial part and recognition. That’s what I think is more interesting than flipping things.”
No Time to Die was the last outing of Daniel Craig as James Bond; it made many wonder who would step into the iconic role next.
Women Don’t Think Bond Should be a Woman
Many people agree with De Armas and wish the role would stay as it currently stands – male.
The head of one of the most famous spy franchises has expressed her concerns about a possible gender swap.
“Bond is male,” she said in a 2018 interview with The Guardian. “He’s a male character. He was written as a male, and I think he’ll probably stay as a male.”
“And that’s fine. We don’t have to turn male characters into women,” Broccoli continued. “Let’s just create more female characters and make the story fit those female characters.”
Not even a year later, Rosamund Pike, who played the character of Bond Girl in Die Another Day in 2002, voiced the same view.
“I think the character of James Bond is a man. He is really,” she stated. “Why not make a kick-ass female agent in her own right?”
Unfortunately, this means that Craig’s replacement will have to wait. The next installment of the show won’t be in production soon enough. Last month, Broccoli said in an interview with Deadline that filming the latest movie was at least two years away, if not more. She added that “nobody’s in the running” for the role.
James Bond has one heck of a history
Ian Fleming, who created James Bond in his novels and short stories, has already written twelve books. But after his death in 1964, eight other authors have taken over the Bond novels – don’t fret, they are authorized.
Kingsley Amis, John Gardner, Christopher Wood, Sebastian Faulks, Raymond Benson, William Boyd, Anthony Horowitz, and Jeffery Deaver are the writers who took the responsibility to continue Fleming’s legacy.
The most recent novel starring the iconic spy, Forever and a Day, was written by Anthon Horowitz and was published in May 2018.
Furthermore, Charlie Higson has authored a series featuring young James Bond, while Kate Westbrook authored three novels inspired by the diaries of a returning series character, Moneypenny.
The film has earned more than $7 billion in total, making it the fifth highest-grossing film series to date.